Alcalá de Henares

Alcala de Henares colegio de Málaga

Alcala de Henares Plaza Cervantes

What to see:

In Miguel de Cervantes’ hometown, you’ll find one of the oldest university campuses in Spain–Universidad de Alcalá–which was founded in the 15th century. The city still boasts some of the magnificent buildings from that time. History aside, I’d say that Alcalá de Henares is most known for its generous and free tapas. So after you visit the University and walk through the town to see its monuments and plazas, you should rest at one of the bars close to Plaza Miguel de Cervantes and enjoy a cold beer that is sure to come with a nicely-sized tapa. The most famous tapas bar in Alcalá is El Índalo, but there are many others. This cute town is perfect for a relaxing day trip!

Here’s a great post on what to see in Alcalá in a day

How to get there:

  • By Train (Cercanias)

Depart from: Atocha train station
Departure (Madrid-Alcala de Henares horarios y precios (RENFE))
Return (Alcala de Henares – Madrid horarios y precios (RENFE))
Duration: approx. 35 min
Price: 2,50€ (round trip approx. 5€).

  • By bus

Depart from: Avenida de america: Buses 223, 225, 227
Departure (Madrid-Alcala de Henares horarios y precios (ALSA))
Return (Alcala de Henares – Madrid horarios y precios (ALSA))
Duration: approx. 40 min
Price: 3,60€ (round trip 7,20€)

Where to find it on a map:

Alcala de Henares Map




  • June 20, 2014


    I love your website ans specially that you talk about Alcalá de Henares!
    Tapas are big in here, but we also have plenty of buildings, squares and streets that are beautiful and are worth a visit.
    This is a tour that goes through the most important and beautiful places in Alcalá:

    Hope to see you soon in Alcalá!!

    • June 21, 2014

      Daphne Binioris

      Thanks for letting us know! We’ve added the link at the top of the page so people can check it out :)

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