Luis Candelas Cagigal was born at the beginning of the 1800s. As a little boy he grew up as a bandit. He used to put on turquoise blue jacket, trousers of Mahon and Corinth wide belt. He became soon a famed bandit by stealing establishments and assaulting stagecoachs.
After his thefts, he went to the Arco de Cuchilleros, one of the most typical places of Madrid, in the Plaza Mayor - where Las Cuevas de Luis Candelas is located today. This was in the 19th Century the most “castizo” popular place in Madrid.
It is just there, under the Arco de Cuchilleros, in the caves, where Luis Candelas - known by his friends by this name, and for those who were not close to him as Mr. Luis Álvarez de Cobos- was hiding with his gang and preparing their jobs, because there were many exits to the outside in order to shake off their prosecutors...