Spain’s capital is a natural beauty – it’s got the aesthetic goods, but it’s too busy living life to the full to obsess about appearance. Behind the backdrop of elegant belle époque facades and art deco terraces are countless world-class galleries, luxe hotels, convivial restaurants and glamorous bars, which keep the city powering on round the clock. Urban sculptures dot the wide streets and you’ll never walk far without stumbling upon an aristocratically landscaped park or flower-filled garden hideaway. Leave the major roads and plunge into the cobweb of alleyways between the Royal Palace and the Parque del Buen Retiro to discover Madrid at its most charming.
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