Must-do in Madrid
Sunday at the Rastro Market
Come Sunday locals flock to this vast flea market situated in the heart of the Latina district. Browse the street-side stalls for everything from crafts to clothing, kitchenware to accessories, second-hand LPs to magazines. The market is particularly famed for its selection of antiques and vintage furniture – there’s even an auction house.
Segovia passing through San Lorenzo de El Escorial
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, the historic city of Segovia is well worth a visit. Its old town is literally bursting at the seams with monuments, including the Roman aqueduct, the distinctive alcázar, the monastery of San Antonio el Real and the Cathedral of Santa María.
Nestled in the Sierra de Guadarrama, the San Lorenzo de El Escorial complex includes a royal palace, a basilica, a pantheon, a library and a monastery. It was conceived in the second half of the 16th century by King Felipe II as the residence of the Spanish royal family; the basilica is the burial place of Spain’s kings and the monastery is currently occupied by monks of the Order of St Augustine.
Shopping at Las Rozas Village
Less than 30 minutes from the city centre, this global shopping destination hosts a vast selection of the very best Spanish and international fashion and lifestyle brands, with savings of up to 60% on the recommended retail price.
Add to foremost fashion five-star hospitality and services to make you feel right at home: free WiFi, a children’s play area and a diverse range of dining options, plus the opportunity to redeem your air miles. An exclusive Concierge service is also on hand to organise every detail of your trip, from your chauffeured transfer to an appointment at your favourite boutique.
A night on the town
In a city that never sleeps, there’s plenty to keep you busy when the sun goes down…
Corral de la Morería | Calle Morería, 17
For the finest flamenco in Spain head to this, one of the city’s oldest tablaos. Its stage has witnessed performances by the singers, guitarists and performers that have elevated this quintessentially Spanish dance to a seductive art form.
This trendy neighbourhood comes alive at night with countless cocktail bars and authentic eateries. Chueca is also among the most famous LGTBI hubs in Europe – the annual Pride celebration is one of the city’s biggest festivals.
Ironically, Madrid’s most historic district houses the capital’s most contemporary residents. The birthplace of La Movida Madrileña (The Madrid Scene), the counter-culture movement of the 1980s, it’s strewn with cool cafés, edgy restaurants and quirky bars, not to mention the eclectic boutiques of a number of independent designers.
Situated between Paseo de la Castellana and calle de Alcalá, Salamanca is the focal point for one of the most select Madrid night scenes. Expect well-heeled revellers with gilded purses.