Plaza de Santa Ana

One of Madrid's liveliest areas, filled with restaurants, cafés and tapas bars.

TravelCurious Tip

Come here to experience Madrid like a local - most tourists flock to the larger squares.

Classy Plaza

Plaza de Santa Ana was built in the 19th century on the site of an old monastery of the same name, which had been demolished in 1810. Its most iconic feature is on the square's western side: overlooking the plaza is the Reina Sofia, a 19th century hotel with a grand windowed façade that is famed as a favourite stopover for popular bullfighters. Manolete, considered by many the greatest bullfighter of all time, always stayed in room 220.

Smaller than Puerta del Sol and less pricy than Plaza Mayor, this is also a quieter spot to relax, where you're less likely to be bothered by any street performers. But there's still lots going on, with hundreds of surrounding tapas bars and vinotecas nearby, and the square makes a great starting point for night-time excursions in summer. On Sunday mornings, Madrilenian families stroll here to buy newspapers and loaves of bread.

It's also a beautiful place: many of the restaurants are decorated with elegant ceramic tiles. Two statues pay tribute to authors of the Spanish Golden Age, the playwright Pedro Calderón de la Barca, and the poet and dramatist Federico García Lorca, who was killed by Nationalists during the Civil War.

Nearby Attractions

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Jamon Serrano
Jamon serrano - Spanish ham - is a staple of many tapas and is a delicacy not to be missed.
Puerta del Sol
The centre of Madrid's New Year celebrations, and mile zero of Spain's network of roads.
Classic Spanish Tapas
Spanish tapas are the heart of any social gathering.
Plaza Mayor
This colossal square has hosted a variety of events over its 400 year history, from street markets to public executions.
Christ Washing the Disciples' Feet
An incredible representation by Tintoretto of the events before the Last Supper.
The Garden of Earthly Delights
An astounding triptych by Hieronymus Bosch, portraying fantastical crowds of people and monsters in a warning against temptation.

Related Tours

The Literary Quarter Live Virtual Tour
On this Live Virtual Tour, we will take you to heart of Madrid and its Literary Quarter, or Barrio de las Letras, which was home to 17th-century writers like Lope de Vega, whose house is now a museum.  On this Private “The Literary Quarter Live Virtual Tour" you will discover: 
  •  Plaza de Santa Ana - Madrid's most popular squares is a hub of food, nightlife, and culture.
  •  Calle Principe - the main street
  •  Local taverns and local products
  •  Calle León - a street that combines traditional shops with more avant garde boutiques
  •  Ateneo de Madrid - a private cultural institution that was founded in 1835
  •  Trinitarians Convent - known as the The Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians, home to the remains of Cervantes 
  •  Calle Cervantes - Cervantes lived at number 2 of the street that is now named Calle Cervantes (previously Calle de Francos), where the house of Lope de Vega is situated. 
  •  Lope de Vega House Museum (Interior courtyard) - built in the 16th-century and bought by the writer in 1610.
  •  The Palace Hotel - luxury hotel commissioned by King Alfonso XIII in 1912,
  •  The Congress - The Congress meets in the Palace of the Parliament in Madrid
  •  Panoramic view of Paseo del Prado - one of the main boulevards in Madrid, Spain
  •  Statue of the Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes
Whether you're a literary lover or first time visitor to Madrid The Literary Quarter Live Virtual Tour will open your eyes to the authentic heart of Spain's capital city.


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