Named after the great literary figures who walked its streets, this bohemian district is one of Madrid's most vibrant and exciting neighbourhoods. Learn about some of Spain's most influential writers, such as Lope de Vega, Quevedo, Gongora, and Cervantes as your local guide shows you cobblestones on which you can see inscriptions and short texts from some of their works. Historically, a region outside of the city walls, where rumors and gossip ran rife, the literary quarter became the most alternative area of Spain. It was re-discovered in the 20th century by writers such as Hemmingway, who found in this quarter the inspiration that they were looking for. Nowadays, lined with chic bistros and boutiques, the literary quarter is a favorite amongst artists, tourists, and locals alike.
This is a private live virtual tour. Our professional, local guide will be showing you Madrid’s most fascinating sights in real time, directly from the streets of Madrid. You will be connected via video call and you can then explore the city together. With your experienced guide you will see more than just the Madrid of today, you’ll also get a glimpse back in time because each tour is complemented with an excellent selection of multimedia. You will be shown historic photographs and videos to help with explanations, stories and the historical context of Madrid's incredible and turbulent past. You can’t get any closer to history without a time machine!
The entire tour is designed to be as interactive as you desire. You can ask questions, you can request to go back and look at something again, you have all the freedom and participation of a private walking tour, all from the comfort of your own home.
The video calling software used for the tour is called Zoom. You will need to have it downloaded on your laptop, tablet or cellphone – with a connection to speakers or headphones – in order to participate in the tour. Also, remember to keep an eye on the time difference when choosing a time for your private virtual experience, as all times stated are in Madrid time!
We begin the tour in Plaza Jacinto Benavente, where your local guide will introduce you to two great Spanish writers - Perez Galdós and Valle Inclán, before you walk past the beautiful St. Sebastian's Church.
Known as one of the most distinguished Baroque writers of the Spanish Golden Age, you will learn about Calderon de la Barca and the impact that he had on world literature.
Your guide will take you to the stunning Spanish Theater, a Neoclassical style building, constructed between 1887 and 1895. See the names of famous theater personalities engraved on the façade, such as Federico García Lorca.
Pass by this German brewery, a favorite drinking spot of Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos.
We continue our exploration of the literary quarter by visiting Lion Street where you will learn about the lives of Francisco de Quevedo and Luis de Góngora, two of the most prominent Spanish poets of all time.
See the Trinity Convent, as well as the former homes of Lope de Vega and Miguel de Cervantes.
Founded in 1835, The Ateneo de Madrid is a private cultural institution located on the bustling Prado Street, one of the main boulevards in the city.
See the Monument to Miguel de Cervantes, as well as the beautiful Royal Spanish Academy, whose mission is to ensure the stability of the Spanish language.
Our tours run between 8:00AM and 7:00PM Madrid time.
After booking your experience, please send us an email to let us know what time you would like for it to start. For bigger group bookings of over 15 persons please contact us directly for a price quote.
The video calling software used for the tour is called Zoom. You will need to have it downloaded on your laptop, tablet or cellphone – with a connection to speakers or headphones – in order to participate in the tour.
Also, remember to keep an eye on the time difference when choosing a time for your private virtual experience, as all times stated are in Madrid time!
If booking less than 48 hours in advance, please check availability with us first, by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our office hours are 9:00AM-5:00PM on the weekdays and 9:00AM-2:00PM on the weekends.
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