What to see in Alcalá de Henares

Alcalá de Henares it is known for its wealth and variety of buildings of historical value. In fact, its name comes from the meaning "castle on the river Henares" and hence the city's coat of arms floats on some odes of water that simulate this river. 22 Anniversaries celebrate this year the city declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, thanks to the birthplace of Cervantes, Crucible of the three cultures and place where Christopher Columbus met before leaving for America. So many stories and monuments keep this city that deserves to highlight the most important ones to visit it and enjoy a unique experience.

University of Alcalá

University of Alcalá de Henares

University of Alcalá de Henares

If we had to choose to visit a single monument it would be this, since it is one of the most significant in the city. The main building of the university education receives the name of "Colegio de San Ildefonso". It was founded by Cardinal Cisnero in 1499 gaining crucial importance for the claim of the city and worth visiting, even if it has a cost of 4 euros. As you can see, its facade is spectacular and you can also visit the Paraninfo (University Theater).

Cervantes Square

Cervantes Square

Cervantes Square

Alcalá de Henares, Of course, treasures many honors to Miguel de Cervantes, writer and fundamental piece in the history of the city. The Plaza de Cervantes is the old Market Square, where many years ago it was marketed during the days for it and that also served as a location to fight and settle the patron saint festivals and fairs. Very close to the square, to the left are the ruins of the old parish where the writer was baptized, since it should be remembered that Miguel de Cervantes was born and lived his early years in Alcalá de Henares, that is why there is a sculpture of him in the center of the square. For everyone it is the epicenter of the city since the medieval walls were demolished.

Casa Natal de Cervantes

Casa Natal de Cervantes

Casa Natal de Cervantes

Continuing with the illustrious writer, we can also visit your home, the Birthplace of Cervantes. Although other cities discuss whether it was this city where the writer was born, on the main street, currently Museum of the Autonomous Community of Madrid. Despite its facade, it has a colloquial aspect, its interior is impressive. The museum also has an important bibliographic collection of Cervantes editions from various eras and languages.

Corral de Comedias

Corral de Comedias Theater

Corral de Comedias Theater

Unnoticed by many tourists, the city's Corral de Comedias is one of the oldest in Europe. It is in operation, even though it was about to be collapsed. It was even a Romanesque theater, movie theater and colosseum. It was created by the architect Francisco Sánchez with a Renaissance and neoclassic architectural style with a capacity for 2201 people. His trajectory amounts to 419 years since its opening was in 1602.

Cathedral of the Holy Children

Cathedral of the Holy Children

Cathedral of the Holy Children

In this square, according to the tradition, Santos Niños Justo and Pastor were executed for defending Christianity, where a chapel was built to house his remains. In this very place, years later, the current Cathedral-Magistral de los Santos Niños was built.

The reason for the name of the Magistral title (there are only two in the world) corresponds to the fact that all its canons were doctors in theology thanks to the fact that the University was also in Alcalá.

Archbishop's palace

Archbishop's palace

Archbishop's palace

It is a fortress palace located in the historic center of the city. It is currently the seat of the Diocese of Alcalá de Henares. It is located in the Palace Square and is part of the monumental complex declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. It caught fire after the Civil War destroying the General State Archive.

After passing through all the historical monuments of the city, in Alcalá de Henares also noted for its excellent gastronomy and one of the restaurants that best honors it is Scorching restaurant Casa Benito with a supreme cuisine in dishes of the area and treasures a grilled meat of its own breeding both the yearling veal and the Iberian field bait pig.

Scorching Casa Benito Restaurant

Scorching Casa Benito Restaurant

RESERVATIONS

How to order at Casa Benito Scorching restaurant

The pandemic caused this year by Covid-19 has caused the hospitality sector to have the need to reinvent itself once again and develop other work tools that maintain the restoration due to the restrictions that this sector suffers, And ultimately, society, such as the curfew or even the prohibition of performing services in the same restaurant in a traditional way with the setting at the table or the limitation of capacity, among other measures.

Scorching food comes to your home

Scorching food comes to your home

All these measures have triggered most of the restaurants to join the initiative to place take-out or even deliver orders, and at Scorching Casa Benito restaurant we have adapted to this unusual scenario by placing take-away orders.. So that you can taste our most special and traditional dishes of the restaurant with specialty in grilled meat, you just have to place your order on our website, Scorching App or by phone.

