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From Madrid: Alcalá de Henares & Cervantes Museum Day Trip

1. From Madrid: Alcalá de Henares & Cervantes Museum Day Trip

Delve into the life and times of Cervantes on this day trip from Madrid to Alcalá de Henares. Enter the house where Cervantes was born and the chapel where he was baptized. Enjoy walking through the oldest university in Spain at the University of Alcalá de Henares. Visit the house where Cervantes, the famed writer of 'Don Quixote' was born at the Miguel de Cervantes Birthplace Museum. Walk through reconstructed rooms from the 16th century and dive into the customs, traditions, and everyday life of the time period. Go to the Chapel of the Hears where Cervantes was baptized. Let your guide show you places that are related to his family and associated with the publication of his work. View the statue of the author in the elegant Plaza de Cervantes. Hear about how the Cardinal Cisneros worked to establish of the University of Alcalá de Henares, which is the oldest university in Spain. Take some time to explore this university before heading to Plaza de los Santos Niños where the Magisterial Cathedral is located. Listen as your guide tells you about the child martyrs that the cathedral associated with. Finish your visit with a stop at the Archbishop's Palace. Admire this splendid palace where Castilian monarchs once resided and where the English queen Catherine of Aragon was born.

Madrid: Half-Day Alcalá de Henares Tour

2. Madrid: Half-Day Alcalá de Henares Tour

After gathering at the Monument to Felipe IV in Plaza de Oriente, depart from Madrid in the direction of Alcalá de Henares. Once there, begin to explore the native city of Miguel de Cervantes, the greatest writer of Hispanic Literature. Alcalá de Henares, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to many secrets of this famous character. Through its streets you can also find elements of the different cultures that have been part of Spain throughout the centuries. Learn how the rich historical and artistic heritage of this city is reflected in its imposing monuments, among which you will see the Cathedral of the Holy Children, the Palace of Laredo, the picturesque Calle Mayor, or the centennial University of Alcalá. This guided trip is a perfect option to spend half a day, a mere 20 minutes away from Madrid.

From Madrid: Private Day Trip to Alcalá de Henares

3. From Madrid: Private Day Trip to Alcalá de Henares

Travel to the ancient city of Alcalá de Henares on this private tour of Madrid. Visit the UNESCO's world heritage site-listed historical center with guide on a 4-hour tour. Learn about the Roman roots of this facinating city. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Madrid. Relax on the ride to Alcalá de Henares. Stop in the historical old town to meet your local guide. Find out where the author of 'Don Quixote' was born at the Cervantes Birthplace Museum. See the garden surrounding the Laredo Palace. Admire the unique brick styling of this neo-Mudejar building. View the past home of Castilian monarchs and the current home of the Diocese of Alcalá de Henares at the Archbishop’s palace. Marvel at the well-preserved medieval fortifications that still enclose the Archbishop's palace. Watch as your guide shows you the 16 remaining towers. Return to your accommodation in Madrid.

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What people are saying about Alcala de Henares

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Excellent attention from the guide who received us at the meeting point, (Ana) extreme punctuality, comfort, cleanliness of the vehicle and responsible handling of the journey. Ms. Nieves is a magnificent guide at the destination, super attentive, cordial and professional. The highly recommended tour, Alcala de Henares a destination without waste! Operator service is highly recommended.

It was good, but all too fast. It would have been better if we had had more time.

Foi bastante produtiva, tivemos um ótimo guia que fez um bom histórico do lugar.