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The Literary Quarter


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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.1 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview:  This area is now home to the capital's bohemian crowd who reside amongst antique bookshops and vintage furniture stores hinting at the... more »

Tips:  Our tour starts on Plaza Mayor. To get to the square you can take the Metro to Sol (lines 1, 2 or 3) or, if your hotel is centrally... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Iglesia de San Sebastián

Just a few minutes on foot from the Madrid Tourist Center in Casa de la Panadería (Plaza Mayor, 27), where it is possible to arrange guided tours of the city, stands San Sebastián church. The spot where a neighbouring flower shop is to be found today was once occupied by the parish’s old graveyard. It has been said that the writer José Cadalso... More

Two of the Literary Quarter's most emblematic buildings are located in this popular square. For decades, bullfighters would go to Hotel Me Madrid –whose ultra-chic rooftop offers a spectacular view of the city- to change into their costumes before making their way to the ring. On the opposite side of the square, Teatro Español stands on the same... More

3. Calle de las Huertas

El Retiro Park can be seen from the top of this street, the Literary Quarter's main thoroughfare. It takes its name from the gardens and orchards that covered the area up until the 16th century. Today it is cafés, live music venues, second-hand bookstores and restaurants that grace the neighbourhood. You will also find many antique shops and art... More

With the words “My little house, my peace, my garden and my study” Lope de Vega described the house he lived in for the last 25 years of his life, now a museum dedicated to the playwright. Standing in the Literary Quarter -also once home to such great writers as Cervantes, Quevedo and Góngora-, it recreates a home in Spain's Golden Age. Furniture,... More

During the 19th century it was nicknamed “little Holland” because for many decades it had been the refuge of liberal ideas. The Scientific, Literary and Artistic Athenaeum, which is now over 175 years old, has become a cultural institution of the first order boasting a rich bibliographic heritage.
It is one of the largest newspaper libraries in... More

6. Congreso de los diputados

Spain's lower house of parliament is located on Plaza de las Cortes in the Palacio de las Cortes españolas, a building which was erected between 1843 and 1850 on the site of the former Convento del Espíritu Santo. No longer inhabited by monks, the convent had been used as the headquarters for the Congreso de los diputados between 1834 and 1841,... More