Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Madrid isn't just a place
to feast on paella and sip on the finest of red wines.
In Spain's capital
city, there's a wealth of literary treasures for those hoping to commemorate,
to explore, and to appreciate the literati history.
The modest birthplace of
Don Quijote's author, a restaurant described by one of the world's most famous
literary expats, and a hotel donning decorative poetry are can't-miss
destinations for Madrid's more book-obsessed visitors.
The Dwellings of Cervantes A plaque commemorates the building, located on
the corner of Calle Cervantes and León, in which Miguel de Cervantes
Saavedra—author of Don Quijote de la Mancha—spent his final days.
the residence is not open for public viewing, it's just a quick trip from the
city center to Alcalá de Henares, where a museum has been inside the house
where he was born.
Dine at Restaurante Sobrino de Botín Known as the oldest restaurant in
the world per the Guinness Book of World Records, Restaurante Sobrino de
Botín, this tavern-style establishment has long been a stomping ground for
literary types.
Legions of authors, both Spanish as well as American, have
dined here, citing its excemplary paella and other Madrileñan eats, including
a roast suckling pig, in their works.
Ernest Hemingway, for instance,
described Botín in the closing scene of his famed novel, "The Sun Also
Rises." The restaurant is just footsteps away from the city center, Plaza
Mayor Wander Around Calle de las Huertas A main connecting street in the
Barrio de las Letras is Calle de Huertas—also a prime destination not only
for nightlife and inventive cocktails but also for buzzing bookstores and
Pay attention as you roam the streets, as words from authors such as
Lope de Vega, Cervantes, and Quevedo (key authors from the Golden Age of
Spanish Literature), may greet you at your feet in glimmering gold on the
ground. Minutes away from Calle de las Huertas is La Fugitiva, a bookstore
that sells café con leche, various teas, and sweet treats, boasts quiet
spaces to use Wi-Fi, and hosts creative writing workshops and book clubs.
Takes Notes at Ateneo de Madrid Near the Museo del Prado, on Calle de
Prado, is the Ateneo de Madrid.
Founded in 1835, this center, which also has a
concert space on site, has the largest newspaper library in Europe.
It's also
home to a wealth of books and journals for guests to research or browse.
Lounge at IBEROSTAR Las Letras Gran Via Not only does this hotel boast a
stunning rooftop bar and lounge area, not to mention its prime location in the
midst of the Gran Via shopping district in Madrid, but it's also a haven for
literary lovers seeking refuge.
In the basement of the hotel is a quiet mini
library, and many rooms in this hotel feature prose or poetry on the
Bookworms, rejoice! Discover the great literature of
Madrid, Spain.

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