Plaza de Santa Ana

Plaza de Santa Ana, Madrid: Address, Plaza de Santa Ana Reviews: 4.5/5

Plaza de Santa Ana
4.5
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Tapas bars and clubs line this scenic plaza, making it one of Madrid's most popular nightlife hotspots.
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2-3 hours
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The area
Neighborhood: Huertas
Also known as Barrio de las Letras, Huertas was once home to prominent literary figures, Miguel de Cervantes and Lope de Vega among them. The neighborhood is committed to celebrating its rich heritage: Calle Huertas itself is inlaid with quotes from celebrated authors, street names pay homage to them, and second-hand bookshops pervade. Huertas receives a fair amount of spillover from the center — side streets around Plaza Santa Ana take on a foreign party atmosphere at night, and you always see young backpackers navigating the streets — but as you descend into the neighborhood, everything becomes a little more cramped and slightly less refined, and takes on more of an underground feel. Live music is at the heart of Huertas: by night, its subdued bars are ideal for meeting friends, sipping cocktails, and chatting quietly while enjoying jazz or singer-songwriter performances.
How to get there
  • Vodafone Sol • 2 min walk
  • Antón Martín • 4 min walk
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria14,355 contributions
Nice lively square
May 2021
Pleasant square in the heart of Madrid filled with many outdoor restaurants and cafes. The Teatro Español is also located here.
Written May 14, 2021
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,240 contributions
Exploring Beyond Plaza Mayor
Feb 2020
This square is centrally located, lying in the heart of Madrid. Whilst it’s not a must-see, it is a pleasant, attractive space and it’s not heaving with crowds and tourists like Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol. If you need a break and want a more relaxing, open space to sit for a coffee, then this fits the bill and is only 5 mins walk from Puerta del Sol.
There are a few attractive cafes with outdoor seating under umbrellas and from here, you are very close to the bars and restaurants and night-life of Calle des Huertas.
The thing that caught our eye and made us stop was a grand, old building, the Madrid Reina Victoria. An institution for over 100 years, it was most famous for being the favourite hang-out of celebrity matadors. At night, it’s very prettily illuminated and apparently has an excellent roof-top bar (although we did not go up).
The statue of a man standing facing the National Theatre and about to release a dove is the poet and playwright, Federico Garcίa Lorca. He died at only 38, when he was arrested and shot in 1936 by right-wing Franco officials during the Spanish Civil War. For decades there was a lot of mystery and denial surrounding his death but about 5 years ago, official police documents were released that reveal a lot more about his execution.
Written December 16, 2020
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Marisa P
Dallas, TX985 contributions
Built during the Napoleonic Invasion, 19th Century!
Oct 2020
This is a nice square in the heart of Madrid, close to the Ateneo, the Royal Academy of History, and of course Teatro Nacional.
There are many restaurants and terraces just to relax.
This square was built during the Napoleonic invasion in Spain (1808-1813). It has a strong literary connection with the statue of Federico Garcia Lorca and Calderon de la Barca.
Written October 4, 2020
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Gwen D
Cincinnati, OH1,977 contributions
Day Trip Stop
Oct 2019
We wandered from plaza to plaza as we wandered around central Madrid on our one day stop. Such a lovely stop to soak in the atmosphere!
Written September 20, 2020
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mjs03
Valencia, Spain536 contributions
Lovely!
Aug 2020 • Couples
This square has buildings with beautiful architecture and plenty of typical restaurants and terraces for lunch , dinner or drinks. The neighborhood (Las Letras) is lovely.
Written August 2, 2020
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carlosmp
Rio de Janeiro, RJ4,554 contributions
Not to miss 24/7
Feb 2020 • Couples
A very nice little square in the heart of downtown Madrid, this place leads the local gastronomy with its tapa bars, jazz bars, hotels and theatre. Wonderful.
Written February 19, 2020
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Pablo S
Buenos Aires, Argentina75 contributions
A very good option for an evening in Madrid
Feb 2020
We have been to Madrid several times, and dining in a restaurant in Santa Ana is a fantastic option, if not "essential". You can enjoy the excellent Spanish meals, taste the lovely Spanish wines and blend with the Spanish nightlife.
The location is easily accessible, it is close to the "Puerta del Sol" (2 or 3 minutes walk), and there are many alternatives of good bars and restaurants around.
Written February 17, 2020
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Adrian L
2 contributions
Lovely central Plaza but be careful where you stay here
Jan 2020
This is a lovely plaza which is walking distance to/from plaza mayor as well as the main museums of Madrid and is a lovely, relatively quiet and relaxing place to have a meal or a drink. It also boasts a hotel which apparently has one of the best rooftop bars in Madrid (closed in winter!!) BUT - having stayed in/around this plaza several times in the last 5 years the last was a dud. Interestingly it has removed itself from Tripadvisor and from the search engine we originally used. So beware - make sure if you are staying in the vicinity that you make sure it has SOUND PROOF windows as at night the plaza is very loud (often past 5am ) with bars evicting their "well lubricated and jolly" last patrons regularly between 4-5am
Written February 14, 2020
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Karyn P
Bellingham, MA151 contributions
Atmosphere of Madrid
Jan 2020 • Solo
Beautiful spot to sit and really soak in the atmosphere of Madrid Spain. The patios are set up with heaters, so you can sit out there all night sitting on cappuccino or wine and enjoying the moment.
Written January 22, 2020
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ulrikljungberg
Madrid, Spain90 contributions
Great square with the kids
Jan 2020
I love this square and it’s very good when the kids are with us as they have two (very small) playgrounds. It’s nice and relaxing sitting on the square and now in the winter most of the bars have heaters.
Written January 21, 2020
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