From our application, you can pay to increase prevention measures against Covid-19

From our application you can pay and place orders to increase prevention measures against Covid-19

Some of the starters of Scorching Casa Benito

Some of the starters of Scorching Casa Benito

 

further, in Scorching restaurant Casa Benito We want to help you all in this difficult situation and we have launched a promotional code for your take-away orders and give you a plate of Iberian ham from own aging Scorching. At the end of the purchase you must enter or redeem our coupon code CASABENITO (All together) In order to take you a free plate of Iberian ham for placing your order with us to take home the starters, most special dishes and desserts and enjoy it at home with an unbeatable company like family.

Scorching Promotional Code Casa Benito

Scorching Promotional Code Casa Benito

We have all the dishes available that you could enjoy with us in the restaurant so that you can add it to the cart and take it home. From our most traditional and tasty salads such as pickled pistachio salad with Iberian bacon to our most loved starters by all of you such as fried eggs with Iberian shoulder.

Scorching orders Casa Benito

Scorching orders Casa Benito

We could not miss our pieces of grilled meat from our own breeding, both yearling veal and Iberian field bait pork. Our grilled pork tenderloin or grilled Iberian pork (250gr) you can take it home and taste it as if you were in the restaurant.

Scorching Starters Casa Benito

Scorching Starters Casa Benito

But how can I take the dishes from Scorching restaurant Casa Benito?

With this illustrative video we wanted to facilitate the task of placing orders to take to each client and to help them how to place the order and redeem the restaurant's promotional code and thus take advantage of the promotion of acquiring the gift of a plate of Iberian ham.

In this brand new Scorching service you are fully informed of your order, both the price of the dishes and total, like the pick-up time slot at your scorching restaurant in the city you live in. further, You can also check the location of the restaurant to avoid loss with your GPS. Even some of the partner restaurants can take this food to your home.

 

The gastronomy of Alcalá de Henares, a footprint of Don Quixote

The gastronomy of Alcalá de Henares is characterized by bringing back memories of culinary allusions of El Quijote. Dishes like garlic soups, Manchegas migas with chorizo ​​or fried eggs, and a variety of dishes prepared with fresh vegetables from the Vega del Henares, in addition to the tastiest roasts of lamb and kid, or baked fish such as sea bream or sea bass.

This kitchen in Alcalá de Henares is one of the most complete, rich and varied in the Community of Madrid. A wealth that has its roots in the Spain of the Golden Age, from the writer Miguel de Cervantes. There is no better place to enjoy an evocative and unique cuisine like the streets of Complutenses, full of history and places that have deserved to be recognized as a World Heritage Site.

Alcalaínos duels and losses

In place of the spot, whose name I don't want to remember, not long ago that a nobleman of the spears lived in the shipyard, Old widget, skinny nag and greyhound runner. A pot of something more cow than ram, splash the nights, duels and losses on Saturdays ... In this way, this well-known dish was mentioned as "Merced de Dios" because it was considered that it could not be absent in any house no matter how poor it was. Ingredients for four people: 3 eggs, 100 grams of pork belly, Ham and mince, Lamb brains, Olive oil, 1 tablespoon vinegar, will, pepper and a bay leaf.

Duels and losses

Oil and Gas

Rondeñas dish migas
Oil and Gas, the traditional dish of La Mancha

Elaboration of peasant origin that spread in such a way throughout the country that it ended up giving multiple variants according to the regions. In Alcalá it is prepared in the same way as in La Mancha, with settled bread, finely cut, bacon, paprika and garlic.

Bread has been a staple food for the population since time immemorial and wasting it a real crime. Hence, even being hard, they will always look for a way to take advantage of it in some of the meals. It began by gilding it with garlic and lamb fat. After the discovery of America, along with gold and other precious metals, many new products unknown to Europeans began to arrive on the Peninsula, including paprika.

In the time of Cervantes, this ingredient gave its personal touch to our foods such as chorizo ​​or loin., and it served to give personality and its characteristic coloring to our crumbs.

Some deeply rooted customs in Alcalá remain today, like the chocolate snack with crumbs and croutons. Regarding desserts and pastries, include the crusted, the convent sweets and the excellent caramelised almonds, the tiles of Alcalá, two specialties that you can enjoy.

Crusted

Crusted

The crust of Alcalá is a traditional dessert of Alcalá de Henares (Spain). It consists of several layers of puff pastry, custard cream, meringue and almond. It was created in the 19th century by the confectioners Salinas, former royal pastry chefs. It is an emblematic sweet of the city.

