Alcalá preserves one of the first and oldest university campuses of the European Renaissance. We have the opportunity to visit the interior of the Rectorate, only allowed with pre booking, a jewel of the Spanish Renaissance, its university courtyards and the Cisneros Chapel.
Our walk will continue through the old town with the medieval Mayor Street and Cervantes Sq, the College buildings from the golden age of the Complutense University. It was also a king of “vacation retreat” of the powerful Archbishop of Toledo, hence the imposing fortified palace.
We cannot leave aside a brief visit to the regional archaeological museum, with mainly Roman remains, mosaics rescued from Complutum, the most important Roman city in the Community of Madrid.
And it is in Alcalá that is the place where our most universal writer was born: Miguel de Cervantes: We will be able to enter the writer’s birthplace, a very good reconstruction of a 16th-17th century house, and learn a lot of anecdotes from everyday life in the Spanish Golden Age
As a culmination we propose you to discover a “fairly tale palace” that we love: the Laredo Palace, today the Cisneros Studies Center: A wonderful neo-Mudejar construction, a mix of of Islamic and Gothic elements with original remains from medieval times, so popular in the second half of the 19th century.
During the cultural visit, of course we take a break in a local café according to availability.