Barrio de Las Letras
Barrio de Las Letras
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Neighbourhood: 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 neighbourhood 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 neighbourhood, 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
  • Antón Martín • 2 min walk
  • Vodafone Sol • 6 min walk

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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand3,951 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Barrio de Las Letras is a charming old neighborhood, famed for its focus on literary arts. Calle Huertas puncuates the neighborhood and is famous for numerous pubs, restaurants. The small street is inlaid with quotes from famous writers. Good place for tapas and wine or beer.
Written 12 May 2024
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Salvador H
San Juan, Puerto Rico424 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I you are there because of the food, or the drinks, or the wine, or just simple to enjoy walking the narrow streets of an eclectic neighborhood you are in the right place. Even Miguel de Cervantes and Lope de Vega lived and died there, not much to say about the houses, but the barrio has some kind of enchantment no matter who you are.
Written 16 October 2023
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK831,254 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
The Huertas neighbourhood officially known as El Barrio De Las Letras ( Literary Quarter ) is one of my favourite districts of Madrid ,a hive of actively ,the area gained it's name from the street Calle Huertas ( El Barrio De Las Letras ) that was home to the most famous writers of the time that runs through the barrio ,along parts of this street and inlaid into the pavements are poems and verses which are cool ,the area has great architecture and an amazing variety of pubs,cafés,bars and restaurants ,it's a happening area ,if you're planning a holiday to Madrid it's a neighbourhood to most definitely check out .
Written 27 September 2023
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Debbie
124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We stayed in this neighborhood and LOVED it. This barrio is full of unique shops and boutiques (fave is Madrid Al Cuba), great restaurants, bars, Essential Flamenco, music and coffee shops. It is cultural during the day and buzzing at night. It feels
Like a place where locals mix with tourists. Beautiful area of Madrid.
Written 30 June 2023
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Steve_of_N21
London, UK2,815 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We chose a hotel in the Barrio de Las Lettras for our visit to Madrid, and what a fantastic decision that was.
This Barrio is the beating old heart of Madrid. A maze of narrow cobbled streets that house many traditional bars and Tabernas, and independent cafes and small shops. Also home to Plaza de Santa Ana , one of the most intimate squares in Madrid and Calle de Las Huertas, its main historical street.
It is worth exploring this Barrio during the day, but especially at night when it is lively and never dull.
Written 2 June 2023
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland31,245 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Barrio de las Letras, also known as Huertas, was once home to some of the greatest Spanish writers of the 17th century. The streets are paved with recognizable quotes from writers such as Miguel Cervantes, etc.

Today, the area has plenty of nightlife activity in bars, taverns, and other venues around Calle de las Huertas and Plaza de Santa Ana.
Written 9 January 2023
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JRMADA
United States3,313 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
We stayed in Barrio de las Letras for 9 days, and loved it. The location is very convenient as it is within walking distance to most tourist attractions and Puerta de Atocha Train Station. The gastronomy choices here are vast with some excellent restaurants. This area is less touristy and not crowded as areas closer to Sol or Plaza Mayor. It is a quiet area, so we figure living here would be great.
Written 17 November 2022
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J Streth
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
The tour guide told us about it, it's a pitty you don't feel that literature atmosphere anymore, just some poems on the ground, sad... but still nice.
Written 9 July 2022
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Norberto T
Community of Madrid, Spain106 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Very friendly place to be very close to the famous Plaza San Ana. You are close to the Palacio delos Diputados, within 10 minutes walk of El Prado museum and surrounded by many great places to drink and dining
Written 13 February 2022
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leuveen
United Kingdom1,278 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Friends
This is a fantastic district for a walk, some places tend to be more crowded than others but overall it's a great area to walk around and explore.
Written 28 December 2021
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