Donuts from Alcalá

Donuts

On his way through Alcalá de Henares, It seems essential to try the Caramelised Almonds, the Rosquillas de Alcalá and the crusted cakes, invented by confectioners Salinas, former royal pastry chefs. Some of these recipes can be found daily in the main restaurants of the city, like the Scorching Casa Benito restaurant.

But nevertheless, is in its two annual gastronomic events, the Gastronomic Week and the Cervantine Gastronomic Days in October, when the visitor has more opportunities to try recipes such as 'the kid from the island', ‘Dorotea's stewed meat’, 'Quail in old wine' or 'the shepherd rabbit'. further, in this restaurant, you can taste products such as Iberian, sheep's cheeses, accompanied by a glass of wine.

Scorching Casa Benito, a reference restaurant in the city and the Community of Madrid, where you can make a stop and eat a top quality grilled meat and own breeding such as yearn beef, like the Entrecot; and the Iberian field bait pig, tenderloin. It is an idyllic restaurant also to visit the most outstanding monuments and curiosities of the city.

Grilled meat restaurant to eat in Alcala de Henares

Interview with Ricardo Calvo Merino from Scorching Restaurant Casa Benito de Alcala de Henares, associated for 12 years with Scorching Group specialized in Grilled Meats.

Alcalá de Henares, Cervantes root

For Alcalá de Henares, Miguel de Cervantes has been very important during past and present. In 1547 He was born in a house number two street from image, Miguel de Cervantes. Despite that four years, the writer He left the city, the relationship with it has always been strong and deep. Thanks to the ingenious research chronicler M. Vicente Sanchez Moltó It showed that the birth of Cervantes in Alcalá was no coincidence and it is why we say Alcala de Henares is talking about culture.

Cervantes Birthplace Museum

So much so that the house where the writer lived has become a museum in his honor and long career that has led to enormous prestige city cultural. Casa Natal Museum is a building that reconstructs the building where, According to studies by historian Luis Marin Astrana,born writer Miguel de Cervantes. It is situated on the High Street, next to the Hospital de Antezana. The present building was built in 1956, evoking the canons of the house Traditional Castilian-toledana.

A city 2.000 years of history, whose origin is in the old Complutum Roman. Walking the streets that gave birth to Miguel de Cervantes, the author the immortal “Don Quijote of La Mancha”, also you discover a spectacular monuments.

One of the main squares of Alcala de Henares, Plaza de Cervantes

But Miguel de Cervantes is, the author of “Don Quijote of La Mancha”, a of the most important works of world literature, who has larger footprint left in Alcala de Henares. You will feel his presence in almost every corner of the city. His memory and his legacy continue today very much alive, not only at home native, now a museum, but also in the cultural agenda location, and other landmarks such as the Teatro Cervantes, where I know is the oldest comedies corral Europe.

Teatro Cervantes Hall
Inside the Teatro Cervantes Hall

A fun way, original and different approach to Alcalá is by Cervantes Train. It works in spring and autumn, part of the station Atocha and, during the journey, a group of actors dressed in period represents fragments of some works of Miguel de Cervantes. The flight attendants on the trip distributed sweets in Alcalá de Henares. After visiting the city with a group of professional guides, It begins the way back to Madrid in same train, where a book of Don Quixote is drawn.

Michael Alcalá de Cervantes mentions in several of his works ("The illustrious mop", "The Colloquium of the dogs"), but especially in "La Galatea", that elapses in the environment of the river Henares. And reminisces a little-known legend complutense Chapter XXIX of the first part of Don Quixote.  Such is the depth of the writer with the city which it has a statue in his honor to remember that it was born the greatest writer in the Spanish language all the time and more international ambassador and author of the second book most widely read literary worldwide.

Statue of Miguel de Cervantes

Alcala de Henares is also a superb restaurant, Scorching Casa Benito, specializing in grilled meats own parenting Anoja both beef and Iberian pork bait field, highlighting its lamb. further, also it features homemade dishes, whether porridge, calluses, White beans, cooked or famous omelette. Dishes that will make you enjoy the best of the local cuisine. In this sense, Ricardo and Marivi brothers offer their good work for more than 40 years. Its friendly service and large room and terrace Restaurant, plus the area tapa, They are a great choice for celebrations, business meals or to enjoy a good grilled meat in Alcala de Henares. Especially, Anoja tenderloin grilled or barbecued beef own upbringing are some of the most popular dishes for diners Madrid.