THE TRENDY ONE Seville has the red-blooded reputation, and Barcelona the sexy, beachy vibe. But Madrid has later nights and hipper haunts. It’s the city of long dinners, long drinks and longer lie-ins. Crucially, it doesn’t shut up shop in winter. The perfect promenade: Board the cable car at Paseo del Pintor Rosales to drift high over Madrid’s honey-hued rooftops (teleferico.com; Dh18 one way) to Casa de Campo. This onetime royal hunting estate has a boating lake and tree-shaded lanes that have attracted more than a few proposals. The cosy bar: Macera Taller’s owner, Narciso Bermejo, infuses his drinks with spices and botanicals (21 Calle San Mateo). It’s a haven for couples in the partygoers’ barrio of Chueca. The candlelit dinner: Minimalist decor and thrillingly flamboyant food are served up at Juana La Loca. The unusual work-of-art pintxos (bottom left, from Dh16-55) are perfect for sharing. The romantic stay: Close to the Teatro Real, plush Casa de Madrid’s lack of sign feels very discreet (casademadrid. com; doubles from Dh805, B&B).