MADRID

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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).

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