Most people head to Huertas, Santa Ana, and the Barrio de las Letras (Literary Quarter) for its happening nightlife, but that's not all this area has to offer. We've put together a list of our top 10 picks for things do in Huertas and Santa Ana, not allowing its literary associations and historic side to go unnoticed. Our top pick is the Casa Museo de Lope de Vega. This museum was once famed 17th century Spanish playwright Lope de Vega's house. It is a fascinating look into Madrid life of the period as well as into the mind of the writer. Guided tours of the museum are available in different languages. The Plaza de Santa Ana is a good place to stroll, have a snack, relax, and hang out. The historic square is located in the Literary Quarter and features statues of famed Spanish writers Federico García Lorca and Calderón de la Barca. The area surrounding it is filled with cafes, restaurants, and bars. The Filmoteca is a fun Art Deco movie theater that screens old movies. Tickets are cheap and the theater regularly has film festivals or thematic screenings you can't see anywhere else. The Congreso de los Diputados is Spain's Parliament building. Free visits to Parliament sessions can be arranged by advance request at the Zorilla entrance; otherwise, you can just admire the elegant front entrance to the neoclassical building featuring a row of columns and two lions.
Plaza de Santa Ana
A pleasant square with literary associations...
C/ Santa Isabel, 3
Classic and international films in an Art Deco theater... read more
Paseo del Prado, 8
Palacio de Villahermosa
Masterpieces of European painting... read more
Calle de San Sebastián
Cervantes 40 Calle de Jesús 2
Plaza de Cánovas del Castillo