Las Letras quarter

  • Outdoor café in Plaza de Santa Ana square. Madrid

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Las Letras quarter

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Calle de las Huertas, 39
Madrid  (Madrid Region)

Las Letras quarter


The Las Letras quarter

This central neighbourhood is where some of the towering figures in Spanish literature –Quevedo, Lope de Vega, Góngora and Cervantes– have lived and written. In fact in some streets such as Las Huertas, you'll find inscriptions and brief extracts from the work of some of these writers carved into the paving stones. Today this is an area that merges the modern with the traditional, and offers a combination of literature, entertainment, bohemian appeal, shopping, and excellent Spanish and international cuisine. Here you'll find everything from the most traditional establishments with centuries of history such as shoemakers and silversmiths, through to other more modern and avant-garde businesses. The Las Letras quarter is formed by tiny pedestrianised streets with restricted access to cars, in addition to charming squares like Santa Ana –an excellent place to enjoy the famous 'tapas' at any of its outdoor cafés. You'll find a number of cultural attractions in and around the CaixaForum Museum.