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Day Trip to Alcala “the Cervantes Festival”

10 October 2022 @9:00 am - 3:00 pm

10 October 2022 @ 9:00 am 3:00 pm

Our fellow member Elaine Samson and INC is organising a Day Trip excursion to the Mercado Cervantino/Cervantes Festival in Alcala de Henares.

The Medieval Market is HUGE, the largest in Spain, with hundreds of vendors selling all kinds of Spanish products – great for gifts. The streets are decorated in 16th and 17th century style. Don Quixote, Sancho Panza and friends make periodic parades through the streets.

There is theatre, music, dance, games, medieval jousting, snake charmers (!), artesania workshops, and more. You can visit the Cervantes Museum and other sites. And the restaurants set up in Plaza Cervantes are incredible! Asadores with all kinds of meat, sausages, fish – you name it, with lots of table set up to sit with friends.

We plan to travel the short distance by train (details will come soon), wander around the market stalls, and have lunch together. Everyone can arrange their own return time, but plan for a day from about 9am until 3 or 4pm.

Elaine Samson and Activities Team

Transportation:  Asla InterUrbano Bus 223 leaves the Intercambiador de Avenida de America (the big metro & bus station) about every 15 minutes from Isla 2 on level -2, Platform 7.  Tickets are 3,60 and you pay on the bus.  (Bring change/small bills to pay.) It only takes about 25 mins and the bus stop is on Via Complutense, close to the historic area we want to go to.  

We can meet on Platform 7 at 9:00am.

Activity Details: In addition to the medieval market, there is an Book Fair going on with 40-50 stalls, with many books themed on Cervantes.  The Cervantes Birthplace Museum/Casa Natal de Cervantes is free and will be open, but staff suggested you go early before the crowds are too big.  We will stroll down the Calle de Libreros/Calle Mayor looking at all the stores and market stalls under the medieval arcades. There are many side streets to explore independently as well as the Cathedral, Tourist Office and Capilla del Oidor Museum.

Most of the large restaurants will have spots in the Plaza de Cervantes, and we will meet in the center of the plaza by the Cervantes statue at 13:00.  People can continue shopping after lunch or head back to Madrid.


Please RSVP / questions to Elaine Samson at esamson07@yahoo.com