Calle Huertas is a main street in the downtown Centro district of Madrid, Spain, reknowned for its connection to famed literary figures and other artistic aspirations. Originally only farmland, the street obtained its name from the prevalence of orchards, gardening and fishing nearby.

Development of Calle Huertas began in the 17th century, attracting playwrights such as Lope or Ramon de la Cruz, renowned bullfighters such as Pepe Hillo, and legends of the writer Jose Cadalso wandering the street looking for his late lover, the famous actress Maria Ibanez.

Calle Huertas in Madrid - one of the highlights of 10 Most Popular Streets in Madrid (Read all about Madrid here)

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What are the highlights of Calle Huertas in Madrid?

Calle Huertas is rife with secondhand bookshops and places symbolising its rich literary past. Teatro Espanol, the Royal Academy of History, and the Palace of Santona are beloved, entertaining hangouts as well. By Plaza de Santa Ana, the street is filled with vibrant nightlife, with a variety of live music, karaoke, exotic cocktails and a soothing atmosphere at pubs and discos.

If you’re hungry, the Argentinean steakhouse Mu! El Placer De La Carne is close by, along with the French, Mexican and American restaurant Le Coq Atocha. There’s also El Sur de Huertas, a vegetarian-friendly Spanish restaurant alongside many tapas and other bars.

What else is good to know about Calle Huertas in Madrid?

Calle Huertas runs across from Calle de Atocha, from Plaza del Angel to Plaza de la Platería Martinez. The street is a 3-minute walk from Anton Martin and a 7-minute walk from Vodafone Sol. The area is especially popular with foreign exchange students.

Nearby places of interest to explore include Calle de Atocha, Plaza del Angel, Plaza de la Platería de Martinez, the Palacio del Marqués de Molins, Plaza de Santa Ana, the Casa-Museo de Lope de Vega, La Pensión de las Pulgas and Galería Modus Operandi. Other nearby places with a thriving nightlife include Gran Via, Austrias, Princesa and Salamanca.

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Calle Huertas in Madrid

Ubicación: Madrid, Spain