“It’s always like this,” said Christina, our bubbly guide, whose job it was to pack five centuries of history into two hours of walking around Spain’s capital. “Eating and drinking is when we feel most like ourselves.”
Which was a natty way of putting it. And because the Madrilenos spend so much time eating and drinking there’s an undeniably self-confident buzz about the place – despite crippling debt and unemployment at more than 25 per cent. We were surprised, too, by how clean and orderly it all was.
Madrid is an easy city to do over a weekend.[…]