Spain road trip: Madrid to Santiago de Compostela

Madrid is a dynamic city, full of gastronomic pleasures, late nights, art and music. In recent years it has added important art galleries and avant-garde restaurants – without losing its soul. It has the same rustic tavernas and unfussy bars that writers such as Ernest Hemingway fell in love with in the 1920s. A well-located place to stay is One Shot Prado 23 (doubles from €87 B&B, hoteloneshotprado23.com), offering easy access to the golden triangle of art: thePrado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums. Also close by are the bohemian neighbourhoods of El Barrio de las Letras and La Latina,…

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In the heart of Madrid, El Campo de Cebada offers a space for all

At the crossroads in La Latina, the old-town barrio at the heart of Madrid, a scruffy blue-and-white painted fence of corrugated steel runs the curve of the corner. Peer through a porthole, and you’ll find yourself looking down into a wide, space of poured concrete and graffiti, scattered with tiered benches, a basketball hoop at either end. This is El Campo de la Cebada, a community space created por y para los vecinos – for and by the neighbours – when the local authority demolished the swimming pool. The money…

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