Through around 30 works this exhibition will analyse the development of Velázquez’s court portraits from his second trip to Rome in 1649 to his death in Madrid in 1660, a period that saw the creation of some of the greatest of all masterpieces ... moreMuseo Nacional del Prado
Calle Ruiz de Alarcón 23
Party Earth Review Stretching from the Atocha area in the center of the city to the affluent Salamanca neighborhood in the northwest, Madrid’s five-hundred-year-old El Parque del Buen Retiro is a lush and bustling urban playground, a veritable feast for the senses that has something to offer everyone. Visitors will find an animated crowd ... more
C/ Alfonso XII, 14
Party Earth Review Renowned for its live music, El Junco is an unassuming, funky little jazz club that attracts a clientele of young and vivacious music lovers who crowd around the stage to dance and cheer. Bathed in soft blue and red light, this comfortably dark basement-level haven provides a vibrant environment for savvy customers who ... more
Plaza de Santa Bárbara, 10
Expo / Shopping Event
Each year since 2005, the Nomada Market has been a much-anticipated cultural event in Madrid. The annual five-day holiday market features 150 independent and emerging designers from Spain, Portugal, France, and Italy. Throughout the course ... moreMadrid Chamartin Railway Station
Calle Agustín de Foxá
28036 Madrid, Spain
Party Earth Review On the southeast side of the historical center of Madrid lies the former Jewish quarter of Lavapiés, a neighborhood that has been transformed over hundreds of years into a vibrant multicultural mix of cosmopolitan life. With an immigrant population estimated at over fifty percent, the barrio’s narrow streets resonate with ... more
Concert / Holiday Event
The Dark Christmas Festival offers music fans all over Spain the chance to break away from nonstop carols and hear an eclectic lineup of independent music. Held each year in Madrid, the Dark Christmas Festival features a full day of concerts ... moreCalle Princesa
plaza de España
Party Earth Review Hidden away in a maze of cobblestone streets in what was the original center of Madrid is Plaza de la Paja, which, centuries ago, was one of the city’s most important cultural and commercial meeting points. This charming square, nestled between the medieval walls of the Bishop’s Chapel and the estate of an aristocratic ... more
Plaza de la Paja
Party Earth Review One of the liveliest spots in the Huertas area, La Comedia Urban Club is a bar and club that’s become a haven for late-nighters in the mood for a good stiff drink and a friendly crowd. DJs mix things up with hip-hop, reggae, R&B, and old-school favorites that keep everybody bumping on the blue-lit dance floor until the ... more
Calle del Príncipe, 16
Arts Festival / Shopping Event
Since 1988, artists and craftsmen from all across Spain have come to show their best work at the Feria Mercado Artesanía de la Comunidad de Madrid. Held each year from the middle of December to the beginning of January at the Plaza ... moreIFEMA – Feria de Madrid
Feria de Madrid
Party Earth Review Cardamomo is the place to both watch and participate in flamenco dancing every night of the week. Although there’s a large bar up front, the main attraction is in the cavernous space in the back where some of Spain’s finest flamenco musicians and dancers showcase their talents on a small stage bathed in red and blue lights ... more
Calle de Echegaray, 15
Although the city’s residents take their nightlife very seriously – and often party hard well into the next morning – there are endless things to do in Madrid no matter the time.
Wonderful weather practically all year makes it a great city for outdoor activities and things to do, and expansive parks like Buen Retiro and Parque Oeste are as perfect for picnics and lazy afternoon strolls as they are for jogging, biking, and other athletic pursuits.
Landmark museums like the Prado house some of Europe’s most important art, catching a flamenco show is a signature event available at venues all over town, and countless plazas offer a relaxing spot to while away the hours and soak up the sun.
Shopping is also stunning in Madrid, with vast flea markets, high-end boutiques, and a thousand-lifetimes-supply of swanky shoes. Take advantage of those afternoon siestas, you’re going to need them in this town, especially once denizens start flooding out for Happy Hour in advance of another long and festive night.
Amazing drink deals? Unpretentious crowds? Karaoke with friends? Dancing all night? Then check out these suggestions from Emma: