Miguel de Cervantes will always be the most famous one-armed writer in the Spanish literature. With his writing, he has raised tourism awareness to the city of Alcalá de Henares; ranked within the most popular cities for tourism around Spain. This beautiful town in Madrid will be forever linked to the Castilian writing and the name of "Don Quixote".
Alcalá de Henares is more than a renowned city; it’s surrounded by many interesting places full of history. Walking through its streets, you can feel where Quixote’s inspiration came from, the hospitality of its people and the trace of Celtic, Roman and Muslim art.
If you are thinking of visiting this beautiful town, your best option is to book with Sercotel Hotels our hotel in Alcalá de Henares; a modern four-star resort located in a sports complex with its own golf course.
The old town of Alcalá de Henares hides treasures from the Spanish Golden Age and for that reason was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1998. Behind its walls, more than a millennium of history can be found beginning with the Archbishop's Palace. The imposing facade of this building from the XVI century is impressive and it belongs to Covarrubias. Also, Christopher Columbus’ trip to the Indies was forged from here along with many other major historical events.
Nowadays the palace is used by the bishopric as a museum called the "Antiquarium", where some of its treasures are exhibited. Also, every November on the inner patio the play "Don Juan Tenorio" is represented. Very close to this monument you can find the Convento de San Bernardo, that holds a valuable collection of Italian paintings from the XVII century.
The next stop during your visit should be the Cathedral of Alcalá. It’s the second "Magisterial Church" in the world thanks to the actions of Cardinal Cisneros during his lifetime. This meant that every canon had to be a doctor in theology to gain intelligence and strengthen the university’s culture.
Alcalá de Henares is surrounded by culture and some of the places you must not leave without visiting are The Capilla del Oidor, the Capilla de San Ildefonso, the Ladero palace, the Ermita del Cristo de Los Doctrinos (Hermitage of the Christ of the Doctrines), and the Convento de las Clarisas of San Diego (convent).
The street Calle Mayor is the busiest and the most visited because it takes you to the Cervantes House Museum. It’s a two-story house where the famous writer was born and lived his first years; now full of an interesting bibliographical legacy of the author. Workshops, shows, and guided tours are also held in this museum. If you want to, you can take a funny picture at the Plaza Mayor with the statues of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza that are sitting on a bench.
At the Plaza de Cervantes you can find the Corral de Comedias, a theatre where Calderón and Lope de Vega’s plays have been represented. Nearby you can visit the City Hall, the Interpretation Centre “Los Universos de Cervantes”, Malaga’s university and Santa Úrsula’s convent.
If you are traveling from Madrid to Alcalá you can do it in a tourist train where several actors play some passages of Quixote’s most recognized novel "Don Quixote de la Mancha". This is definitely an ideal option if you decide to stay at our hotel in Alcalá de Henares, Spain.
The Castilian cuisine is the root in the Alcalá de Henares gastronomy, where you can taste a great variety of tapas and desserts. Enjoy the roasted lamb with potatoes, migas (fried bread) with chorizo, sea bass with lemon juice, cured sheep cheese, wine from La Mancha and Torta de Alcázar (a traditional cookie made of dry paste).
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