Casa de Lope de Vega
- Calle de Cervantes 11
- 91 429 92 16
- guided tours every 30min 10am-2pm Tue-Sat
Lonely Planet review for Casa de Lope de Vega
Lope de Vega may be little known outside the Spanish-speaking world, but he was one of the greatest playwrights ever to write in Spanish, not to mention one of Madrid’s favourite and most colourful literary sons. Scandalously, he shared the house, where he lived and wrote for 25 years until his death in 1635, with a mistress and four children by three different women; Lope de Vega’s house was a typical casa de malicia (house of ill repute). Today the house, which was restored in the 1950s, is filled with memorabilia related to his life and times. Out the back is a tranquil garden, a rare haven of birdsong.