I have never spent much time in mainland Spain but was happy to hear a friend had sorted us a holiday in the Spanish capital. We did a lot of walking and over did it on the culture. Spanish food is amazing and the sitting outside at night eating and drinking is right up my alley. Getting a chance to speak Spanish again is always great. I love going away with my uni buddies – we dont get much of a chance to hang out, and this trip was all about the hanging out.
All in all I would recommend Madrid to anyone for a long weekend or a week. It is too land locked for me to consider living there but that is pretty much the only thing I have against it. Art wise it is as good as it gets anywhere in the world with a nice variety of work from many of the greats.