Plaza de Santa Ana
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Tapas bars and clubs line this scenic plaza, making it one of Madrid's most popular nightlife hotspots.
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The area
Neighbourhood: Huertas
Also known as Barrio de las Letras, Huertas was once home to prominent literary figures, Miguel de Cervantes and Lope de Vega among them. The neighbourhood is committed to celebrating its rich heritage: Calle Huertas itself is inlaid with quotes from celebrated authors, street names pay homage to them, and second-hand bookshops pervade. Huertas receives a fair amount of spillover from the center — side streets around Plaza Santa Ana take on a foreign party atmosphere at night, and you always see young backpackers navigating the streets — but as you descend into the neighbourhood, everything becomes a little more cramped and slightly less refined, and takes on more of an underground feel. Live music is at the heart of Huertas: by night, its subdued bars are ideal for meeting friends, sipping cocktails, and chatting quietly while enjoying jazz or singer-songwriter performances.
How to get there
  • Vodafone Sol • 2 min walk
  • Antón Martín • 4 min walk
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TSB5
Fort Lauderdale, FL5 contributions
Jul 2022
Loved this small plaza in the heart of the centro. Many wonderful little places to enjoy a wonderful glass of Spanish tinto or cerveza. The shop owners are helpful if you need directions and don't speak fluent Spanish. I found myself wandering around alot as I was navigating the city. Always loved returned to Santa Ana. Don't miss this quaint spot.
Written 17 July 2022
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Kimkf2014
Denver, CO207 contributions
Apr 2022
This is a great place for drinks before dinner, especially if you have small children. There is a great playground for younger ones, that our grand daughter loved. The shops around this area are also fun to visit, as they are mostly independent businesses.
Written 12 May 2022
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250pasir
Valkeakoski, Finland236 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Yet another open place in Madrid. Nice buildings surrounding and good atmosphere but really nothing special to see compared to elsewhere
Written 2 April 2022
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Malgorzata
11,440 contributions
Aug 2020
The square is located a short walk from both the Plaza Mayor and the Puerta del Sol. The Plaza de Santa Ana, together with the nearby small streets is one of Madrid's most lively and vibrant areas, with hundreds of tapas bars, terrace cafes, pubs, restaurants all within a relatively small area. The square was originally the site of the Convent of Santa Ana, founded in 1586 but demolished in 1810. In its place, the Plaza was created around 1848. On its east side, the Teatro Espanol may be found, whose origins go back to 1583, although it was rebuilt in 1807 after a fire. To the west, the unmistakable façade of the Reina Victoria hotel dominates the square. The hotel was built in 1916, the large front windows of its rooms enjoying truly spectacular views of the square. It is a wonderful place to just sit and watch the passers-by, to take a refreshing drink at one of the open-air terrace cafes, or to enter one of the many bars to sample a plate or two of tapas.
Written 30 July 2021
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria19,056 contributions
May 2021
Pleasant square in the heart of Madrid filled with many outdoor restaurants and cafes. The Teatro Español is also located here.
Written 14 May 2021
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom7,501 contributions
Feb 2020
This square is centrally located, lying in the heart of Madrid. Whilst it’s not a must-see, it is a pleasant, attractive space and it’s not heaving with crowds and tourists like Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol. If you need a break and want a more relaxing, open space to sit for a coffee, then this fits the bill and is only 5 mins walk from Puerta del Sol.
There are a few attractive cafes with outdoor seating under umbrellas and from here, you are very close to the bars and restaurants and night-life of Calle des Huertas.
The thing that caught our eye and made us stop was a grand, old building, the Madrid Reina Victoria. An institution for over 100 years, it was most famous for being the favourite hang-out of celebrity matadors. At night, it’s very prettily illuminated and apparently has an excellent roof-top bar (although we did not go up).
The statue of a man standing facing the National Theatre and about to release a dove is the poet and playwright, Federico Garcίa Lorca. He died at only 38, when he was arrested and shot in 1936 by right-wing Franco officials during the Spanish Civil War. For decades there was a lot of mystery and denial surrounding his death but about 5 years ago, official police documents were released that reveal a lot more about his execution.
Written 16 December 2020
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MDOGP
Dallas, TX1,100 contributions
Oct 2020
This is a nice square in the heart of Madrid, close to the Ateneo, the Royal Academy of History, and of course Teatro Nacional.
There are many restaurants and terraces just to relax.
This square was built during the Napoleonic invasion in Spain (1808-1813). It has a strong literary connection with the statue of Federico Garcia Lorca and Calderon de la Barca.
Written 4 October 2020
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Gwen D
Cincinnati, OH2,055 contributions
Oct 2019
We wandered from plaza to plaza as we wandered around central Madrid on our one day stop. Such a lovely stop to soak in the atmosphere!
Written 20 September 2020
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mjs03
Valencia, Spain626 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
This square has buildings with beautiful architecture and plenty of typical restaurants and terraces for lunch , dinner or drinks. The neighborhood (Las Letras) is lovely.
Written 2 August 2020
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carlosmp
Rio de Janeiro, RJ4,596 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
A very nice little square in the heart of downtown Madrid, this place leads the local gastronomy with its tapa bars, jazz bars, hotels and theatre. Wonderful.
Written 19 February 2020
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