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Literature and Art Tour Madrid
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Literature and Art Tour Madrid

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US$ 16.60
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Free cancellation up to 6 hours before the service starts
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Cervantes, Lope, Velázquez... discover the streets and stories of the Spanish Golden Age of literature and art on this guided walking tour of Madrid.

Plaque on the street named after Cervantes
Statue of Cervantes outside the Congress of Deputies
Statue of Federico Garcia Lorca
Sculpture of Diego Velázquez
Plaza Mayor
Plaza de Santa Ana square

Literature and Art Tour

As Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra once wrote, “he who reads much and walks much, goes far and knows much,” and we'll pay homage to this maxim on this fascinating walking tour of Madrid. We'll start in the Plaza Mayor at 2:30 pm, and from there, our expert guide will take us into the Villa and Corte area of the city. In the 17th century, this area was home to two of the greats of Spanish literature: Lope de Vega and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Did you know that despite living just a couple of minutes apart, these two literary figures loathed each other? 

We'll discover more intriguing stories as we wander through the Barrio de las Letras (literary neighbourhood), passing by the writers' old houses, and those of others, as in the height of the Golden Age this area was home to other greats such as Francisco de Quevedo and Luis de Góngora.

Next, we'll head to the Plaza de Santa Ana. This beautiful, popular square is not only where the Teatro Español theatre lies, but outside there is also a statue of acclaimed 20th-century poet and playwright Federico García Lorca, who was shot by Nationalist forces during the Spanish Civil War. We'll move from one statue to another, this time to one of Miguel de Cervantes, which stands proudly outside the Spanish Congress of Deputies. Interestingly, this was the first statue in Madrid that was not a religious or political figure.

The Spanish Golden Age didn't just generate masterworks of literature, but also art, especially painting. We'll pause outside the world-famous Museo del Prado to admire the sculpture of Diego Velázquez and to discover some interesting facts about the Madrid-born painter. Then we'll end our guided walking tour close to Retiro park, referred to by locals as the 'green lung' of the city centre, back in the golden age of literature this lay on the outskirts of Madrid.

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Adults Accredited students Children under 13 years old
Tour in English
US$ 16.60
US$ 14.30

Tour in English

  • Adults

    US$ 16.60
  • Accredited students

    US$ 14.30
  • Children under 13 years old


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Covid-19 Measures

All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations to avoid the spread of Covid-19.


2 hours.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in english.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in english.


English speaking expert guide.

When to book?

You can book up to the start time, as long as there are places remaining. Book now to guarantee your spot.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Q - Will we visit the inside of the museums?

    A - No, you will not visit the inside of any museums of this Literature and Art Tour

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you have any other questions please contact us.

US$ 16.60
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 6 hours before the service starts

Free cancellation

Free! Free cancellation up to 6 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.

Meeting point

Plaza Mayor de Madrid