“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”
Tucked behind the Paseo del Prado is Huertas, nicknamed "Neighborhood of Literature." Great literary figures from Madrid's Golden Age called Huertas home, including playwright Lope de Vega, whose house can still be visited. The neighborhood bears this literary heritage proudly, with its poetry-engraved streets and distinct bohemian flair. Narrow tree-lined Calle de Huertas is famed for its nighttime bar and jazz scene, notably Café Populart, which offers free jazz and blues concerts every night. The Barrio de las Letras is a historic Hemingway hangout: the Cervecería Alemana on Plaza Santa Ana and La Venencia on Calle Echegaray were some of the writer's favorite haunts.