Sport, Landscaping, Gastronomy and History… in Alcala de Henares
All in! What else? Rien ne va plus…
(If weather allows…)
Next February 3rd (Sunday) you’re invited to discover -from different approaches- one of the most beautiful, historical and visited towns -and its surroundings- nearby Madrid: Alcala de Henares (the ancient Roman city of "Complvtvm", the Muslim fortress of "Alkal’a Nahar"), place of birth Protected content Miguel de Cervantes, “principe” of the Spanish language as author of one of the finest works of literature in the world: the immortal jewel masterpiece of "El Quijote" Protected content .
We’ll enjoy of an easygoing and beautiful hiking path through the natural park of "Los Cerros" till the ancient Muslim fortress (X c.), a superb lunch with selected dishes ("raciones") from the traditional high quality Castellan cuisine (see below) and a pleasant sightseeing tour along the Renaissance-Baroque awesome historic city centre (ancient University of Alcala, Cervantes Square, Archiepiscopal Palace…), including a guided visit to the Cervantes’ birth house. So, here is the…
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---“LOS CERROS” NATURAL PARK Protected content 3h15’ (round-trip to the Muslim fortress of "Alkak’a Nahar", also known as “Alcala la Vieja”/”The Old Alcala”) walking and breathing clean air between “cerros” (small mounts), pine forests, caves, stork’s nests and even -on the return route- moving along the right bank of the Henares, walking by a narrow -but enough safe- “hanging” path over the course of the river.
[despite the path presents an easy drawing, please don’t forget we’ll walk outdoor on dirt track, so come enough well equipped for wintry purpose: mountain/sport shoes, warm clothes, some water/light food if necessary…]
---LUNCH AT “LA CASA VIEJA”/”THE OLD HOUSE” Protected content You’ll have 2h (free time) to enjoy the varied and delicious gastronomic offer of Alcala, but for this special day I strongly recommend (OPTIONAL) a restaurant for lovers of the traditional and categorical typical and formerly cuisine of these historical lands: “La Casa Vieja”, placed nearby the famous and stunning Plaza de las Bernardas into an ancient house with traditional furniture/decoration, where you’ll taste an assortment of luscious dishes (“raciones”) like migas ilustradas, homemade croquettes, torreznos (Spanish “energy light little bars”…), callos, piquillo peppers, morteruelo, mollejas, etc., and as dessert a typical sweet from Alcala, the famous “costrada”; all washed down with a recommended Castellan white/red wine + mineral water&coffee (included).
Price: 25€/pax (approx.)
[we’ll be in a private dining group only for us]
[deadline to confirm our reserve: January 30th (Wed.); if you’re interested in, please tell me about before this date]
[if you’ve any special need about your meal (vegetarian, gluten intolerance, other), please let me know it with enough time for try to resolve]
---VISITING CERVANTES’ BIRTH HOUSE Protected content Finally, we’ll go to the Cervantes’ birth house-museum for a guided visit (for free, in Spanish), wich will plunge us into a little travel back in time to a particular fragment of a daily living house during the Spanish Golden Century (XVI-XVII), period in which lived one of the most renowned universal writer of all times. “End of tour and our services.”
HENCEFORTH, you’re free to continue discovering the interesting historic city centre of Alcala, walking along and visiting places like the University of Alcala ("La Docta", founded in Protected content the all powerful Cardinal Cisneros: Archbishop of Toledo, Regent of the Kingdom of Castile and confessor of H. M. Isabel I, "The Catholic Queen"), the Plaza de las Bernardas, the Corral de Comedias, the Archaeological Museum or, simply, taking a coffee in the pleasant Cervantes' Square.
LAST SUBURBAN TRAIN to Madrid at 23:24h.
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