Entertainment

Top Choice Cinema in El Raval

Filmoteca de Catalunya

After almost a decade in the planning, the Filmoteca de Catalunya – Catalonia's national cinema – moved into this modern 6000-sq-metre building in 2012. It's a glass, metal and concrete beast that hulks in the midst…
Top Choice Classical Music in La Ribera

Palau de la Música Catalana

A feast for the eyes, this Modernista confection is also the city’s most traditional venue for classical and choral music, although it has a wide-ranging program, including flamenco, pop and – particularly – jazz. J…
Top Choice Live Music in Santiago de Compostela

Casa das Crechas

There's no better place for Celtic and other live music. Head to the tightly packed downstairs bar about 10.30pm most Wednesdays from September to mid-June for terrific Galician folk jam sessions (admission €1). Mus…
Top Choice Football in Northern & Eastern Valencia

Valencia Club de Fútbol

The city's principal team, and a major player in Spanish football, with famously demanding fans. A move to a new ground in the city's northwest has been stalled for several years, so for now they are still at Mestal…
Top Choice Theatre in Russafa

Microteatre València

Plays in under 15 minutes, for less than 15 people, in less than 15 sq metres. That's the recipe at this innovative Russafa icon. Plays are on constant rotation in four rooms, so roll up, buy a ticket, and have a dr…
Top Choice Stadium in Parque del Oeste & Northern Madrid

Estadio Santiago Bernabéu

Football fans and budding Madridistas (Real Madrid supporters) will want to make a pilgrimage to the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, a temple to all that’s extravagant and successful in football. The self-guided tours ta…
Top Choice Live Music in Sol, Santa Ana & Huertas

Sala El Sol

Madrid institutions don’t come any more beloved than Sala El Sol. It opened in 1979, just in time for la movida madrileña (the Madrid scene), and quickly established itself as a leading stage for all the icons of th…
Top Choice Jazz in Sol, Santa Ana & Huertas

Café Central

In 2011 the respected jazz magazine Down Beat included this art deco bar on the list of the world's best jazz clubs, the only place in Spain to earn the prestigious accolade (said by some to be the jazz equivalent o…
Top Choice Flamenco in Sol, Santa Ana & Huertas

Villa Rosa

Villa Rosa has been going strong since 1914 and has seen many manifestations – it made its name as a flamenco venue and has recently returned to its roots with well-priced shows and meals that won't break the bank. …
Top Choice Theatre in Seville

Sevilla de Ópera

Seville has served as the fictional setting for countless operas, so it made sense when in 2012 a group of opera singers and enthusiasts decided to initiate the Sevilla de Ópera club. The setting in the Arenal marke…