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Top 10 things to do in Madrid - Is this a better city break than Barcelona?

Perfect 10: Barcelona is a blast, but Spain's capital can be an even better city break, writes Pól Ó Conghaile

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Madrid at night

Madrid at night

Picasso's Guernica, at the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid.

Picasso's Guernica, at the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid.

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Santiago Bernebeu stadium

Santiago Bernebeu stadium

Only You Hotel: Madrid

Only You Hotel: Madrid

Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid

Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid

Gran Via, the main shopping street in Madrid

Gran Via, the main shopping street in Madrid

Mesón de la Tortilla in Madrid

Mesón de la Tortilla in Madrid

Regarding a Roy Lichtenstein work at Madrid's Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Regarding a Roy Lichtenstein work at Madrid's Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Churros

Churros

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Madrid at night

1. Churros O'Clock

The best mornings start with churros and chocolate. That's just science.

If you don't know these fried-dough delights, picture a mix of flour, water and salt squeezed like playdough into giant pans of oil, bubbling to a crisp brown before being snipped with a scissors and served with cups of dunking chocolate.