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Nightlife in Spanish Cities

Discover the nightlife scene and famous areas to go out in Madrid, Granada, Salamanca and Cadiz. Check out the cities with the best nightlife in Spain.

If one thing characterizes the Spanish people it is their appetite for going out at any time. The millions of foreign tourists that visit our country (or “the bull's skin” as the locals call it) every year are surprised by the hours of Spanish cities; especially on the weekends when Spaniards normally wake up late, take naps after lunch and go out at midnight or even later…

The bars, restaurants and nightclubs are true social gatherings. There, Spaniards get together to chat and have fun while drinking beer, wine or after dinner drinks.

Check out the cities with the best nightlife in Spain.

Cádiz

Andalusia in southern Spain is where you will find the city of Cadiz. The city is famous for its mild climate, beautiful beaches and fun atmosphere.

As with most Spanish cities, going out in Cadiz usually starts in tapa bars where you can enjoy fresh fish and sherry wine. After eating, you can head towards the clubs located in the La Punta, where the nightlife peaks at 3 in the morning, although you can dance until the break of dawn.

A typical breakfast of Spanish churros before going home will hold you over so that you can sleep all morning long.

If you visit Cadiz in the summer time, check out the beach promenade where thousands of people enjoy the fresh sea breeze. Another good time to visit is during Carnival, when the city fills up with tourists who dance and sing throughout the streets 24 hours a day.

Madrid

The capital of Spain, Madrid, never sleeps. It is a city to enjoy. Madrid is home to some of the best restaurants in Spain and the “oldest restaurant in the world” called Botin, located next to the Plaza Mayor. Don't miss out on the tapa bars serving delicious calamari baguette sandwiches. Attention: the cafes usually close around 10 pm!

In the Malasaña, Chueca or Callao-Gran Via areas you can a nightlife scene suitable to anyone's taste. In Malasaña, an emblematic zone from the Madrilenian groove scene, you can walk through neighborhoods that appear in Almodovar movies.

In the super famous Paseo de Castellana (Castilian Promenade) there are a wide range of popular bars with outside seating where you may run into someone famous.

Granada

Granada, in addition to Salamanca, is a university city known for its excellence. At nightfall the city fills with students, both Spanish and foreign, that swarm the bars to indulge in drinks and free tapas. Eating several tapas serves as dinner and is also a great way to enjoy the succulent Spanish gastronomy.

After dining the nightlife heats up around Granada where you can dance or attend live flamenco shows. Definitely check out the La Elvira, Campo de los Príncipes and Paseo de los Tristes neighborhoods.

Málaga

Malaga is one of the most touristic cities in Spain and the birthplace of Antonio Banderas. The traditional restaurants and tapa bars in Malaga will give you a great introduction to traditional Andalusian cuisine.

Malaga is home to a large number of flamenco bars, an art not to be missed. Check out the Miguel de Cervantes Municipal Theatre, located behind Merced Plaza, where you can enjoy theater and dance by famous performers.

On Lazcano Street you will find the best nightlife in Malaga. Be warned; the dancing starts at about 1 am and lasts until the sun comes out.

Salamanca

The University, Plaza Mayor and Gran Via are the most emblematic areas of Salamanca. The city is small and one fourth of its 200,000 habitants are young people. Yes, 50,000 students fill up the nightclubs and bars of this beautiful city. The people here describe the city as being “a bar, a church, another bar, another church…”

Around midnight, after enjoying tapas in Van Dyck or around the Plaza Mayor, people head to the Plaza to meet up with others under the clock. The city starts to fill with movement as groups of friends head off to their favorite bars to get the party started.

The Gran Via area is full of some of the oldest disco bars in Salamanca that feature Spanish music. On Iscar Peyra Street, one of the most popular in the city, some of the best nightclubs are located just meters from the Plaza Mayor.

These are just some of the examples of the active Spanish nightlife scene, where you can find a good time on just about any corner.