Day 1: Alcalá de Henares

Let me start with a bit of history of Alcalá de Henares.

Alcalá de Henares has important archeological remains which testify the presence of different people and cultures in the city. Its foundation can be traced back to the old Celt-Iberian town of Ikesancom Kombouto. The Romans called it Complutum; hence the name given to the natives of this city, Complutenses. When the Moslems invaded and became fortress known as “Al Qal’at Wadil-hiyara, from which the city inherits its current denomination.

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YAY! I’ve reached Alcalá de Henares! *Jumps for joy* 😀

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The lobby at Parador De Alcalá de Henares
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A sweet treat at the lobby of Parador De Alcalá de Henares

The rooms of this new Parador have been designed thinking of guest’s comfort, creating a cosy and bright atmosphere in perfect contrast with the monumentality of the concent, the history of the 17th century workshops and the most up-to-date modernity of the rooms which extend below the magic of  a crafted garden. 

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 The Parador de Alcalá de Henares is situated in the heart of the historic city centre of Alcalá alongside the emblematic Plaza Cervantes and the Cisneriana University; surrounded by ancient university colleges which give the street it is located on its name. The Barajas Airport and the capital’s fairgrounds are located just 20km away.

Address: Paradores De Alcalá de Henares Henares, Colegio, 8 y 10 – 28801 Alcalá de Henares (Madrid)

The streets of Alcalá de Henares

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Calle Mayor (main street). The longest porticoes street in Spain, Centre of the old Jewry (within buildings constructed between the 1st and the 19th centuries can be found). Wothe a mention is the Museum Casa Natal (birthplace) of Cervantes and the hospital of Our Lady of Mercy, or Antezana, the oldest in Europe, which has been operating since 1483.

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I will share in more details about the streets of Alcalá de Henares on my next post – 2/7 Alcalá de Henares.

Lunch at Plademunt – El Restaurante Imaginario

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A different place, a unique concept in the world of the kitchen in the center of Alcalá de Henares by Ivan Plademunt.

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Beer cibeles – smooth and light, taste sweet after tapas
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Atascaburras – mash potato with garlic, boiled egg and walnut
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Migas – bread crumbs with capsicums and large grape to balance the oiliness
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Pintxos – chili olives, anchovies

DSC07470 (1280x851)Address: Restaurante Plademunt. El restaurante Imaginario. Calle Francisco Díaz, 1, 28801 Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain

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Cherry blossom trees on the way back to Parador de Alcalá de Henares

A tour around Parador de Alcalá de Henares

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Rooftop garden at Parador de Alcalá de Henares

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 The Spa at Parador de Alcalá de Henares

Unique moments to discover the pleasures of water, to let my mind and body relax in a unique environment, in the vaults of an ancient church. Stay in a convent while enjoying a 21st century spa.

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Dinner at El Restaurante La Hostería del Estudiante

The Parador offers a varied and attractive gastronomic selection at the Hostería del Estudiante one can enjoy the most traditional and emblematic cuisine of Paradores, with allusions to Cervantine cuisine. The Parador restaurant offers a high-quality and modern gastronomy in line with the modern nature of the building.

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 Set in a seventeenth-century building College-old Dominican convent of Santo Tomas. The student lodge with traditional furnishings typical Castilian , is known for great local cuisine in Alcalá de Henares.

What a great way to end the day!

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