The Top 10 Things To Do And See In Huertas

Photo of Talitha Duncan-Todd
9 February 2017

Although Huertas may be a small neigborhood, there is still plenty to see in this area. The beautiful buildings in the city are iconic, thus attracting tourists from all over the world. The flamenco shows are also very popular and are a must-see in this area. In this article, we’ve highlighted the top ten things to do and see in the heart of Huertas, Spain.

Madrid | © Sebastian Dubiel/WikiCommons

Madrid Cool and Cultural

Madrid Cool and Cultural are a travel agency that can host and organize your trip, tailoring it to your needs, your own pace, and focusing on what you enjoy the most. Throughout the proposed tours you will discover, from a personal viewpoint, the most emblematic sites of Madrid, its artistic treasures, and its cultural and gastronomic life. They are also delighted to design visits to neighboring sites, such as Huertas. Their professional services will make your visit to Madrid and its environment truly memorable.

Atocha, Madrid, Spain, +1 857 400 0695

Plaza de Santa Ana

Plaza de Santa Ana is a delightful mixture of elegant architecture and lively energy. It presides over the upper reaches of the Barrio de las Letras; situated in the heart of Huertas, the plaza was laid out in 1810 during the controversial reign of Joseph Bonaparte, giving breathing space to what had been one of Madrid’s most claustrophobic districts. The plaza quickly became a focal point for intellectual life, and the cafés surrounding the plaza gathered writers, poets and artists.

Plaza de Santa Ana s/n, Madrid, Spain

Casa de Lope de Vega

The Casa de Lope de Vega is the former home of the golden-age writer Lope de Vega, located in Madrid, Spain. The 16th century house was bought by the writer in 1610. Today it is conserved by the Real Academia Española, which is the institution responsible for the regulation of the Spanish language. The academy restored the house and opened it as a museum in 1935 – the same year the building was declared a national monument. The building is currently protected as a heritage site of cultural interest. The academy owns three of Lope de Vega’s manuscripts on display at the museum.

Calle de Cervantes, 11, Madrid, Spain, +34 914 29 92 16

Teatro Español

Teatro Español is a public theater administered by the Government of Madrid, Spain. The prime location was an open air theater in medieval times where small venues and some theatrical pieces, which formed famous classical literature in later years, were staged. This theater has undergone a great deal of reconstruction. Make sure you book a ticket and see an amazing show at the Teatro Español during your visit.

Calle del Principe, 25, Madrid, Spain, +34 913 60 14 84


This sanctuary of flamenco first opened as a tablao (a place where flamenco is performed) in the spring of 1911
This sanctuary of flamenco first opened as a tablao (a place where flamenco is performed) in the spring of 1911 | © Courtesy of Villa Rosa
This sanctuary of flamenco first opened as a tablao (a place where flamenco is performed) in the spring of 1911. At that time, people who were a part of the great flamenco scene met at Villa Rosa. Famous local and foreign characters came to Villa Rosa and enjoyed beautiful, endless nights of dance. Champagne, fino sherry, heels, flamenco dresses, bull-fighting debates, guitar riffs and husky vocals produced wonderful nights and dawns. Spend an evening at the Villa Rosa to experience true Spanish culture and its entertainment scene.

Ballet Flamenco de Madrid

Ballet Flamenco presents the best flamenco show in Madrid, hosting different performances, such as Carmen and Flamenco Feeling. Ballet Flamenco de Madrid was born from the need to break the cliché that states the Spanish dance is just flamenco dancing. Ballet Flamenco showcases performances that weave tales surrounding their protagonists, interpreting emotion through dance. The rhythm, magic, sensitivity, movement, aesthetics, harmony and charm are fully identified with these artistic realities. Definitely come see a show here as they are worth every cent.

Plaza del Carmen, 1, Madrid, Spain, +34 915 22 79 03

Courtesy of Ballet Flamenco de Madrid
Courtesy of Ballet Flamenco de Madrid

Mercado de Antón Martín

Mercado de Antón Martín is a food market located in the center of Madrid. Located on the Atocha Street (next to the parish of San Salvador and San Nicholas), the market offers a variety of seasonal products there. The building has three floors; in the first two, almost 50 stalls are divided into sections: fishmongers, bakers, butchers, etc. The third floor is dedicated to private activities, such as the practices of dance schools.

Calle de Santa Isabel, 5, Madrid, Spain, +34 913 69 06 20

La Fidula

La Fidula is a charming and legendary venue. It opened its doors in 1978 and is a relaxed and calm space in the hectic atmosphere of Huertas. The Fídula is a different alternative, as it is one of the few places in Madrid where classical music is the hallmark. Its stage presents great voices of jazz, bossa nova, blues or soul, and now it aims to encompass genres such as literary cabaret, poetry or drama. The tables and chairs are placed around the stage, creating an intimate space where viewers can feel closer to the art of the performers.

Calle de Las Huertas, 57, Madrid, Spain, +34 910 18 61 70

Café Central

Restaurant, Cocktail Bar, Spanish, Cocktails, $$$
For many years now, this beautiful venue, with high ceilings and elegant décor, has been the place to get your jazz fix in Madrid. The artists that come here are among the best of their genres in Europe. George Adams, Don Pullen, Ben Sidran and Bob Sands have all taken the stage, as well as Spanish artists, such as Chano Domínguez, Jorge Pardo and the oldest and greatest of them all, Pedro Iturralde. Café Central’s classic stone tables are ideal for having a hot cup of coffee or a drink while enjoying the live music.

Casa Patas, Flamenco en Vivo

Casa Patas is a tavern-restaurant and flamenco performance space located in the center of Madrid. It is considered an exemplar of excellence in the world of flamenco. This unique establishment successfully combines high-quality gastronomy based on superior raw materials prepared according to traditional Spanish recipes. The varying program of live flamenco shows are not to be missed, making this restaurant a great space to experience true Spanish culture in the heart of Huertas.

Calle de los Cañizares, 10, Madrid, Spain, +34 913 69 04 96

By Talitha Duncan-Todd

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