It has been over three years since I first visited the metro of Madrid, Spain. It seemed more modern and crowded than nearby Barcelona, but it held a charm of its own.
One thing I really liked about the metros of Spain was the availability of things to do at any hour of the day. Even late at night – cafes, shops, dance clubs, bars and such were open and filled with people.
I guess Europeans in general are very nocturnal in nature (like me…). The following day, most places remained sleepily shut tight until well into the late morning.