Want to learn a language quickly? Get reading! Take advantage of Madrid´s 78th Feria del Libro (Book Fair) in El Retiro. With over 300 book stalls around the city, the guest country this year is the Dominican Republic, with the event´s slogan ´´A story at every step´´ (Una historia a cado paso). From the 31st May- 16th June, wander around the city´s many stalls and immerse yourself in the literary culture.
Here´s a summary of our top 4 best hidden gems around the city for literature and free activities:
- La Casquería Antigua
Love a good bargain? Here, you pay for the weight of your books, meaning that a whole kilo only comes to only 10 euros. (Nearest metro stop: Embajadores, 41)
The only place where you can actually choose the price of your book. The idea is that everyone has access to literature. The company also sends books to developing countries. (Covarrubias 38, Bilbao)
- La Casa Encendida or Casa del Libro
More well-known than the two previous places, you can take part in book signings, readings, and free exhibitions.
- Ever heard of a Poetry Slam?
Try something a bit different and join this Facebook group´s poetry/ rap-style competition to challenge your poetry skills on the spot.
Keep a look out for: The lady with the typewriter outside Opera. Give her a subject and she can type up a poem for you on the spot!