Why It's Worth It

No Spanish city gets under your skin like Madrid, with its perennially packed tapas bars, world-renowned art, and vivacious spirit. Larger than Paris and Rome, the Spanish capital is always in flux, and new restaurants (try Canarian dishes at Gofio or nueva cocina at Tripea) and attractions (the glitzy rooftop at Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques; the Latin-inflected Solo art gallery) open every week. You could come back every year and never get bored. —Benjamin Kemper