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The New Madrid

Explore the Spanish capital and you’ll find a city vigorously reinventing itself. Highways have turned into inviting parks, abattoirs are becoming art spaces, and once-neglected cinemas now host restaurants and bars
Live music at Mercado do Motores.
Cocktails at the market.

The New Culture

LAIDBACK SURF ROCK echoes around a vast iron-framed train shed, once part of the Delicias station near the centre of Madrid. The music, a cover of Nancy Sinatra’s These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ by local band Pauline & The Big Kahunas, mingles with the sounds of curio hunters discussing their inds. Beside vintage trains from the city’s railway museum, hundreds of stalls dot the platforms, selling everything from cheese and bread to intricate diorama dollhouses. This is Mercado de Motores, Madrid’s hippest leamarket.

Javier Martínez and Itziar Aristrain of Pichí Pichá.
The vast cultural complex of El Matadero.
First two pages: Gourmet food hall Platea, in a former cinema on the Plaza de Colón.
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In the April issue… join us to celebrate ten years of Lonely Planet magazine, this month specially guest-edited by Bear Grylls and featuring some of his extraordinary travels; find inspiration to push boundaries of your own with our collection of 100 adventures – big or small – to last a lifetime; go on a Great Escape to Uganda in search of gorillas, chimpanzees and shoebills; see how Madrid is reinventing itself in its parks, galleries, restaurants and bars; and much more