What to do if you’re taking a weekend spring break in one of the cheap-and-easy-to-fly-to fascinating Spanish cities.

If you’re not a beach person but love the Spanish urban vibe and civilized café culture, with both Easy Jet and Ryanair offering cheap flights to major Spanish cities, there’s just no excuse not to go. And it’s amazing just what you can fit into a weekend if you know exactly where to head. We’d like to help you plan in advance so that you can make the most of your time.

Visiting the capital Madrid? Focus on the narrow streets to the south of the Plaza Mayor and the ‘Opera’ area for restaurants and tapas, the Gran Via and Puerta del Sol for shopping and the Paseo del Prado for museums. The ‘Golden Triangle’ includes the heavyweights: the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofia. The world-famous Prado museum is massive but there is a manageable exhibition of works of the 18th century French painter, Jean Siméon Chardin, who inspired artists such as Matisse and Picasso, on until the 29th of May. See www.museodelprado.es for details.

Alternatively if you’re visiting Bilbao, wander along the river for a view of the fabulous Gehry-designed Guggenheim museum and Calatrava bridge, visit the old quarter for tapas and take in an exhibition on the role of ‘Women in the Middle Ages’ at the Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao (www.museobilbao.com). Until the 15th of May, the museum is displaying paintings, tapestries, jewelry and furnishings which give an insight into how women lived in days gone by.

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