Guadalajara and Alcalá de Henares are two very interesting cities located nearby Madrid. Alcalá de Henares belongs to the community of Madrid, while Guadalajara belongs to Castille La Mancha. Both cities are great options to visit from the Parador de Alcalá de Henares and to discover the cultural and historical monuments and sights they offer.
The Parador de Alcalá de Henares, will provide everything you need and more to make your experience around Alcalá and Gualajara an ideal one. This hotel is a 17th century monastery school and student lodgings located in the former San Jerónimo college, where tradition and modernity merge perfectly creating an ideal ambiance. With modern decoration, a business and convention center, comfortable guest rooms, a swimming pool and a relaxing spa, this Parador is ideal for every type of tourism in the surroundings of Madrid.
Cultural Alcalá de Henares
Alcalá de Henares is the birthplace of Cervantes, and as such, is a city filled with culture and history that ou shouldn't miss visiting. Alcalá offers many interesting attractions and sights that you can visit walking-distance from the amazing Parador. Start discovering!
The Cervantes square is the main meeting-point of Alcalá de Henares, in here you will find the emblematic statue of Cervantes, the Corral de Comedias, the tower of Santa María, the town hall, a beautiful garden and more. This square is the ideal starting point to discover Alcalá de Henares.
Really close to the Cervantes Square you will find the Colegio Mayor de San Ildefonso, created by the Cisneros Cardenal and built between the XI and XVI centuries.It's worth to admire this building from the outside and the inside, so you can get to know the importance of the university in this town. This building, is also the host of the Cervantes Award Ceremony, where the Premio de Cervantes, a prize for literature in Spanish is awarded.
The Corral de Comedias is one of the most interesting spots in Alcalá de Henares, where you will get to know the history and evolution of theatre. You can visit this place by assisting to a play or by taking the guided tour.
A must-do in Alcalá de Henares is stroll through the Calle Mayor from beginning to end. Besides, don´t miss to visit the Birthplace of Cervantes, where you will be able to explore the house where the famous Spanish writer, Miguel Cervantes, was born and raised.
Only 30km away from the Parador de Alcalá de Henares you will find historic Guadalajara, a city of Castilla La Mancha that merges history with modernity and active life. Besides the city, the exquisite gastronomy will make you fall in love. Come, discover and taste Guadalajara!
- The Palace of the Infantado is probably the most emblematic building of Guadalajara and it should be the main spot of your trip. It was built in a gothic style in the XV century, demanded by the second duke of the Infantado. Today, it is the house of the Museum of Guadalajara and a beautiful building worth visiting and spending some time at the gardens.
- The Pantheon of Guadalajara or also called Pantheon of the countess of La Vega del Pozo and duchess of El Sevillano is another of the must-stops in Guadalajara. It was built in the XIX century with a mixture of different art styles.
- Other sights that deserve to be visited in Guadalajara include the Palace of la Cotilla and the Chinese Room, the Royal Alcazar of Guadalajara, the Palace of Antonio de Mendoza and old Convent of La Piedad and more.
What do you feel about getting immersed in history and culture in the awesome cities of Alcalá de Henares and Guadalajara? Don´t hesitate, book now at the Parador de Alcalá de Henares and start discovering Spain.