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Hit the Centro Histórico: The Plaza Mayor, on any late night when it's almost empty, evokes the glory of Spain's Golden Age.

Stroll down museum row: Find a pleasant mix of art and architecture in the Prado, the Reina Sofía, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza, all of which display extensive and impressive collections.

Nibble tapas into the night: Indulge in a madrileño way of socializing. Learn about the art of tapas and sample local wines while wandering among the bars of Cava Baja, Calle Ponzano, and beyond.

Relax in the Retiro gardens: Unwind at a chiringuito (refreshment stand) and enjoy some primo people-watching.

Burn the midnight oil: As other Europeans tuck themselves in, madrileños swarm to the bars of the liveliest neighborhoods—Malasaña, Chueca, Lavapiés, Barrio de las Letras, and more—and stretch the party out until dawn.

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