Madrid | City Break | My Swft City



Madrid, after years playing second fiddle to Barcelona, is experiencing a cultural renaissance, with fast-moving, ever-changing, hip and vibrant street-life at its core.

A blend of barrios make up the city, each with their own distinctive personality. Madrid’s beating heart lies downtown, with Malasana, all rock’n’roll, the ebullient gay quarter, Chueca, and the chic and stylish Salesas all on the north side of the frenzied main street, Gran Via.
To the south of Gran Via, Barrio de las Letras, with its rich history in literature, is where you’ll find Madrid’s big-hitting museums, which can make the area overly-popular with tourists. West of here though, the bohemian, La Latina, is a lively maze of narrow lanes, tapas and cantinas with thirst-quenching beers and caipirinhas served out on sun-drenched terraces.
For a fascinating jumble of cultures and cuisines, visit Lavapiés, in the centre of town, on whose steep, medieval streets you’re as likely to come across Indian, Moroccan and West African dining spots as you are traditional Spanish taverns. Edgiest of them all though is the Triball area, once a seedy brothel hotspot, now bursting with brunch cafes, drinking dens and street-fashion show-rooms.


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