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The Literary Quarter of Madrid  

There are plenty of reasons to choose Madrid — the beautiful capital city of Spain — as your next holiday destination starting by its marvellous weather, its wide variety of landscapes, its architecture… but, above all, because of its famous Spanish food and because of all the history and important events hidden in its buildings, streets and districts, like the literary quarter of Madrid. You can discover all of them in our walking tours in Madrid.

All the cities in Spain, above all Madrid, have met a lot of different cultures that lived there for many years. In our country, there have been a wide variety of people from different races, provenances and religion beliefs, and they filled Spain with their fulfilling diversity.  All of them served as influence for Spanish artists.

Many of the most important and well-known artists around the world were born and lived in Spanish lands. Writers, playwrights, architects, painters, sculptors, photographers, musicians, singers, actors and many others have been developing their talent in Spain since early times.

Artists like Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Miguel de Cervantes, Goya, Gaudí are just a few examples, but the list goes on and on. They were born and grown surrounded by the Spanish atmosphere, which inspired them to create their wonderful artworks. That’s the reason why the literary quarter of Madrid means so much for us.

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, where many of the most important artists in the world have lived.

Furthermore, Madrid is the place where you will find several of the most significant museums in the world — for instance, the Prado Museum which is the biggest gallery of classic painting of the world. At Enjoy Tapas Madrid, we will show you the best places to visit in Madrid, Spain.

The literary quarter and Madrid’s history

Madrid is also a benchmark between the writers, because several of the world most known writers have lived and live in its streets. Moreover, they have written many of their beautiful pages inspired by the beauty of the streets in Madrid.

More concretely, in Madrid you have the chance to visit the neighbourhood where the most famous writers of the world have lived in. Writers like Quevedo, Góngora, Lope de Vega, Calderón de la Barca, Bécquer and Miguel de Cervantes used to spent their time in the literary quarter (as well-known as Barrio de las letras in Madrid).

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 the literary quarter of Madrid you will have the chance to discover 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 literary quarter (Barrio de las letras) in Madrid 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.

Some of the best bars of the literary quarter of Madrid

As experts in this sector, we have made a selection of the most prestigious and the best bars and the most popular restaurants in the literary quarter in Madrid, Spain. These are the ones where the local people normally go to have a drink and taste the best tapas in the city.

Cerveceria Alemana

One of the most recommended locals is “La Cerveceria 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.

This place has been visited by famous people like Ernest Hemingway or the bullfighter Dominguin. At first they only served beers but now they cook many different tapas and also served delicious beverages.

Casa González

If we go to the number 12 of León Street, we will find “Casa González”. It was first opened in 1931 and it is a sausage shop that has a bar in the back where you can enjoy some of the best tapas and wines in Madrid.

Los Gatos

Finally, one of our favourites in the literary quarter of Madrid, “Los Gatos” — a bar 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. Los Gatos is the perfect place with friendly atmosphere where you can enjoy Spanish food and culture.

We hope that you have enjoyed reading this post as much as we have writing it. Now that you know a bit more about the literary quarter of Madrid… what are you waiting for coming and visit us? We will be waiting right here! If you have any doubt, don’t hesitate to contact us, we will be pleased to help you!

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