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Close to Madrid, Alcala de Henares is familiar to all Spaniards as the birthplace of the nation's literary hero, Miguel de Cervantes. The Cervantes industry dominates the town, but Alcala de Henares was already a place of note before Don Quixote was written. The town is the home of one of Europe's oldest universities and a refined and elegant seat of learning. Highlights for visitors mostly relate to the author or the university, but Alcala de Henares is a charming and atmospheric base close to the capital. Online accommodation specialist Venere can provide Alcala de Henares hotels to suit any budget. Booking in advance is simple using Venere's search system, which offers detailed assessments from past guests and multiple photos to help you identify the Alcala de Henares accommodation that best suits your needs.
What's Alcala de Henares Like?
If Cervantes was Spain's Shakespeare, then Alcala de Henares is Spain's Stratford upon Avon, devoting considerable energy to celebrating his life and work. A museum located in the author's birthplace replicates a 16th century house with artifacts related to Cervantes. Tours are available with staff in period dress. Some of the town's most impressive buildings are part of the university, including a great hall with a ceiling decorated in ornate Moorish style. The Monasterio de San Bernardo, close to the university, was a Cistercian retreat and now houses a museum of religious art and a reconstruction of the monastery cells and kitchen. The Corral de Comedias is one of Europe's oldest theaters, dating from 1601. It has been lovingly restored and is open for guided tours. Alcala de Henares hotels offer the opportunity to explore this significant center of Castilian culture.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Alcala de Henares
Alcala de Henares is a regular day trip destination from Madrid so locals are used to English-speaking visitors. Trying out a few Spanish phrases will win friends. Spanish etiquette usually involves a greeting to the staff and other customers when you enter a cafe or bar, even if it is no more than a "buenos" and a nod. When you want to pay, a simple "me cobra por favor" suffices. Alcala de Henares is a student town, so there is no shortage of lively bars and clubs around the center. Venere can help you find Alcala de Henares hotels in a suitable location using our interactive map feature, which identifies the distances to the major sights and transport hubs and shows the best way to arrive in town.
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