In essence Madrid is a collection of small towns formed from a centuries-long exodus from the towns and villages in the rest of Spain, leading to neighborhoods, streets, bars, restaurants, shops and people that seem transplanted straight from Galicia, Andalucía, or the Basque Country.
Málaga's getting hot as a food destination. We were just down south (in Málaga, Marbella, Sevilla, Jerez…) and we have added some stunning 5-star hotels–including one in a private home in the country–, new tapas bars and Michelin-star restaurants, amazing markets (with eateries right inside the markets), winery visits, cooking classes (our favorite is with a professional restaurant chef), a private visit to the rooftop of the Sevilla Cathedral, private art tours, and more. And the art in Málaga…to die for. Picasso Museum, Pompidou Center, Thyssen Museum, and a branch of the Russian Museum.