Free tour

Discover the Barrio de las Letras and Spanish culture

Duration: 1h
Guru: Luis
Registered on April 12, 2023

Hello! I am Luis, I have lived in the Barrio de las Letras for more than 10 years, and all my life in the inexhaustible Madrid. I work in film and advertising, I teach languages, I write books and I like to create. I love sharing history, literature and the magic of the places I know. For this reason, I invite you to walk with me and discover all the secrets and stories that this city keeps.

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  • Free booking and cancellation
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Tour description

Discover the Barrio de las Letras in the center of Madrid with our historical-cultural tour! From the hand of an artist and resident of the neighborhood, walk through the streets of this space full of stories and anecdotes from the Spanish Golden Age to the present day.

Mixing history, literature and contemporaneity in a pleasant way, we will walk through all the nooks and crannies and memories of the Barrio de las Letras so that you can better understand Madrid culture and the way of life that has been in the making for so many centuries.

Let yourself be surprised by each of the corners that make this area such a magical and special place.

Some of the most emblematic places that we will visit are the famous Plaza de Santa Ana , with the Spanish Theater , a space in which some of the most important plays of the Golden Age were premiered. We will discover streets, alleys and alleys full of charm, memorable legends and stories, until reaching the Plaza de Neptuno area, to return along Calle de las Huertas , where we will learn a lot about important figures in Spanish literature, as well as their experiences as residents of the neighborhood, including but not limited to to Miguel de Cervantes (and the places where he lived and died), Lope de Vega, Góngora and Calderón de la Barca, to name a few.

We will also talk about the cafes, restaurants, shops and emblematic spaces that are still maintained in the neighborhood, as well as the value of preserving these places today along with the modernization that the neighborhood and the most popular streets are currently experiencing. We will not stop looking, of course, at the Callejón del Gato and the concave mirrors that Valle-Inclán immortalized.

In each of the streets, you will discover a multitude of dazzling secrets that are waiting for you in broad daylight. There is much more than what we mentioned, I assure you.

Important information: We will meet and finish in the impressive Plaza de Canalejas (Metros: Sol, Sevilla).

Approximate duration: between 60 and 90 minutes maximum.

Available times are very limited, so make sure you book this guided tour as soon as possible.

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  • Meeting point:
    Cra de S. Jerónimo, 9, 28014 Madrid, ...
    Cra de S. Jerónimo, 9, 28014 Madrid, Spain
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    We will meet and finish in the Plaza de Canalejas, in front of the Galerías Canalejas door. It is likely that he is carrying a yellow backpack.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

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Peter 14 Sep 2023

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
Interesting if you have a love of Spanish authors. But a great overview to the neighbourhood
Monica 24 May 2023

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Travelled alone - May 2023
Recomendo o trabalho de Luís. Super profissional. Grata
Vera 24 May 2023

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Travelled in couple - May 2023
¡Muy interesante y el guru Luis es muy simpático!
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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