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Spain,
Madrid

Introduction

With a healthy work ethic and lots of places to spend your weekends, Madrid's greatest asset is its quality of life. Nestled in the middle of the Iberian peninsula, temperatures may soar in summer but thankfully there are plenty of ways to seek refuge from the heat, such as enjoying mouthwatering dishes in the city's restaurants or taking in a few of the jaw-dropping art collections in the capital's galleries.

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Essentials

  1. Stray an extra 10 minutes from centre points Sol and Gran Via and you will discover some of the city’s best secrets.
  2. Avoid the traffic and take the world-class metro.
  3. The capital may be in central Spain but the seafood is some of the best in the country.
  4. Sample tapas and local wines in the revamped markets. The Mercado de San Antón and Mercado de San Miguel are open well into the night.
  5. Madrid hosts some of the best classical guitar and dance shows in Spain.
  6. Lunch is between 13.30 and 16.30, Dinner at 20.30 to 23.30. An abundance of tapas bars will help you along the way in case of emergency.

Two-hour tour

  • Real Jardin Botanico — A great place to rest your museum-weary feet, the 20 acres of the city's botanic garden contain plenty of beds to gawp at, and tall trees to enjoy some shade under.

    Plaza de Murillo 2

    +34 91 420 3017

  • Parque del Retiro — Combine lush greenery, period architecture, and a stunning lake with some market stalls, live music, and the occasional tapas hut and you have the perfect inner-city retreat. The main entrance is on Plaza de la Independencia.

    +34 915 300 041

  • Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza — The broad appeal of the permanent and temporary collections make this gallery a local favourite.

    Paseo del Prado 8

    +34 902 760 511

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  • La Latina — The iconic streets of La Latina are home to the city's best food, bars, bustling plazas, and an outdoor Sunday market - all of which seem to best define the unique Madrileña way of life. The best starting point is Metro La Latina.

Hotels

  • Independent and easy

    De Las Letras

    Gran Vía 11

    +34 915 237 980

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  • Dependable chain

    AC Palacio del Retiro

    Calle Alfonso XII 14

    +34 915 237 460

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  • Premium

    Villa Magna

    Paseo de la Castellana 22

    +34 915 871 234

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Dining

  • Fast breakfast

    Harina

    Plaza de la Independencia 10

    +34 915 228 785

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  • Mid-morning coffee

    Toma Café

    Calle de la Palma 49

    +34 917 025 620

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  • Working lunch with colleagues

    La Mucca

    Calle del Prado 16

    +34 915 270 008

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  • Need-to-impress clients lunch

    Ramón Freixa Madrid

    Calle de Claudio Coello 67

    +34 917 818 262

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  • Lunch on your own

    Magasand

    Travesía de San Mateo 16

    +34 913 196 825

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  • Afternoon tea/drink

    Motha

    Calle Santa María 39

    +34 913 697 336

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  • Dinner on your own

    La Candelita

    Calle del Barquillo 30

    +34 915 238 553

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  • Dinner with colleagues

    Kabuki Wellington

    Calle de Velázquez 6

    +34 915 777 877

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  • Private dinner

    Chifa

    Calle de Modesto Lafuente 64

    +34 915 347 566

  • Big dinner with partner/clients

    Santceloni

    Paseo de la Castellana 57

    +34 912 108 840

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  • On the tiles

    Charada

    Calle de la Bola 13

    +34 663 230 504

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  • Business breakfast

    La Carmencita

    Calle Libertad 16

    +34 915 310 911

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  • Drink after dinner

    Terraza 'La Cocina de San Anton'

    Calle Augusto Figueroa 24

    +34 913 300 294

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  • Late drinks

    The Passenger

    Calle Pez 16

    +34 629 989 119

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Reading

  • Bookshop

    Tipos Infames

    Calle San Joaquín 3

    +34 915 228 939

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Thank yous

  • Chocolate shop

    Cacao Sampaka

    Calle de Orellana 4

    +34 913 195 840

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Shopping

  • Something you can't get anywhere else

    Steve Mono showroom

    Calle Don Felipe 10

    +34 915 423 210

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  • Lost luggage - where to buy shirts

    El Corte Inglés

    Calle de Preciados 3

    +34 913 798 000

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  • Something for yourself

    Casa Hernanz — Tailor-made espadrilles at Casa Hernanz

    Calle de Toledo 18

    +34 913 665 450

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  • Something for the kids

    Lobo Feliz

    Calle San Mateo 28

    +34 913 914 250

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  • Something for someone you love

    Isolée

    Calle de Claudio Coello 55

    +34 902 876 136

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Transport

  • Buy a pass — A 10-trip pass to use on the Metro and bus routes costs from €12 and is available from any Metro station or "estanco" (tobacconist).

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  • Trixi — Rent a bike

    Calle de los Jardines 12

    +34 915 231 547

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Limousine/car

Fitness

  • Good gym

    Palacio Santa Ana

    Plaza del Ángel 6

    +34 915 239 206

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  • Good running route

    Madrid Rio — This 10km-long park runs along the banks of the Manzanares River; the best Metro stop to use is Legazpi.

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