This vibrant city has everything you could wish for in a capital, with museums, nightlife, shopping, and even an urban beach. Head on a tapas tour sampling dishes in as many eateries as you can, bargain hunt at the weekend flea markets and get your culture fix at the free museums and galleries.

In the evening, Madrid really comes alive - it has more bars than any other city in the world, and 1 or 2 nightclubs too.