Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.

insider tips

  • Enjoy of one Europe’s finest café cultures in Madrid’s charming Plaza Mayor.
  • Dive into the epic Madrid nightlife which kicks off in the wee hours of the morning.
  • Wander around the Museo del Prado, one of the finest art galleries in the world.
  • Join the locals lazing on the grass at Retiro park on Sunday afternoon. There’s a lake too if you feel like a paddle.
  • Wander through Chueca, undoubtedly the hippest district in town, in particular Calle Fuencarral, an epicentre of funky designs and snappy local labels with a dazzling array of bars and cafes.
  • The Mercado San Miguel should not be missed. Expect tasty bocadillos and freshly sliced 'jamon' (ham) by day, and delicious tapas in the evening accompanied by a chilled cervesa.

what we think

Madrid offers a vibrancy and energy of its own. It is Europe’s highest, greenest and sunniest capital with lush parks and world class museums. Sleep is enjoyed as a mid-afternoon siesta as at night time the city buzzes with overflowing tapas bars and plazas filled with live music. After the heat of the day, the dry warmth of the night makes an alfresco lifestyle essential. In addition to the famous sights, you will enjoy getting lost in one of Madrid’s many quirky local neighbourhoods where you’ll find anything from flamenco shows to graffiti-sprayed tapas bars – there’s always something to discover around the next corner.