The Spanish capital teems with fun places to eat and drink, chic hotels and vivid historical sights. Here are our local’s tips for getting the max out of Madrid
The Rastro Flea Market
Madrid’s centuries-old Sunday morning flea market is on every to-do list. But to enjoy it like a local, give the tourist-tat main road a miss and dive into the snarl of side streets, where wheeler-dealers hawk everything from rusty doorknobs to 17th-century art. By midday you should be beer-in-hand at a local dive bar – try the legendary straight-off-the-grill sardines at Santurce – and by 4pm cradling fishbowl gintonics in adjacent barrio La Latina.
• Every Sunday from 8am, Plaza de Cascorro