Hemingway's Walking Tour, Madrid

There have been many writers who express a love for Madrid, but one who did so quite famously was Ernest Hemingway. During his life, Hemingway was a frequent visitor of Madrid, finding in it his muse, popular success and critical acclaim. Don Ernesto, as he was called in Spain, was a frequent visitor to specific sites in Madrid that became major tourist attractions. The majority of those sites are described in the next walking tour.
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Hemingway's Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Hemingway's Walking Tour
Guide Location: Spain » Madrid (See other walking tours in Madrid)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Author: emma
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Plaza Mayor

1) Plaza Mayor (must see)

Plaza Mayor, originally known as "Plaza del Arrabal", was built during the Habsburg rule period and is a central square of Madrid, located only a few blocks away from Puerta del Sol. Rectangular in shape, the square measures 129 by 94 meters and is surrounded by three-story residential buildings with a total of 237 balconies facing the Plaza, nine entryways and a ring of old and traditional shops and cafes under their porticoes. Casa de la Panadería, a municipal building, dominates Plaza Mayor. In the course of history, the square has hosted many different things, including markets, bullfights, soccer games, and even public executions of condemned heretics back in the days of the Spanish Inquisition. This place is excellent to hang out or start an interesting tour.

Why You Should Visit:
Perfectly symmetrical, highly detailed architecture, with a walkway to shield from sun or rain around its perimeter. This layout has been copied in squares around Europe and for good reason.
Very photogenic, and always full of people with cameras; also a great spot to have dinner and drinks and watch the world go by.

Tip:
If looking for something cheaper and just as good quality, try the restaurants and bars just outside the square.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Restaurante Sobrino de Botín

2) Restaurante Sobrino de Botín (must see)

The Botín restaurant, a famous eatery in Madrid, claims to be the "oldest restaurant in the world." It was founded by Frenchman Jean Botin and his spouse and was originally called Casa Botín. The restaurant was inherited by their nephew Candido Remis, thus explaining the change of name to Sobrino de Botín, which survives to this day. The famous painter Francisco Goya is said to have worked here as a dishwasher in his younger years and the place was also a firm favorite of Ernest Hemingway. It grew more popular after Hemingway's regular visits, and is said to be the place of the last scene of his novel "The Sun Also Rises." Botín is known for its excellent cuisine and great staff.

Tip:
You can also book the 'Botín Experience' which includes a tour of the restaurant prior to sitting down for your meal.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 1pm-4pm / 8pm-12am
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Cerveceria Alemana

3) Cerveceria Alemana

Cerveceria Alemana is located in central Madrid's Plaza Ana, well known for hosting many cafes and eateries and for being a popular night spot for Madrid's youth. It is also the place where Hemingway had his daily haunt- the Cerveceria Alemana (German Bierkeller). His regular table still stands in the near right-hand corner and this tavern is noted in his novel "The Sun Also Rises."
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La Venencia (Hemingway's Madrid)

4) La Venencia (Hemingway's Madrid)

Clad in vintage posters with the interior yellowed in cigarette stains, La Venencia sherry bar in central Madrid gained fame in the 1930s, during the Spanish Civil War, as a popular hangout of Republican soldiers and their supporters, among whom was Ernest Hemingway, a war correspondent, who frequented the place seeking news from the front. Nowadays, the joint has retained much of its character; the old wooden barrels and sawdust floor, still in place, remember Hemingway pitching up for a glass of sherry, much as the top shelf bottles, none of which seems to have been dusted since either. All of this adds a great deal to the place's appeal. Regularly crowded by locals, the bar still carries the sign from the Civil War era, saying “Don’t spit on the floor.” Moreover, in keeping with its republican tradition, La Venencia still observes the strict rule, as was in Hemingway’s time – no photographs, as a safety measure against possible Fascist spies, as well as no tipping. The latter may seem odd, but these were socialists and workers, after all...
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Museo Chicote

5) Museo Chicote

When you are looking at your list of museums to visit in Madrid, don’t be misled by the Museo Chicote on the Gran Via – it is not a museum, it is the most famous cocktail bar in Madrid. During the Spanish Civil War the bar was a favorite meeting place for the Foreign Press and Hemingway was one of its most regular patrons. It has kept its nineteen thirties Retro style, but has added modern lighting, modern acoustics, a dance floor and some of the top Spanish DJ’s to entertain you into the small hours. The walls are festooned with the great and famous who have (perhaps) sipped refreshing cocktails in the heat of the Spanish summer nights. Here you can see – apart from the famous Ernest – photos of Dali, Sophia Loren, Frank Sinatra and Orson Welles, among others.

If Ava Gardener ever frequented the place, you would have a hard time proving she didn't – a well positioned photo suggests that she did; but in these days of airbrushing software, who really knows? Only the bar-tenders and they are keeping mum! The cocktails aren't very cheap, around 7 Euros a glass, and a lot of people don’t find them up to the high standard the fame of the bar requires they should be, but you should visit the place to form your own opinion. You should know, however, that at night the cocktail bar is a favorite haunt for gays, the music is very loud and the place is often over-crowded. If you want to have fun, then it’s a great place to spend the evening; if you want a bit of peace and quiet, it would be better if you chose another bar – or spent the evening at your hotel with a good book!

Operation Hours: Monday - Saturday: 17.00 - 03.00. Sunday - closed.
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Círculo de Bellas Artes (Hemingway's Madrid)

6) Círculo de Bellas Artes (Hemingway's Madrid)

Círculo de Bellas Artes is one of the most important cultural centers in Europe and has been an important venue of Madrid since 1880. Hemingway was a frequent guest at the Hotel Suecia, which was just around the corner, and often visited the Circulo de Bellas Artes. Several famous artists passed through the doors of this educational center that is a must see for any arts lover.
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Hotel Suecia

7) Hotel Suecia

Hotel Suecia was the place Hemingway stayed on his last visit to Madrid. He had stayed at the end of the 50s, leaving the hotel a stamp of historical importance before its closure. Today, a wall plaque reminds tourists of the visit of the writer before his presumed suicide.
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Westin Palace Hotel

8) Westin Palace Hotel

Westin Palace Hotel (previously known as Palace Hotel) is where Ernest Hemingway would come to stay whilst in Madrid. In particular, he would frequent the bar in the lobby for a glass of Martini en route to his much loved Prado museum, which is just around the corner.
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Museo Del Prado (Hemingway's Madrid)

9) Museo Del Prado (Hemingway's Madrid)

The Museo del Prado is one of the greatest and finest art museums in Madrid. Althoug Ernest Hemingway was not a usual lover of museums, Prado was an exception for him. He recognized this cultural site as a treasure, with its exhibited works by Picasso, Velazquez, Goya, El Greco and many other international artists. The writer was especially fascinated by Goya, whom he considered a genius.

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