Walking (and Bar Hopping) in the Steps of Madrid's Literary Giants
Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina, Valle-Inclán, García Lorca, and expats like Hemingway… Madrid's literary giants were never a stuffy bunch of academics, so visiting their stomping grounds means rambling (and drinking and snacking) your way through the most charming and happening blocks of old Madrid. Start off on calle Huertas where the words of these greats (and many more) are embedded into the pedestrian streets. Get sloshed on vermut de grifo (draft vermouth) as Hemingway did in the countless bars around the Plaza de Santa Ana. In the wee hours, dunk churros at Chocolatería San Ginés and argue about great literature with a friend. Make up, grab a bottle of wine, plunk down on a park bench in Plaza de España and ponder what friendship is all about with the best travel buddies ever—Don Quixote and Sancho—as the sun (also) rises.