I have mixed feelings about the experience of visiting this place, since visitors are not allowed into the former home of the famous writer. Sure, you get a bit of the feel for Hemingway, but you also end up feeling like a Peeping Tom. Circling the ground floor, you can see the house more or less as it was when Hemingway was living and writing here. There's a copious collection of books, paintings, and stuffed animal heads. In addition to an old typewriter, the works of art by Picasso, Miró, and Klee are some of the more prized possessions. There's a small tower separate from the main house, which has a gift shop and some rooms with rudimentary exhibits, and you can even climb it for a better view all around. In the surrounding gardens, you can see Papa's pet cemetery and the author's dry-docked fishing boat, Pilar.
- © Frommer's 2013