Alcalá de Henares The city of Cervantes Alcalá de Henares (Community of Madrid) Madrid Region Home Destinations Max 10ºC / Min -6ºC Alcalá de Henares was the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, author of the world-famous “Don Quixote”, and you can visit the house he was born in, which is now a museum.
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Alcalá de Henares History Sightseeing Tradition and food Getting there The Romans founded a town they called Complutum, about 2km from today’s Alcalá de Henares. It was one of the most important Roman settlements in the Iberian Peninsula, as attested by the archaeological evidence that has come down to us.
Alcalá de Henares, city, Madrid provincia (province) and comunidad autónoma (autonomous community), central Spain. Known under the Romans as Complutum, the city was destroyed in ad 1000 and rebuilt in 1038 by the Moors, who called it Al-Qalʿah al-Nahr.
The historical centre of Alcalá de Henares is a Unesco World Heritage Site and is a lovely place to stroll around. One of the city’s most picturesque streets is its Calle Mayor; originally designed in the 12th century. The street is lined with porticos with 18th-century pillars and is home to many shops, bakeries and restaurants.
Alcalá de Henares Main Street Alcalá de Henares Home Art and culture This street, which begins at the church of Santos Niños, was conceived as a major artery in the 12th century. As it was then, it is now still a busy commercial area. Along the street we see porches that are supported by 19th-century pillars.