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The monument to Pedro Calderon De La Barca is a fantastic statue to one of the most famous playwrights in Spanish history, it's a well detailed statue located in the always busy and bustling Plaza De Santa Ana and offers some great photographic opportunities and...More
It seemed as if everyplace I went in Madrid had at least one monument to someone. Plaza de Santa Ana in the Bario de las Letras was no exception. I couldn't miss this tribute to one of Spain's most famous writers -- known especially for...More
If you enjoy seeing monuments during your travels, there is an interesting statue to Spanish writer, playwright and poet, Pedro Calderón de la Barca located at Plaza de Santa Ana that is worth seeing if you intend to pass by this area of the city...More
Date of experience: June 2016
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Also known as Barrio de las Letras, Huertas was once home to prominent literary figures, Miguel de Cervantes and Lope de Vega among them. The neighbourhood is committed to celebrating its rich heritage: Calle Huertas itself is inlaid with quotes from celebrated authors, street names pay homage to them, and second-hand bookshops pervade. Huertas receives a fair amount of spillover from the center —
side streets around Plaza Santa Ana take on a foreign party atmosphere at night, and you always see young backpackers navigating the streets — but as you descend into the neighbourhood, everything becomes a little more cramped and slightly less refined, and takes on more of an underground feel. Live music is at the heart of Huertas: by night, its subdued bars are ideal for meeting friends, sipping cocktails, and chatting quietly while enjoying jazz or singer-songwriter performances.