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Alcalá de Henares


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  • Statue of Cervantes in Plaza de Cervantes square in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid

This town in the region of Madrid has been declared a World Heritage site by the UNESCO, and is the birthplace of the world-famous writer Miguel de Cervantes, the author of 'Don Quixote'. It's well worth exploring its diverse historic centre, containing churches, monuments, convents and the university.Read more...

What to see Alcalá de Henares is home to the College of San Ildefonso, one of the most prestigious universities in Spain and founded by Cardinal Cisneros. Make a point of visiting one of its oldest areas, the chapel of San Ildefonso, and take a stroll through its courtyards, cloisters and the old classrooms. Beside the university you'll see Plaza de Cervantes square, the site of another series of interesting buildings. In this square you can see the Corral de Comedias theatre –one of the oldest in Spain– where works by the famous dramatists Lope de Vega and Calderón de la Barca were once staged. But the most celebrated author here is Miguel de Cervantes. A visit to the Cervantes House-Museum is an opportunity to find out more about the writer, and see old editions and numerous translations of 'Don Quixote'. Other sites worth seeing are the cathedral and the Archbishop's Palace, which every November is the scene of the performance of the popular play 'Don Juan'. Festivities One of its most traditional events is its Easter Week, when you can sample the typical sweets filled with sugared almond paste known as 'penitentes'. Another significant event comes every year on 23 April, with the presentation the highest literary distinction bestowed in the Spanish language, the Cervantes Prize.


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Alcalá de Henares


Alcalá de Henares


Alcalá de Henares


Alcalá de Henares


Alcalá de Henares