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
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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