A year ago, Prague Castle – still the official residence of the country’s president – was the subject of a bold piece of activism. Three local artist, masquerading as chimney sweeps, removed the presidential flag from its rooftop pole and replaced it with a giant pair of red boxer shorts. The scarlet undies flapping in the Czech breeze were a rather pointed rebuke to the leader, who, a few months earlier, had also been pelted with eggs. So much for Slavic reserve. Read More

Andres

July 20th 2016, 9:36 PM

You’re wrong, Madrid has the best nightlife in Europe, in Spain is known for decades. I’m from Madrid and the times I’ve been in Barcelona I was surprised the little nightlife. Madrid nightlife is huge, by areas, bars and clubs Small sample: Sol, Latina, Chueca, Malasaña, Barrio Salamanca, Alonso Martinez, Moncloa, Argüelles, etc, etc. And very importantly, in Madrid you can go any day of the week at night there are always many people and environment (winter or summer, rain or snow) especially the weekend. That does not happen in Barcelona. Barcelona sold very well known to tourism, with Gaudi and having sea. But who really wants to know Spain and its people should live in Madrid. Barcelona is Catalonia, Madrid is truly and completely Spain.

Vince

I lived for 6 years in Madrid and moved 6 months ago to Barcelona, so basically I am someone who has experience living in both cities. I moved to Barcelona because of the sea and I wanted a change of scenery and the whole feeling of being new guy in a city, also I don’t mind learning a new language (Catalan in that case). So far I can agree with the many of the above comments, basically Madrid nightlife is much much better than Barcelona nightlife, Even many of the people living here admit that, Barcelona is kind of a tourist trap and Erasmus students amusement park (all of them coming so wide-eyed and amazed at being in the famous Barcelonaaa). the Barrio Gotico area with the constant throngs of tourists and cheesy souvenirs and even the many of the night clubs in Barcelona are aimed at the tourists (Puerto Olimpico). Step out of the Barri Gotic and the rest of the city is virtually dead at night, empty streets everywhere. During the week Catalan people like to go to bed early and they aren’t really party animals. The party in Barcelona comes from the tourists. Additionally, and probably some of the people here might get offended, but it’s the way I’m experiencing it: Catalan people aren’t the most welcoming and friendly bunch. Truth be told, they might as well be Scandinavians, very reserved, very private people, mostly interested in work, their families and getting away at the weekend. So far I haven’t made any friends here and people don’t really seem interested in welcoming you in their social circles. It seems that foreigners can even Spanish from other cities can live for years in Barcelona and not have any Catalan friends. What I like Barcelona for is its location, though. You have plenty of mountains nearby, small and big, the sea, Costa Brava, France, and you can fly in 2 hours to other European capitals. Madrid was easier for me in terms of getting work and was lucky to get better paid work, too. Nightlife, people and girls are friendlier and more approachable in Madrid.

Reed

Thanks for the wonderful post miruna! I am from Madrid and I think it is just stupid how MAD and BCN are in a constant competition. Half of my family lives in Barcelona and I’ve visited the city many times- and I absolutely love it. I think however that the rivalry between Madrid and Barcelona is not very well understood outside of Spain. I have to say it is not true at all that we Spaniards hate Barcelona as you say. But madrileños might not appreciate Barcelona much because of how Madrid gets constantly ignored in favour of Barcelona. As I’ve said before, Barcelona is a truly wonderful city-I’ve been to many places and Barcelona beats most of them easily, even London (London is amazing but not among the most beautiful cities in the world in my opinion); I also think Barcelona is not very well understood, with Gaudí architecture receiving much more credit than the Barri Gotic which is way more beautiful. But foreigners seem to think Madrid is kind of an inferior city. Barcelona is always in the TV, movies (I remember watching this action film in which the main character was supposed to be in Barcelona, and suddenly I realised it wasn’t Barcelona but Madrid when he steps into Villanueva street, a street I know well as my grandparents used to live there), travel guides… I work for an English company and I am a great admirer of the UK as a whole, and I’ve heard trillions of times from my friends and colleagues how wonderful Barcelona is, neither of them having been to Madrid. We madrileños eventually get tired os seeing how underrated Madrid is, the little credit it receives outside of Spain and constantly hearing that Barcelona is the best city in the world. As I said, the Barri Gotic is stunning, but the Habsburg district of Madrid beats it every time. The Eixample is in my opinion a little bit uglier than the Barrio de Salamanca, and all of the are comprising the Royal Palace, Gran Vía, Plaza de Cibeles and the aforementioned Habsburg district simply is on another whole new level. There is and extended belief thay Madrid only beays Barcelona on the arts field, Barcelona being a much more beautiful city, but this is simply false. Of course, this is just my opinion, but I hope I’ve summarised well the subject. And I have to conclude saying that, being the great fan I am of Barcelona and Madrid, Seville beats both of them in terms of beauty. Besos!

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