1 Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales

A fascinating hoard of art treasures hidden away in a convent in the centre of Madrid.

2 Palacio Real

Marvel at the over-the-top opulence in this grandiose former residence of the Spanish monarchs.

3 El Rastro

Take a Sunday stroll from Plaza Mayor through Madrid’s shambolic flea market.

4 A visit to the Prado

The Goya, Velázquez and Bosch collections alone make the trip to one of the world’s greatest art museums a must.

5 Guernica

See this icon of twentieth-century art set in context at the Reina Sofía.

6 Real Madrid

Watch Real’s dazzling roster of big-name players parade their footballing skills at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium.

7 Tapas

Sample the vast array of tasty specialities as you hop from bar to bar in the Huertas or La Latina districts.

8 A night on the tiles

Start late at a bar, then go on to a club and try to make it into the early hours before collapsing over chocolate con churros.

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