Plaza de Santa Ana
If you’ve only got time to stop at one bar on Plaza de Santa Ana, let it be this classic cervecería (beer bar), renowned for its cold,...
Our pick of the bars surrounding Plaza de Santa Ana, El Lateral does terrific pinchos (tapas), the perfect accompaniment to the fine...
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Plaza de Santa Ana information
Plaza de Santa Ana is a delightful confluence of elegant architecture and irresistible energy. It presides over the upper reaches of the Barrio de las Letras and this literary personality makes its presence felt with the statues of the 17th-century writer Calderón de la Barca and Federíco García Lorca, and in the Teatro Español (formerly the Teatro del Príncipe) at the plaza’s eastern end. Apart from anything else, the plaza is the starting point for many a long Huertas night.
Situated in the heart of Huertas, the plaza was laid out in 1810 during the controversial reign of Joseph Bonaparte, giving breathing space to what had hitherto been one of Madrid’s most claustrophobic barrios . The plaza quickly became a focal point for intellectual life, and the cafes surrounding the plaza thronged with writers, poets and artists engaging in endless tertulias (literary and philosophical discussions).