Association of traders in Madrid’s Barrio de las Letras, where culture, gastronomy, decoration, fashion and handicrafts coexist with important historical buildings, bookstores, antique shops and art galleries.


Lugares históricos


Historical places

Historical places

Barrio de las letras

In this section we will tell you about the most emblematic places in the neighbourhood: Casa de Cervantes, in Lope de Vega…


Currently Prado Street has one of the most emblematic buildings in the area. It is the Ateneo Científico Literario de Madrid (Madrid Scientific and Literary Athenaeum) declared a Cultural Interest Property and was founded in 1835. The aim of this space was the meeting of the great intellectuals of that time. Today it is open to the public for workshops, exhibitions and also has a restaurant. Nearby is the church of San Ildefonso of the convent of the Trinitarias Descalzas, built between 1673 and 1698. Miguel de Cervantes is buried in this monastery and on one of the facades there is a commemorative plaque made by Ponciano Ponzano.


The most important comedy halls of the time were located in the Plaza de Santa Ana. The Corral del Príncipe was one of the first and is currently what we know as the Teatro Español. Also the Corral de la Cruz or the Corral de la Pacheca were places where the works of Calderón or Lope de Vega were performed…

Madrid Ateneo

The Ateneo de Madrid is a private cultural institution located in Madrid and created in 1835 as a Scientific and Literary Athenaeum.

Convent of Las Trinitarias Descalzas

Monastery of San Ildefonso and San Juan de Mata

Spanish Theatre

The Teatro Español, called Teatro del Príncipe until 1849, is a public theater in Madrid, belonging to the city council of the capital.

House of Cervantes

Former residence of the famous writer Miguel de Cervantes, author of “Don Quixote”, with guided tours.

Royal Academy of History

Institution in charge of the study of the History of Spain, of the diverse branches of the life, civilization and culture of the Spanish people”

Caixa Forum Madrid

Inaugurated on 13 February 2008 by the then King and Queen of Spain, Don Juan Carlos and Doña Sofía, and the President of La Caixa, Isidro Fainé.