There are loads of reasons to choose Spain as your next holiday destination starting by it marvellous weather, the variety of different landscapes and beaches, it architecture, it famous gastronomy and because of all the history and important events that it cities, streets and buildings have lived.
Spain and even more it capital, Madrid, have met loads of different cultures that lived in that land for many years, people of different races, provenances and religion beliefs that filled Spain with their diversity that served as influence for Spanish artists.
Many of the most important and well-known artists around the world were born and lived in the Spanish lands. Writers, playwrights, architects, painters, sculptors, photographers, musicians, singers, actors and directors have been developing their talent in Spain since early times. Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Miguel de Cervantes, Goya, Gaudí and many others were born and grown surrounded by the Spanish atmosphere what inspired them to create their wonderful artworks.
So if you are planning to visit Spain and you want to be surrounded by this atmosphere full of art we recommend you to make a stop in Madrid, the Spanish capital, where many of the most important artists in the world lived and also it is the location of various of the most significant museums in the world, being the Prado Museum the biggest gallery of classic painting of the world.
Madrid is also a benchmark between the writers, because various of the most world known writers live in it streets and write there their beautiful pages. More concretely, in Madrid you are able to visit the neighbourhood where the most famous writers of the golden century of Spanish literature lived. Quevedo, Góngora, Lope de Vega, Calderón de la Barca, Bécquer and Miguel de Cervantes spent their time in the Literary quarter (Barrio de las letras).
The Literay quarter (Barrio de las letras) is located in the heart of the Madrilenian city between the Santa Ana Square and the Paseo del Prado. This area is full of shops, bars, restaurants and vibrant pedestrian streets where people normally spend time walking with friends and going out for tapas and some drinks.
Do not miss the opportunity to walk around the streets where Góngora and Quevedo used to spend their time, watching the house of Lope de Vega, the churches where Cervantes and Lope de Vega were buried, the printing press where Don Quijote de la Mancha was printed for the first time, etc.
In this area you can find many old theatres that are still working nowadays, museums and of course, you will be able to enjoy one of the main attractions of the city, the Spanish food.
Spanish gastronomy is also globally known and you can make the most of your time in Spain tasting it most famous dishes and tapas joining food tours in Madrid. Our recommendation is to hire your tour with Enjoy Tapas Madrid, a company that organize different food tours around the city and guide you to the most popular and iconic bars of the city so you can taste the most delicious homemade tapas of Madrid.
In this tour you will be guided by an expert that will tell you everything you want to know about Spanish traditions, history and gastronomy. Also you will visit the Barrio de las letras with a reduced group of maximum 8 people in order to make your tour more personalized and to give to you the feeling of being with a group of friends.
The expert makes a selection of the most prestigious and popular bars and restaurants in that area. The ones where the local people normally go to have a drink and taste the best tapas in the town.
One of the most recommended locals is “La Cervecería Alemana”, located in the famous Santa Ana Square. It was opened for the first time in 1904 and nowadays still keeps the style and many decorations of that moment. In this local have passed people like Ernest Hemingway or the bullfighter Dominguín. At first they only served beers but now they cook many different tapas and also served delicious beverages.
Finally, one of our favourites, “Los Gatos” located on the Jesús Street number 2. It has two floors and in it ground floor we can find the bar where you can eat tapas and drink great beer, and the lower level, the restaurant. The local is decorated with gadgets of the XX century like a machine to make croquettes, an old barber chair, clothes of bullfighters and many other wonders. A perfect place with friendly atmosphere where you can enjoy Spanish food and culture.
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