The Casa de la Panaderia building in Madrid’s Plaza Mayor, the city’s most famous plaza and site of many inquisition burnings, bullfights, concerts, markets and tourist restaurants and cafés.
Spain’s capital, Madrid, is far less toxic than many guide books would have you believe. Traffic is no worse than many European capitals, air pollution is acceptable – our researchers walked 12km a day in the city centre without noticeable effects – and litter is being exterminated throughout by an army of cleaner conquistadors.
Madrid is hardly one of the best places to travel in Europe but it does offer the tourist magnificent, ornate buildings packed into a compact old city centre, generally approachable natives, superb museums and an extraordinarily late and lively night life – and not just for the young dudes.
It is not, however, a particularly good city for kids since it’s primarily about buildings, museums and late night partying.
A fine example of a tiled Madrileño bodega/bar.