Day Tour to Alcalá De Henares from Madrid | Alcalá De Henares private excursion
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Day Tour to Alcalá De Henares from Madrid | Alcalá De Henares private excursion
The Private Tour to Alcalá de Henares is an excursion in a high-end private vehicle to the so-called “City of Miguel de Cervantes,” Alcalá de Henares.
On this private tour, our driver will pick you up at your hotel/apartment/home and drive you to the UNESCO World Heritage City. Once there, an expert guide will show you the main locations of this great city, specially designed and built as the headquarters of a university, where the most notable linguistic advances in Spanish literature were developed.
In addition to the university as the main location, you can also visit other places also linked to Miguel de Cervantes, such as his house, or learn about various curiosities of his greatest artistic work “The ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote de La Mancha.”
Discover the stories, legends and most emblematic corners of Alcalá de Henares in a high-end private car with our expert guides!
Personalized tour according to the expert tour guide (always a tour that covers, in the most convenient order to maximize the time of the visit, the most important points of Alcalá De Henares), as well as open to suggestions and requests from customers.
PricingAlcalá De Henares private excursion
1 to 2 people (Half day) €699
1 to 2 people (Full day) €901
3 to 6 people (Half day) € 758
3 to 6 people (Full day) €988
7 people (Half day) €795
7 people (Full day) €1,179
Extra hour €157
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Alcalá De Henares Day Trip from Madrid: Top Things to See, Do, Buy, & Eat
Private Excursion to Alcalá de Henares from Madrid by VIP Car (or Mercedes Vito Van, Minibus, or Premium Bus) is a full-day private tour departing from any point in Madrid in a high-end private vehicle.
Its name means “castle over the Henares River,” which is why a castle appears on the coat of arms over waves of water that simulate the Henares River. Several cultures have passed through the city, three of which coexisted simultaneously.
How to get to Alcalá de Henares from Madrid?
Alcalá de Henares is a city located in the community of Madrid, Spain. It is situated approximately 35 kilometers northeast of the capital city, Madrid.
The city of Cervantes and one of the most important universities in Spain is very well located. It is located about 35 kilometers west of Madrid and 25 kilometers from the city of Guadalajara, in the region of Castilla-La Mancha. Additionally, it is only 15 kilometers away from Barajas Airport.
To reach Alcalá de Henares by road, you need to follow the Autovía del Nordeste or A-2, which is also used to travel from Madrid to Barcelona.
The journey from Madrid to Alcalá de Henares by car takes about 40-50 minutes, depending on traffic.
Just like Segovia, Toledo, El Escorial, or Ávila, Alcalá is perfect for a day trip from the capital. It is beautiful and interesting, well-connected, and, due to its size, you can visit the main tourist spots in a day and by walking.
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Must see places when visiting Alcalá de Henares
When visiting Alcalá de Henares, there are several must-see places that showcase the city’s rich history and cultural significance. Here are some of the top attractions to explore:
- Cervantes Birthplace Museum: Start your visit at the Casa Natal de Cervantes, the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, the famous Spanish writer. The museum offers insights into Cervantes’ life and works and provides a glimpse into the 16th-century living conditions.
- Alcalá Cathedral: Visit the Catedral de los Santos Niños Justo y Pastor, the city’s cathedral. It features a mix of architectural styles, including Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque. The interior is adorned with beautiful artwork and religious relics.
- University of Alcalá: Explore the prestigious University of Alcalá, founded in 1499. Visit the historical buildings, such as the Colegio de San Ildefonso, which houses a magnificent plateresque facade and the Paraninfo, a grand hall used for important university events.
- Plaza de Cervantes: Head to the Plaza de Cervantes, the main square of Alcalá de Henares. It is a lively gathering spot surrounded by charming cafes, restaurants, and historical buildings. The square also features a statue of Cervantes.
- Corral de Comedias: Step into the Corral de Comedias, a well-preserved 17th-century theater. It is one of the oldest theaters in Europe and hosts various theatrical performances and cultural events.
- Archbishop’s Palace: Visit the Palacio Arzobispal, a majestic palace with a beautiful courtyard and gardens. It serves as the residence of the Archbishop of Alcalá de Henares and is an architectural gem worth exploring.
- Alcalá’s Walls: Take a walk along the remnants of the ancient city walls of Alcalá de Henares. These well-preserved walls offer glimpses into the city’s past and provide a unique perspective on its historical defense structures.
- Regional Archaeological Museum: Delve into the region’s history at the Museo Arqueológico Regional, which showcases archaeological artifacts from different periods, including Roman, Visigothic, and Islamic eras.
These are just a few highlights of Alcalá de Henares, a city brimming with historical and cultural treasures. Exploring its streets, squares, and museums will offer a deeper understanding of its significance as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its contribution to literature and education.
What to eat in Alcalá de Henares?
The gastronomy of Alcalá de Henares is characterized by bringing culinary references from El Quijote to mind. Dishes such as garlic soup, Manchego-style migas with chorizo or fried eggs, and a variety of dishes prepared with fresh vegetables from the Henares River valley, as well as the most delicious roasted lamb and kid, or oven-baked fish like bream or sea bass.
The cuisine of Alcalá de Henares is one of the most complete, rich, and varied in the Community of Madrid. Its richness can be traced back to Spain’s Golden Age, the era of writer Miguel de Cervantes. There is no better place to enjoy an evocative and unique cuisine than the streets of Alcalá, filled with history and places that have deservedly been recognized as World Heritage sites.
Best restaurants in Alcalá de Henares
- Martilota: It is characterized by offering a daring and innovative proposal of Mediterranean cuisine. Some of its standout dishes are rice dishes, octopus salad, their truffle and cabrales cheese omelettes, cuttlefish, and cheek ravioli. You’ll have a hard time deciding once you see the rest of their menu. Address: Plaza de la Paloma, 28801 Alcalá de Henares.
- Rayuela: You have to try starters like cochinita pibil tacos, vegetable tempura, or langoustines in phyllo dough with soy sauce. The main courses are also delicious, some examples include wild sea bass fillet, grilled ribs, or beef burger. Address: Calle Carmen Calzado, 15, 28801 Alcalá de Henares.
- Ébano Gastro Experience: To give you some examples of dishes from their menu, among the most striking options, you can find cod fritters, fried artichokes with León cured beef, grilled duck gyoza, or steak tartare with foie gras. For us, ordering à la carte at this restaurant is a highly recommended option if you’re accompanied by a group of friends or family and want to share several dishes. Their cocktails are also a specialty and not to be missed, you can enjoy them during the after-meal time. Address: Calle San Diego, 5, 28801 Alcalá de Henares.
- Plademunt: We warn you that their menu is so impressive that it will be difficult to choose just a few dishes, as they are all very tempting. Red tuna loin, Galician beef tenderloin, socarrat with octopus, and Mexican-style avocado are among our list of must-try dishes at Plademunt. Address: Calle Francisco Díaz, 1, 28801 Alcalá de Henares.