Cuesta de Moyano
Cuesta de Moyano
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Neighborhood: Paseo del Prado
The area around the elegant Paseo del Prado boulevard is much-visited by both locals and tourists. The world-famous Prado, the Reina Sofia, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza museums form a triangle of art and culture that spans this grand and beautiful avenue. On weekdays, the Prado Museum opens its doors for free after-work hours, drawing a diverse and excited queue of art lovers that wraps around the block. Palacio de Cibeles and Círculo de Bellas Artes cultural centers are other artsy hangouts to check out, with rooftop bars that provide impressive views of the city. While the Paseo del Prado and its roundabouts form a busy throughway in Madrid, a broad green pedestrian park in the middle is a calm and gorgeous place for a relaxing stroll. Just east of the museums, the Retiro Park is always a confluence of activity as families and friends of all ages take to the pretty paths and lawns to stretch their legs or to have a picnic.
How to get there
  • Atocha • 3 min walk
  • Atocha Renfe • 5 min walk
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MDOGP
Dallas, TX1,098 contributions
Feb 2021 • Solo
This is a literary spot in Madrid, close to Retiro Park. There are many book stalls during the weekend with books and magazines for sale. It is a good place to spend time during the weekends. Also, there is a statue of Pio Baroja, a famous Spanish writer.
Written February 18, 2021
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Phi Somchai
Bangkok, Thailand3,590 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
This is a pedestrian walkway leading from Atocha Station to the Retiro Park. There are some little shops here selling second hand books. Quaint shops.
Written March 2, 2020
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naza2005
Madrid, Spain159 contributions
Oct 2014 • Solo
Cuesta de Moyano is one of those well kept secrets of Madrid .
Near the beautiful Botanic Park, the Prado Museum and close to Atocha station, you will find this place, a treasure trove of books , old, not so old, all kinds of .
The ancient stalls line up ( up is the operative word in this Street) this old " Cuesta" , so you can walk around looking for that book you always wanted to have .. or just looking .
And in case you find it , you can choose between a bench in the Retiro park or one in the Botanic park .
Trees and books, better combination is difficult to find .
Written October 15, 2014
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK612,467 contributions
Sep 2019 • Friends
Cuesta De Moyano is an interesting pedestrianised walkway lined with stalls selling old books ,its known as Moyano's Hill ( Cuesta De Moyano ) ,its a permanent book market open seven days a week and has been in operation since 1925 ,located along Calle De Claudia Moyano next to the Botanic Gardens and very close to El Retiro Park it's a nice walk ,you can purchase some books,browse through the stalls ,enjoy a meal or drink in one of the cafes along the walkway or just enjoy a very pleasant walk,theres some nice statues here, one to Claudio Moyano and another to Pio Baroja.
Well worth checking out if your planning a holiday to Madrid.
Written September 11, 2019
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Marcela
Buenos Aires, Argentina904 contributions
Dec 2018 • Friends
It is located in a street at the end of the Botanical Park of Retiro to Atocha station, we find this picturesque place where second-hand books are sold. The very good thing about this place is that you can find some jewel of literature in old editions ... that make the specimens even more special & unique: of course the price is negotiable.
It is a beautiful place to start the weekend with a delicious coffee in hand to accompany the search: I really think this is a special place in MADRID. I love it!
Written March 1, 2019
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LG_Kay
Singapore, Singapore7,488 contributions
Jun 2018 • Solo
I was heading to the El Retiro park from Atocha station when I chanced upon this stretch of used bookstores. It is worth a stroll to browse through these second hand books for those who are keen.
Written August 8, 2018
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Enikő K
24 contributions
May 2018 • Friends
If you appreciate second-hand books regardless of the language, it's a place you should see of you are around Retiro/Prado/Atocha. The location is quite good since after a recharging walk in Retiro you can easily stroll through the book fair. You can find pretty old books and very cheap ones. It's advisable to go there if you want a book in Spanish just to improve or extend your language skills in it. The vendors are friendly and you can find a wide range of books starting from Philosophy to fairytales.
Written May 6, 2018
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abcfox
Inver Grove Heights, MN116 contributions
Feb 2018
Located along a street at the end of the Botanical Garden, very near the Atocha station, this gem is not to be missed if you are a lover of books or of history, or of course both. If not as famous as the stalls along the Seine in Paris, it also has less the feeling of tourist location and more a genuine place to find treasures among old books. Even if you don't read Spanish, it is worth walking up the Cuesta and from there to the garden, back to the area of the Prado or into the Retiro.
Written February 26, 2018
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Jane C
Languedoc-Roussillon, France1,614 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
The book stalls are in a quiet pedestrian street, off Paseo del Prado at the Atocha end of the street. If you are a book lover it is interesting to rummage through the books even though the majority of them are in Spanish! We did find some lovely books on art which specialized in the great artists. There were excellent photos of the paintings and a little description in Spanish. The paintings speak for themselves! We bought some novels in English which appeared to be virtually new. One book for €3 or 2 books for €5 - reducing in price if you bought more. The seller spoke English. A very pleasant way to spend time!
Written September 12, 2017
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sheepygold
london5,135 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
My wife and I love second hand books and look through loads of shops in the UK so we were interested to walk down this street. We came late afternoon on a weekday and few places were open so maybe weekends are the time to visit. There were few English books and the ones we saw were in poor condition and expensive. I would come back but was disappointed on this visit.
Written August 9, 2017
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