So…who is the winner? Most would probably say Barcelona and it really is a fun city and very tourist friendly. I just spent a few days in Madrid and it is a ‘quieter’ city, but somehow struck me as more “Spanish”. My last night there I had dinner with a woman from North Spain, and she made a strong argument for Madrid as a better representation of Spain, while Barcelona is a bit more contrived due to the Olympics. I’ll have to go back to both cities again and see for myself….I did like Madrid, it had a more traditional feel, which I guess could be seen as more Spanish…but the Boqueria in Barcelona is a pretty fabulous place.