1. Madrid, Spain
Spain’s hippest city (sorry, Barcelona) is bumpin’ year-round, but it has an extra-fiesta ambiance come winter as Madrid’s Christmas lights are already canopying the streets. Mark your calendars for February, though, as Carnaval, the city's biggest spectacle, runs from February 10-14. It’s a mix of Ibero-American folklore and parades like no other. For Miamians looking to feel at home, The Madrid EDITION rivals our outpost in Miami with a hopping lobby bar, a poppin’ blue pool table and rooftop pool setup.
Travel time: 8 hours and 20 minutes nonstop from MIA to Madrid