Benito Pérez Galdós’ Madrid

  • Galdós es Madrid

Madrid pays tribute to the great writer from the Canary Islands, a key author to discover the life and characters of 19th century Madrid.

Although he was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 1843, few writers have been so closely linked to Madrid as Benito Pérez Galdós, to the point that fellow writer Valle-Inclán described his novels as having "a strong smell of smelt of cocido”, a chickpea stew typical of the region.

The author of National Episodes - a collection of 46 novels which relate the history of 19th century Spain- came to the capital at the age of 19 to study at the Central University, but his real schooling occurred in the cafés in Puerta del Sol, at the Teatro Real opera house (which he was often spotted in), and on the trams where all of the social classes mixed together. Novels like Fortunata and Jacinta (Fortunata y Jacinta) and Compassion (Misericordia) are cross-sectional portraits of the city.

Discover the footprints left by the writer and his characters in the city where he lived for most of his life and the activities that Madrid hosted in 2020 to commemorate him on the centenary of his death.


A review of the places that marked the life of the writer from the Canary Islands in Madrid and the places where the spirit of his life and works can be felt.  

  • La primera casa de Beniro Pérez Galdós en Madrid. Calle Fuentes, 3
  • Galdós’ first home
  • Central University
  • Café Comercial
  • Headquarters of El Debate
  • Lhardy
  • Fortunata’s House
  • ... and the Santa Cruz house
  • Obras de Pérez Galdós Publishing House
  • Royal Spanish Academy
  • Nª Sª Maravillas Church
  • Royal Theatre
  • Congress of the Deputies
  • His Street
  • Pérez-Galdós Bookshop
  • His monument
  • ... and the house where he died
  • Galdós’ Tomb
  • A public library
  • Chocolatería de San Ginés
  • Royal Palace
  • Madrid Scientific, Literary and Artistic Athenæum
  • Teatro de la Comedia

The young writer lived in a boarding house at Calle Fuentes, 3 between 1862 and 1863 during his first months in Madrid.



The city’s new official sightseeing and tourist travel pass.

An observation deck offering wonderful vistas of the city.

Visit our online store (in Spanish) of souvenirs made by local artisans!

An Illustrated Cultural Map

Discover the footprints left by the Spanish writer and his characters in the city where he lived for most of his life.

Galdós' Madrid. An ilustrated cultural map

  • Take a tour of our city following the footsteps of the most acclaimed writer in the history of the Spanish language, taking in Trinitarias Church, the Literary Quarter, his famous monument and other sights.

    Cervantes' Madrid
  • In the Literary Quarter, this typical seventeenth-century house is where the playwright and poet lived for the last 25 years of his life.

    Lope de Vega House Museum
  • The coffee still retains a literary aroma in this venue, which has been a meeting place for Madrid’s writers for over 100 years.

    Gran Café de Gijón
  • Gran Café Gijón