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Night-time in Madrid

The city of siestas naturally thrives at night. Use this guide to explore the Spanish capital in its element - after sundown. You'll find food, bars, clubs and late-night sights, plus a special section on the city's top tapas joints.
The Casa de Correos on the Plaza de la Puerta del Sol
COMPILED BY CATRIONA GREW AND RORY GOULDING, WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM ANTHONY HAM. PHOTOGRAPHS: PAOLO GIOCOSO/SIME/4CORNERS, DANUTA HYNIEWSKA/AGEFOTOSTOCK

SIGHTS

Centro de Arte Reina Sofia ££

(museoreinasofia.es; Calle de Santa Isabel 52)

Open most nights until 9pm (and free to enter after 7pm), the city's premier collection of 20th-century art is home to Picasso's famous painting Guernica. Big drawcards also include works by Salvador Dali and Joan Miro.

Museo al Aire Libre

(Paseo de la Castellana)

This fascinating open-air group of 17 abstract sculptures includes works by Basque artist Eduardo Chillida, Joan Miro, Eusebio Sempere and Alberto Sanchez, among Spain's foremost sculptors of the 20th century. The sculptures are beneath the busy overpass where Paseo de Eduardo Dato crosses Paseo de la Castellana.

Plaza de la Puerta del Sol

The official centre point of Spain, the Puerta del Sol (Gate of the Sun) is a gracious, crowded hemisphere of elegant facades. The main building on the square, the Casa de Correos, was built as a post office in 1768. On New Year's Eve, people throng the square to wait for its clock to strike midnight and at each gong swallow a grape. Look out for the statue of a bear nuzzling a madrono (strawberry tree) at the plaza's eastern end, the official symbol of the city

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Madrid's grand central square, a rare but expansive opening in the tightly packed streets of central Madrid, is one of the prettiest open spaces in Spain. Designed in 1619, the square is a winning combination of imposing ochre buildings, picaresque historical tales and vibrant street life coursing across its cobblestones.

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