Casa Museo Lope de Vega
Fodor’s Expert Review
A contemporary and adversary of Cervantes, Lope de Vega (1562–1635) wrote some 1,800 plays and enjoyed great success during his lifetime. His former home is now a museum with an intimate look into a bygone era: everything from the whale-oil lamps and candles to the well in the tiny garden and the pans used to warm the bedsheets brings you closer to the great dramatist. The space also accommodates poetry readings and workshops. There is a 35-minute guided tour in English starting every half hour (reservations are necessary, either by phone or email) that runs through the playwright's professional and personal life—including his lurid love life—and touches on 17th-century traditions. Look up to see the Latin inscription over the door: Parva Propia Magna / Magna Aliena Parva (Small but mine big / Big but someone else's small).