Explore the area around the Opera house, which has become a magnet for specialist music stores such as the award-winning Contreras Adagio, where you can buy the finest flamenco guitars
Have lunch at the famous Lhardy restaurant in Carrera de San Jerónimo, a haunt of Spanish royalty since 1839. Madrid stew is one of the specialities for which it is justly famous
Before leaving Lhardy, visit the restaurant’s shop to buy gourmet Spanish hams, cheeses and wines. Then splash out on some artisanal biscuits from nearby El Riojano, which has been serving fine pastries since 1855
Take a sunset walk through the Sabatini Gardens, then treat yourself to coffee on the terrace at the elegant, Parisian-style Café de Oriente
Follow in the footsteps of great operatic composers such as Giuseppe Verdi, by making a pilgrimage to the Teatro Real to see one of its world-class productions
Head to the minimalist restaurant La Viuda Blanca in Calle de Campomanes for excellent modern Spanish cuisine, then round off the evening with cocktails at its stylish bar
Pictures: Paolo Giocoso © E.M. Promoción de Madrid, S.A.