Girl in Macumba club, Madrid

Masters of the dark arts

Madrid resident Paul Richardson nominates his favourite late-night venues in a capital where life begins after dark.

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When in room ... and from Hotel Le Continental, Bordeaux.

Keys to the cities

A Bordeaux bolthole for $120 a night? A riverside retreat in Lisbon for the same? Here's our guide to some of Europe's best-value hotels and guesthouses this season.

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Prado Museum Madrid.

Guide to Madrid

Flamenco isn't the only theatrical flourish on the historic streets of the Spanish capital, writes David Whitley.

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traditional tapas.

Life measured in tapas

When the sun sets, Brian Johnston joins Madrilenos in the tapeo, the city's essential bar-hopping ritual.

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Cathedral.

The Mudejar mystique

From Visigoths to Moors to Christians and power-mad kings, Toledo wears its Castilian history with elan, writes Jack Watkins.

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Day trips from Madrid are easy thanks to Spain's high-speed AVE train network.

Best of Spain by train

Jeanine Barone uses Madrid's excellent rail network to explore eight of the nation's most impressive sights.

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