In the footsteps of Cervantes: Visit Alcalá de Henares from Madrid

In the footsteps of Cervantes: Visit Alcalá de Henares from Madrid


Enjoy this wheelchair accessible Alcalá de Henares Tour from Madrid with an official local guide and discover the birthplace of the famous Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes. We will visit the main monuments of the city such as Colegio de San Ildefonso, Cathedral of Alcalá de Henares and Cervantes Birthplace Museum.

We will first visit briefly the Cathedral of Alcalá de Henares which origins date back to the martyrdom of Justo y Pastor on the 4th century. Next, we will visit Colegio Mayor de San Ildefonso. The Colegio Mayor de San Ildefonso de Alcalá de Henares was founded in 1499 by Cardinal Cisneros as the origin of the historic University of Alcalá and the first university campus in the world. The Universitas Complutensis was founded in 1499, although the Studium Generale (Study of General Schools in Alcalá de Henares – 1293) already existed, it is the third oldest University in Spain and since 1998 was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Afterwards, we will stroll through the main street, known as Calle Mayor, considered the longest arcaded street in Spain. It owes its origin to the old Jewish aljama of the city, which was built to place the shops at street level, while the houses were on the upper floor. In honor of the favorite son of the city, we will visit the Cervantes Birthplace Museum, where we will find an important bibliographical collection of Cervantes.

Lastly we will walk through one of the most important and largest places in Alcalá de Henares, “Cervantes Square” while we enjoy one of the best known specialties in Alcalá which are their typical sweets at one of the most traditional Bakeries in the village, as Hot Chocolate and the typical pastries such as Rosquillas and Buñuelos. We will enjoy this sweet snack at this beautiful Square during sunset while you learn more stories and particularities of this ancient town with your local guide, before we head back to Madrid.

  • Private tour with an official local tour guide
  • All local taxes
  • Hotel pick up/drop off (optional)
  • Comfortable air-conditioned vehicle with a wheelchair ramp and wheelchair tie-downs

Our itineraries are a selection of those most interesting parts that avoids steps, pronounced hills and cobblestones, following a mostly flat path along the tour, and we tailor each tour to each group’s preferences and specific accessibility needs.

This tour includes private accessible transport which is available for reaching most of the locations described on the itinerary, therefore walking parts can be also shortened, for those preferring to stay longer at the minivan or the minibus.

  • Starting time: Flexible
  • Duration: 6 Hours
  • We recommend allowing time for a Lunch break to sample typical local cuisine and wine at one of our suggested Restaurants, equipped with an adapted toilet.


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