Calle de Huertas (Huertas Street), Madrid

Calle de Huertas (Huertas Street), Madrid

As you wander along this street, take a moment to glance down at the ground, where brass letters have been set into the pavement, displaying quotes from renowned authors such as Galdós and Cervantes. The area, known as the Literary Quarter or the "neighborhood of Spanish writers", was once home to literary giants like Cervantes, Lope de Vega, and Quevedo during the 1600s.

Today, this bohemian and charmingly cobblestoned street offers a delightful mix of traditional taverns and trendy celebrity chef establishments. Brimming with thriving delicatessens and tapas joints, it offers visitors a chance to recharge and indulge in delectable bites and refreshing drinks. With practically every door along Huertas leading to a bar or restaurant that showcases both traditional and innovative takes on local cuisine, it's no wonder that even the most satiated stomachs find it difficult to resist the temptation of gluttony amidst such a gastronomic bombardment.

Notable architectural and historical points of interest include the late 18th-century neoclassical building on the left corner with calle León, which now houses the Royal History Academy ("Real Academia de la Historia"). It was originally constructed for the monks of El Escorial, who printed and sold their prayer books there. On the right corner, where calle del Príncipe intersects, you'll find the Santoña Palace, now serving as the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Built in 1734 by Pedro de Ribera, it boasts a typically elaborate Baroque doorway.

Across the street, you'll spot the Casa Alberto tavern, distinguished by its red wooden frontage, providing a pleasant spot to enjoy a drink. It is worth noting that Cervantes himself lived in a house on this very site for a period of time during the early 17th century.

Tip:
Head to the cosy Blackbird Rock Bar (Tue-Sun: 8pm–3am) located at No. 22, a fantastic venue for those seeking a bluesy ambiance. If you're musically inclined, you can even showcase your talents during their monthly jam sessions. In addition to the music, the bar also offers a selection of cocktails, classic tapas, and hearty Spanish dishes to satisfy your cravings.

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Sight Location: Madrid, Spain (See walking tours in Madrid)
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