• Posted:Thursday, October 29, 2009
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Be the coolest cat in Madrid
Picture the scene - you've just hopped off a plane in sunny Spain, deposited your backpack in your Madrid hostel and are looking for your first initiation into the country. Your guidebook is telling you to go and see all the sights but really, all you want to do is sit down on a cafe terrace with a hot cup of coffee and watch the world go by.

I know that feeling all too well. Jetlag can be a cruel mistress. So - if you are in Madrid and you just want to chill for a bit, one of the coolest places to rest your laurels is Malasana, which has everything the weary traveller could possibly want.

Enclosed by San Bernardo, Gran Via, calle Fuencarral and Calle de Carranza, the area has an intriguing history. As website What Madrid puts it, "two important revolutions" took place here. The first happened in 1808 with an uprising against Napoleon's occupation, a fact that may be of interest to the historians out there among you. An excellent reason to visit, at any rate. The second - a bit more modern - occurred in the 80s, with La Movida - the cultural revolution. According to the webpage, this was "a new way of drinking, drugging, rocking, dressing, cross-dressing, creating, loving [and] living" - and it all happened in Malasana.

So if you go, you'll find lots of bars, cafes and restaurants where you can revive yourself after your arduous journey while learning a bit about the evolution of Spanish culture. Life could be worse.

And if you're still there for New Years, don't forget to head to Puerta del Sol, which is where thousands of revellers gather every year to count down to the end of the year. Not one to miss.

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