Alcalá de Henares
is located in the Autonomous Community of Madrid, 35 kilometres northeast of the city of Madrid
, where Miguel de Cervantes was born. Famous writer by his novel Don Quixote. On October 09th, the city celebrates his birthday and organizes an annual Cervantes Festival. It was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO
in 1998, is one of the most beautiful and best preserved in Europe.
The centre of the city remains essentially medieval, with many winding cobbled streets, and many historic buildings. Other outstanding feature is The Universidad Complutense, one of the oldest universities in the world, was founded by King Sancho IV of Castile and was granted by Cardenal Cisneros in 1499.
Quickly gained international fame as a main centre of learning and is the major landmark and greatest pride of the city. That is the reason which Alcalá hosts a large population of international students due to the presence of the University, and in particular its Spanish language and literature programs for foreign students.
Among its many monuments, we suggest that you visit the Archbishop's Palace, the Gothic Cathedral and the University.
Alcalá de Henares can be reached easily, thanks to its extensive network access by road and by train.