Alcalá de Henares and Cervantes from Madrid

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This tour will take you to several places in Alcala de Henares related to the life and work of Miguel de Cervantes , the house where he was born in 1547, now a museum (Museo Casa Natal Miguel de Cervantes), the church where he was baptized on October 9th 1547. Sites related with his family and those associated with the publishing of his works. A route that takes us to the heart of the Golden...
This tour will take you to several places in Alcala de Henares related to the life and work of Miguel de Cervantes , the house where he was born in 1547, now a museum (Museo Casa Natal Miguel de Cervantes), the church where he was baptized on October 9th 1547. Sites related with his family and those associated with the publishing of his works. A route that takes us to the heart of the Golden Age of the spanish literature.
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Stop At: Plaza de Cervantes, 28801 Alcala De Henares Spain

This square has had several denominations throughout its history. Initially it was the "Market Square", then the "Constitution Square" and, since 1879, it is the "Plaza de Cervantes" in memory of his favorite son Miguel de Cervantes. However, popularly it is also called "main square", as it is the main and largest of Alcala de Henares.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Colegio de San Ildefonso, Plaza de San Diego, Alcala De Henares Spain

The set of the Colegio Mayor de San Ildefonso and Rector of the University of Alcalá was established as center of the university structure designed by Cardinal Cisneros from 1499. Its facade was built from 1537 by Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón, architect of cathedrals of Salamanca and Segovia, was finished in 1553 rigger being the same Pedro de...
Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Plaza de Cervantes, 28801 Alcala De Henares Spain

This square has had several denominations throughout its history. Initially it was the "Market Square", then the "Constitution Square" and, since 1879, it is the "Plaza de Cervantes" in memory of his favorite son Miguel de Cervantes. However, popularly it is also called "main square", as it is the main and largest of Alcala de Henares.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Colegio de San Ildefonso, Plaza de San Diego, Alcala De Henares Spain

The set of the Colegio Mayor de San Ildefonso and Rector of the University of Alcalá was established as center of the university structure designed by Cardinal Cisneros from 1499. Its facade was built from 1537 by Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón, architect of cathedrals of Salamanca and Segovia, was finished in 1553 rigger being the same Pedro de la Cotera. In its elegant decor they worked the most qualified of the time and forged their teachers bars admirable Cathedral of Toledo Francisco de Villalpando and Ruiz Diaz of the Corral carvers. Retains the Patio de Santo Tomas de Villanueva, the Philosopher and the trilingual. The Auditorium and the University Chapel are the only two buildings of the College built in the days of its founder. Escolástico the auditorium or theater, Located in the western bay of the Trilingual Patio, it was destined to the imposition of degrees and where solemn academic events took place. San Ildefonso Chapel is one of the most significant examples of the so-called 'Cisneros style'. Plasterwork of the walls, which are harmonically mixed motives ornamental Gothic, Moorish and Renaissance, and its coffered, with polychrome decoration tracery, endow the set of a sumptuousness and make this building one of the finest examples of our first Renaissance.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Calle Mayor, Plaza de Cervantes - Plaza de los Santos Ninos, Alcala De Henares Spain

It owes its origin to the old Jewish aljama of the city, around the twelfth century, which was built along the path of the Caesar Augusta Roman road that passed through Complutum. As today, it was the commercial street of Alcalá par excellence during the Middle Ages, so it was supported almost entirely, to place the stores at street level, while the houses were on the upper floor (with a gallery that communicated to the inhabitants of the different homes without having to descend to the public thoroughfare).

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Museo Casa Natal de Cervantes, Calle Mayor 48 Madrid, 28801 Alcala De Henares Spain

Miguel de Cervantes’ place of birth has long been debated and questioned, and it wasn’t until 1948 that Luis Astrana Marín, author of The Heroic and Exemplary Life of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, proclaimed this very building as such. The property is situated in the historic old city of Alcalá de Henares, next to the ‘Hospital de Antezana’, where the writer’s father, Rodrigo de Cervantes, worked.

As a result of this discovery, the Alcalá de Henares City Council bought the property in 1954 to establish a Cervantes museum. That same year, the City Council handed over the building to the National Ministry of Education.

The current Museum, inaugurated in 1956 as the ‘Cervantes Museum and Library’, is a product of the reconstruction work done to the original property. The reconstruction involved the creation of a garden and a new entranceway at number 48 Calle Mayor. It had previously been located at number 2 Calle Imagen. By way of Royal Decree 680/1985 of April 19 the Casa Natal de Cervantes was given over to the Community of Madrid, which, between 1997 and 2003, remodelled some of the rooms whilst also preserving the original elements.
The rooms are spread over two floors and come off a courtyard with columns. At one end of the courtyard is a well with a stone parapet that supplied water to the family. The rooms devoted to the family’s public and social areas, where guests and patients of Miguel de Cervantes’ father were received, are on the ground floor. The upper floor is reserved for their private life, with the bedrooms, a room devoted to ‘The Retable of Maese Pedro’ (Quixote II, Ch. XXVI) and two temporary exhibition rooms where a variety of Cervantes’ works are displayed.

Duration: 35 minutes

Stop At: Catedral de Alcala de Henares, Plaza Santos Ninos s/n, 28801 Alcala De Henares Spain

Magistral of Saints Justo and Pastor
Cathedral Magistral of Saints Justo and Pastor, stands as throughout the Middle Ages was the center of the town. With a concentric circle structure, this place departed the various streets leading to the gates of the walled enclosure. In addition to its status as a religious center, it was to turn the political and social center of Alcala. in the Plaza de Abajo and Picota the council houses were located.

Its origin dates back to the martyrdom of Justo and Pastor, happened in this place at the beginning of the fourth century, as the cathedral stands on the site where according to tradition were beheaded and buried martyrs Justo and Pastor. On earlier buildings, from 1497 it begins to build in Gothic style, the current building by decision of Cardinal Cisneros, entrusting the work to Anton and Enrique Egas brothers, aided by complutense Pedro Gumiel. The Church has dignity reinstating Cathedral of the Diocese Complutense in 1991. It emphasizes the Renaissance tower designed by Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón. Cathedral Magistral since 1519 and since 1991.
The herreriano cloister houses an interesting Interpretation Center, in addition to the large collection of tombstones of ancient canons. Also retains a reconstruction from original parts, Puerta de Covarrubias of the Archbishop's Palace.

Duration: 30 minutes

Important Details

Included
  • Entrances to monuments in the itinerary
  • Entry/Admission - Colegio de San Ildefonso
  • Trip by luxury bus with air conditioned and Wifi.
  • Entry/Admission - Museo Casa Natal de Cervantes
  • Entry/Admission - Catedral de Alcala de Henares
  • Guided walking tour of 1,5 - 2 hour in Alcala de Henares with Official bilingual guide
Not Included
  • Anything not specified in the itinerary
Departure Point
1: Calle de San Bernardo, 7, 28013 Madrid, Spain
2: Calle de Carretas, 3, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Near public transportation
  • Stroller accessible
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.