An archway leading way to Plaza Mayor in Madrid

Five essential Madrid experiences

Get the most from your Madrid must-do list, with our insider’s guide
Charismatic Madrid has an energy all of its own. Its art collections are the envy of the world, as is its gastronomic scene, encompassing tiled, traditional tapas bars and Michelin-starred newcomers. From grand monuments to foot-stamping flamenco, there’s a lot to see and do – which means you’ll need to pace yourself and slot into the rhythm of the city. Madrilenians love nothing more than whiling away a few hours on a pavement terrace, so follow their example and take your time over an iced café con hielo.