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.
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.
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.