FIND A WALK
About the Tilting at Windmills, an Excursion Walk in Madrid
Located just 30 km from Madrid, the hometown of Miguel de Cervantes, Alcalá de Henares, feels a world away. The ivy-covered buildings of the local university (one of the oldest in the world), the quiet medieval streets, and the rich artistic and theatrical heritage make Alcalá one of the most enriching—if least well-known—day excursions out of Madrid.
We begin our half-day trip at the Atocha station in Madrid where we catch one of the frequent commuter trains that make the half-hour trip to the historic center of Alcalá. Along the way, our docent—an expert in Spanish history—will annotate the trip with a mixture of geographical and historical background.
Alcalá de Henares is renowned as the
birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote. So, we'll structure our visit partly around his literary biography, visiting his home (now a museum) and also the Corral de Comedias, the earliest surviving theater in Spain and a contemporary to the famous Globe (now destroyed) in London. A
- Duration: 4 hours
- Category: Excursions
- Private: €355 per party
- Venues Visited
- Casa Cervantes
- Corral de Comedias
- Universidad Complutense
for train tickets and entrance to several churches and museums in Alcala