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What to do when you have an hour to spend in…Madrid?

On a business trip in the Iberian capital, do you have an hour or two before going back to the hotel or hopping on your plane at Barajas? Here’s a little guide to some of the must-see places in the ‘city of the Movida’.

Discover the historic centre on foot

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It is quite possible to get across Madrid’s city centre in a few minutes. Start your journey at the Puerta del Sol, a large square with a statue of a bear standing next to a madrone (strawberry tree), two symbols of the city. Then head down the Calle Mayor, a historic central street, which leads you to the place you shouldn’t miss under any circumstances: the Plaza Mayor. Take the opportunity to go and smell the typical aromas of the San Miguel market, located just behind the Plaza Mayor.

Mόvida on the terrace

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Madrid’s squares are the perfect place to enjoy an exciting and restorative meal break on the terrace. If your palate leads you to sweet treats, you should definitely order a ‘Chocolate con churros’, a typical, very thick cocoa drink accompanied by churros. On the other hand, if you prefer salty treats, treat yourself to some delicious tapas for a very reasonable price. As an accompaniment, try a glass of ‘tinto de verano’, an alternative to the age-old sangria. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Slipping some Iberian flavours into your luggage, a safe choice

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As you will learn, the pleasures of the palate are an integral part of the daily life for the people of Madrid, and it would be a shame to deprive yourself of the riches the city is full of, in terms of the unequalled quality of dishes.

Iberian ham keeps remarkably well and is vacuum-packed so it doesn’t weigh down your luggage. One of the best places to get it in the city: Enrique Tόmas, Calle Tetuan, 19

You can find the best quality ‘turrón’ (a Spanish sweet treat) around the Plaza Mayor (Turrones Vincens, Calle Mayor, 43, are the best).

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