What a heavenly, hypnotic ride Madrid can be.
The Spanish capital has more than enough in its locker to satisfy any discerning hen weekend revellers, irrespective of age and group size, and regardless of whether they want their experience a chilled-out, laid-back, full-on or breathless one. The days are filled with the sounds and the aromas of markets, trading and traffic, as people watch it all go by from their café or taverna table. Madrid nights are full of passion and colour, where animated conversation and magical music crackle from every restaurant or nightclub terrace, and where the extroverts and the fashion-obsessed come out to parade, mingle and let rip.
Madrid's breadth and depth of nightlife is arguably without comparison anywhere in Europe. Where else, for example, would you see bumper-to-bumper traffic at four in the morning? Your average bar reaches its peak between the hours of 11pm and three am, the weekend atmosphere carrying on into one of many ‘discotecas' until around nine am the following morning, by which time a hangover-cure may well be (quietly) calling your name. The choice of clubs on your hen weekend in Madrid is simply staggering, with everything from the dirtiest in house to the cheesiest of pop, and the local feeling towards a Friday and a Saturday night is that they must be grabbed firmly with both hands, and made the absolute most of. Anything else is just not acceptable, we’re afraid.
Madrid is my favourite capital for a city break or hen weekend. The weather is amazing and the bars are unreal. I can't wait to go again.
This must surely be one of the most sophisticated cities in the world, with its architecture, fashion consciousness, cafe life and clubbing attitudes. The Spanish capital has seen the rise of Barcelona in the last few years and it has firmly taken the crown back as the epicentre of style and cool. You won't deny that once you've spent a few hours tapped into the ebb and flow of the real Madrid.