Literary Quarter and Paseo del Prado Walking Tour

After our Madrid Free Walking Tour which covers the oldest part of the city, we offer also you our through the “Literary Quarter and Paseo del Prado” in which we will travel back in time to a splendorous period of Spanish history.

Highlights of the tour

Description of the tour

During this 2,5 hour tour we will discover two fascinating stages in the history of Spain, the arrival of the Bourbon dynasty which transformed the country and the Spanish Golden Age, a period of flourishing in arts and literature never seen before (Miguel de Cervantes, Diego de Velazquez, Lope de Vega, Murillo, Quevedo, Calderon de la Barca among others).

During the first part of the tour we will visit the emblematic “Barrio de las Letras” (Literary Quarter) where the great geniuses of Spanish literature lived (16th-17th centuries). All writers, poets and playwrights settled in this neighborhood when they came to Madrid seeking fortune and success. Undoubtedly, it was the most exciting district in Madrid at that time: taverns, brothels and inns were full of “Madrileños” and strangers. It is said that even the King Philip IV, a great lover of arts, visited in disguise this neighborhood to feel this unique atmosphere.

Literary Quarter Madrid
Statue of Calderon de la Barca, one the greatest playwrights in the history of Spain
Literary Quarter Tour in Madrid
House of Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote de La Mancha, the most important literary work in the history of literature in Spanish language.

After this part we will discover the majesty of the Bourbon Madrid, an area designed in the eighteenth century full of palaces, gardens, boulevards, museums and monumental fountains. With this project the new dynasty wanted to equate Madrid with other major European capitals like Paris or Vienna.

Tour spots Included in this tour:

  • Santa Ana Square
  • Literary Quarter
  • Monument to Federico García Lorca
  • House of Miguel de Cervantes
  • Prado Museum
  • Paseo del Prado
  • Fallen for Spain Memorial
  • Spanish Parliament
  • The fountain of Neptune
  • Monument to the Fallen for Spain
  • Bank of Spain
  • Cybele Palace
  • Cybele Square
  • Alcalá Gate
Paseo del Prado Walking Tour
Fountain of Cybele (18th century), one of the icons of Madrid
Cybele Palace was inaugurated in 1919 to house the city's main post office and telegraph and telephone headquarters

Price and how to book

Book now our tour “Literary Quarter and Paseo del Prado” here and discover a fascinating stage of the history of the Spanish capital. This tour costs 16€ per person. Just select your preferred date and the number of people and you will receive your tour confirmation immediately.

Places are limited (15 pers. max. per group) so it is important to book your spots well in advance, especially during high season and weekends. For tours with less than 24 hours notice, please call us / WhatsApp at (+34) 660 594 952. Contact us for special rates for groups! ( info@ogotours.com).

-Cancelation Policy: If you cancel less than 48 hours before the start of the tour, there is a 100% cancellation fee.

-Important Note: A minimum of 2 persons is required for this tour

Schedule and meeting point

This tour runs from Monday to Saturday at 16:00 in all weather conditions. Attention! Advance booking is required.

Our meeting point is located at Puerta del Sol Square (Equestrian Statue of King Carlos III), just look for our guides holding a sign of the company.

New measures to face COVID-19 and enjoy our tours with safety


Our groups are now limited to 10 people, therefore it is required to book your spot in advance.


Mandatory use of face masks for guides and customers. Following the Spanish legislation, the wearing of face masks in all public spaces is obligatory.


When available, we highly recommend to maintain 2-meters social distancing between all the participants of the tour.


All our guides will be carrying hand sanitizer during the tour and it will be available during the whole route for you.


You will hear the explanations perfectly, as your guide will be carrying a voice amplifier.


You don´t need to print out your tour confirmation (just in case keep the email confirmation on your phone). Your name and last name will be enough for the guide to complete the check-in process.

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