Madrid is not a city of half-measures: Europe’s highest, youngest, sunniest capital likes to boast "desde Madrid al Cielo" (from Madrid to heaven), with an assumption that when you’ve seen Madrid, the only place left to top it is heaven. The city is as famous for what it lacks as for what it boasts – there’s no great river, no architectural marvels, no immediate picture postcard charm. But what it does have, it has spades: a fabulous collection of western art held in the Prado, the Thyssen and the Reina Sofía; a crooked old centre where almost every alley is stuffed with excellent tapas bars and restaurants; a famously intense blue sky; and an even more intense nightlife that makes most other cities look positively staid.
The leafy, elegant Paseo del Prado sits on the eastern side of the city, where the three big museums – the Prado, the Centro de Arte de Reina Sofía and the Thyssen-Bornemisza- are conveniently clustered. West of here is Puerta del Sol, Madrid’s crossroads, and the cheerful, bohemian barrio of Santa Ana, which slopes downhill back towards the Prado. Plaza Mayor, west down Calle Mayor is the grand heart of old Madrid. The area around it, sprinkled with old places and monasteries, is known as Hapsburg Madrid. To the west are the enormous Bourbon Palacio Real and the city’s beautifully restored Opera House. South of Plaza Mayor are the multicultural, edgy, traditionally working class districts of La Latina and Lavapiés, with great flea market on Saturdays. North of the Gran Vía, Chueca and Malasaña are sweetly old-fashioned by day and unstoppably wild by night. Swanky Salamanca, east of here, is an elegant 19th-century grid scattered with upmarket restaurants and designer boutiques.
This is how your sunny day with your bright-eyed Escort Lady could look like in Madrid: Have breakfast on the Plaza de Oriente, with views of the Palacio Real. Spend a few hours seeing highlights at one of the big three museums – the Goyas at the Prado, Picasso’s Guernica at the Reina Sofía or the Italian Primitives at the Thyssen. Trawl around the old-fashioned tapas bars in the Plaza Santa Ana for lunch, followed by a siesta with your charming Escort Lady under the trees in the Parque del Retiro. Take a look at some of the new galleries springing up in trendy Chueca or go shopping at its quirky fashion boutiques. In the streets around C Preciados you can find anything you want: department stores, chain stores and individual shops selling everything from hams to traditional Madrileño cloaks. Soak up the atmosphere at a traditional restaurant like Casa Paco followed by flamenco at Casa Patas. Alternatively, check out the Madrid club scene with your beautiful Escort Girl: celebrity spot at Suite, or hop onto a podium at Coppelia. Finish up with some traditional churros con chocolate at the Chocolatería San Ginés.
In Madrid it’s possible to start dancing on Friday night and not stop until Monday morning. Some of the best clubs are: Low Club, Friday at De Nombre Publico (Pl Mostenses 11), there’s tango or salsa Mon-Fri at the Palacio Gaviria (C Arenal 7) and dance music or electro-pop at weekends, and many more clubs for everyone’s taste.Spend your intensive late-night-hours together with your Escort Lady in one of the many luxurious hotels of Madrid such as like: Mirasierra Suites Hotels*****, The Inter Continental Madrid *****, or The Hotel Urban in the centre of Madrid.