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Lovely, Literary Madrid
You can tell that a city takes literature seriously when one of its neighborhoods is called “The Literary Quarter.”
Madrid’s Barrio de las Letras is located right in the center of town. Filled with narrow streets, pedestrian walks and pleasant squares such as the Plaza de Santa Ana’s, it’s here that you’ll find the houses where revered literary figures of the Spanish Golden Age such as Lope de Vega, Quevedo, Góngora and Cervantes lived and wrote. Look down at some of the cobbled streets and you’ll see short excerpts from their works. Look up, and you’ll note that many street signs and corners bear their names.
And look around: you’ll find everything from traditional cobblers, silversmiths and lute-makers, to ultra-modern clothing vendors, avant-garde restaurants and pavement ‘tapas’ cafes.
So, this part of town is a must visit for the Literary Tourist; but wait. There’s much more…