A great road trip from Madrid is Alcala de Henares. Since it is the birthplace Miguel de Cervantes, Alcala de Henares is especially fun to visit if you’re a fan of “Don Quixote.”
The area dates back to when it was conquered by the Romans in the 1st century BC. It’s architecture and art proclaim influences from times under Christian, Jewish and Muslim rule. It is a fascinating community.
Some fun things to do in Alcala de Henares:
Cervantes Birthplace Museum
You can browse around the house where Miguel de Cervantes was born! I think he may have not liked something I said, because he and I had words afterward.
I told Don Quixote that it was absurd for a grown-ass man to have a fight with a windmill! He told me it was absurd for a grown-ass man to have a fight with a statue. Touché, Soñor Quixote.
The oldest currently functioning hospital in Europe!
Admire the Architecture
Simply walk the streets of Alcala de Henares and admire the Christian, Jewish and Muslim influences. Take your time and notice as much as you can. You might even see some shells noting a path for the Camino Santiago!
Plaza de Cervantes
We all love plazas. The world needs more plazas. Well, Dallas does. Lovely gardens, a nice gazebo and a monument to Cervantes. It’s the perfect place to grab lunch, find a bench and watch people.
University of Alcala
You can walk around this still-functioning Unversity that was founded in 1293.
Look closely at the steeples and bell towers. You’ll notice lots of large, white birds. And the nests! Watch the storks for a few minutes. I’m sure you’ll find it diverting.
If you’re interested in a trip to Madrid, give a shout! I’ll be happy to plan you a trip. My valuable services come at no charge to you. The travel vendors pay to make sure you have a magical time!