Madrid, a pandemic 'party oasis,' pulling in lockdown-weary tourists

It took Julie only 1 hour and 15 minutes to get to paradise. That’s how long the flight from her hometown Toulouse in France to Madrid took. “Here we can finally really live again and fill up on happiness – it’s paradise,” says the 23-year-old in a bar in the Madrid district of Chamberi with a broad smile before taking another sip of beer. Her friend Anne nods in agreement. These days, you see and hear others like them not only in Chamberi, but almost everywhere in Madrid: pandemic-weary Europeans, among them many French travellers like the students Julie and Anne, who are heading to Madrid in…

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