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An insider’s guide for what to do in Alcalá de Henares

There are so many intriguing places in Alcalá de Henares. We have tried to sum up a few of the ones we like the best so that you can spend a marvelous few days in Alcalá and visit the most interesting places. 


   The first day of the week is the toughest, and for that reason, the best way to start the day is to regain your stamina with a good dose of hot chocolate with churros. For 1,75 you can enjoy this delight at the churrería Cibeles (very close to  the school) or at  Mailu (Plaza Cervantes). Also there is nothing better than going for some tapas before lunch, we recommend going to either La Taberna de Rusty (1’85 €) or Hidalgo (1 € la caña) in the city center. This last place has a great tapa called "majada de atún con tomate" which is finger licking good.

Tuesday   Tuesday is a good day to visit the museums in the city, because Monday they are all closed. You simply must visit the Museum home of Miguel de Cervantes. You will see there a large collection of bibliographic references about his work: El Quijote. Leaving the museum you can go shopping right there on Calle Mayor or visit one of the Shopping centers: El Corte Inglés (bus line 11), El Centro Comercial El Val  and Alcampo (bus line 5).


   There are a multitude of restaurants in this city, but if you want to savor the best steak you should go to the Fogón de Amós (Calle Rico Home). If you love roast chicken you can't miss El Pollo de Alcalá (Vía Complutense)

   Wednesday is also the day when movie theaters offer discounts on the price of your ticket. There are 3 theaters in Alcala: one at the Plaza Los Santos Niños, another at the shopping center El Val and a third at La Dehesa Centro Comercial. After enjoying a film there is nothing better than going to dinner at a typical mesón : Las Cuevas de Rocinante on Calle Mayor, where you'll find red checked table cloths, a variety of raciónes, the best coffee made in a puchero and fresh baked bread.


   You could go to have a beer at the new bar in Alcalá: La Amstelería (on Calle Mayor).  You can literally serve yourself because there is a beer tap at each table. 6 € a liter of beer includes a tapa. 
To keep yourself fit after all this eating, you can go to play soccer at the sports center: Polideportivo El Val. If you've still got energy you can go out to a dance place at night, such as the famous and popular
Gabana where groups of foreign students gather.


   Thank God it's Friday! After classes are over students and professors go to La Media Pinta a bar near the school where you can have some tapas. For 2 euros you can have a beer and some potatoes accompanied by a variety of 4 different sauces. Follow up with a nice walk through the city center to Calle Mayor. Recommended for lunch is Tapelía (calle Ramón y Cajal) where you can choose from a variety of typical rice dishes and paellas, or Tony Romas (Calle Tinte)  where you can enjoy delicious ribs. If you're not yet ready to go home, you can continue the fun singing at the karaoke at  La Champanería (Boisán neighborhood).

   On the weekends you can find a mix a people at the bars and dance places of the city. There is an area of town called La Zona which is the are where you find the most frequented bars and dance places. It is located in the historic city center near calle Vqueras, Rico Homme, etc. There you can have a few drinks, try some tapas, and play a game of table top soccer or darts.


Many Saturdays you can enjoy a concert at the  Municipal Auditorium or at the discoteque MAH (on Calle Beatriz Galindo). It's great to try going to the Indalo  for their tapa of paella with your drink for 1,65 €. In the afternoon at the Cuevas de Antolín you can have various raciones for 6 €, such as sausage and potatoes, calamar, croquetas, and more. At night your best choice is La Zona.


 If the weekend has been nonstop, this is the day to step back and relax a bit. You can have an ice cream at the Plaza Cervantes while enjoying the sun, or a milk shake at la Tertulia or a coffe at  bar Continental or Hemisferio (all found on or near Calle Mayor). You can also take a stroll down Calle Mayor and browse the improvised Sunday market selling all types of things including earing, jewlery, clothes, books.

All week long there are expositions of art at the Casa de la Entrevista (plaza Santos Niños) or Capilla del Oidor (Plza Cervantes) which are free to the public. Also some bars and coffee shops also have art expositions such as  La Galería (Calle San Felipe Neri) 









If you are in Alcalá in warm weather you can take advantage of the many green areas of the city, for example spending a day with friends outdoors. The best places for this are Parque natural and La Chopera (towards Gurugú) where you can prepare your own barbecue even.





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