Alcala de Henares, Home of Cervantes
Alcala de Henares is located about 30 km away from Madrid. It is well-known for its university, the oldest in Spain, and for being the city where Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes was born. Because of its many important historic buildings, the old center of the city has been declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Despite all these claims to fame, however, not many people seem to take the time to visit Alcala de Henares when they are touring around Madrid.
On a rainy morning, Nico (white_smallstar) and I, who both happened to be in Madrid at the same time, met up at the Puerta del Sol to go on a day-trip to Alcala. After Nico had had her daily fix of pastries at La Mallorquina, we were off to the Atocha train station and on our way to Alcala. We had a wonderful day in the city of Cervantes and I hope the following tips will convince you that it's worth the detour!