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 most illustrious characters of Alcalá de Henares

Alcalá de Henares is a municipality in Madrid that has always had a lot of history, especially literary in the Golden Age, spanning two aesthetic periods, corresponding to the Renaissance of the 16th century (Catholic kings, Carlos I and Felipe II), and the Baroque of the seventeenth century (Philip III, Felipe IV and Carlos II). Visiting the city of Alcalá de Henares is much more than a journey through an environment surrounded by monuments.

We are presented with a city full of elements to see, since Celtiberian cultures, Romanian, Visigoth and Muslim left their mark through each of their squares, streets, corners and corners. In fact, Alcalá de Henares has been the birthplace, death, passage or destiny of hundreds of thousands of illustrious people of all kinds: reyes, nobles, saints and saints, scholars, students, writers, printers, teachers, monks, religious, military, merchants, guerrillas, adventurers, politicians ... all of them were an indispensable part of our city. Four of them stand out for having had their birthplace in our city: Miguel de Cervantes, Manuel Azana, Catherine of Aragon and Ferdinand of Habsburg.

Miguel de Cervantes

The binomial Miguel de Cervantes and Alcalá de Henares will always go hand in hand. To mention Cervantes is to refer to the roots of Spanish literature, to the epicenter of all things and that marked a before and after in the history of Spain. But nevertheless, It is difficult to treat his figure by restricting ourselves to the interior of our borders: Miguel de Cervantes is not only the axis of our literature, but also the foundation stone of the modern novel; one of the foundational columns of universal literature. The Quijote, long ago inscribed in western and eastern mythology, goes beyond Cervantes himself.

This novelist, Spanish poet and playwright is considered to have been born 29 September 1547 in Alcalá de Henares and died on 22 April 1616 in Madrid, but he was buried on 23 April and this date is popularly known as that of his death. He is considered the greatest figure of Spanish literature, as we have commented previously and it is universally known, especially for having written Don Quixote de la Mancha, which many critics have described as the first modern novel and one of the best works of world literature.

When in 1605 published the first part of Don Quixote, achieved great success, which allowed him to publish in a few years what he had been writing. But nevertheless, despite the success of Don Quixote, Cervantes always lived with difficulties, seeking the protection of a patron among the nobles, which he got only partially from the Count of Lemos, to whom he dedicated his last work, The works of Persiles and Sigismund.

Manuel Azana, the alcalaíno who became president

Alcalá de Henares paid tribute to Manuel Azaña

Alcalá de Henares paid tribute to Manuel Azaña

Azaña was little in 1936 the first and only Spanish President born in Alcalá de Henares. A city that, of which without denying, it always caused him sadness because, from his house on Imagen street, orphaned him with just 10 years. Son of Esteban Azaña Catarinéu and María Josefina Díaz-Gallo Muguruza. His father was mayor of the city and, among other things, was the promoter of the installation of the statue of Miguel de Cervantes in the main square.

Tombstone of Manuel Azaña

Tombstone of Manuel Azaña

Manuel Azaña was appointed Minister of War in the first Government formed after the proclamation of the Second Spanish Republic, the 14 April 1931. He came to this ministerial portfolio with the prestige of having dedicated a good part of his intellectual reflections to the Army and its incardination in a democratic State and the objective of his political action was to turn it into a tool exclusively for the defense of foreign aggressions..

Catherine of Aragon, Queen of England

Catherine of Aragon, Queen of England

Catherine of Aragon, Queen of England

Known as Queen of England and daughter of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabel de Castilla, Alcalá de Henares was born on 16 from December to 1485. In 1501 she married Arturo, eldest son of Henry VII of England, as part of the alliance policy designed by his parents to diplomatically isolate France. Arturo died the following year, and the interests of the State led to negotiate the marriage of the widow with the new heir, prince henry.

From the union of both six children were born, although of all of them only Maria Tudor survived, future queen of england. Henry VIII, worried about the need for a male successor, and at the same time in love with Ana Bolena, filed for divorce from the ecclesiastical authorities (1527) under the pretext of the illegality of the marriage between brothers-in-law.

In full Protestant effervescence, the question became a lively controversy about papal primacy in which theologians and men of letters participated. By last, Enrique definitely broke up with Catalina (1531) and he married Ana Bolena, already pregnant with the future queen Elizabeth I. The Archbishop of Canterbuy, Cranmer, annulled the king's marriage to Catherine (1533), it broke away from obedience to the Roman Catholic Church (1534) and made himself known as the supreme head of the new Church of England. Catherine was confined to Kimbolton Castle, but she never gave up the title of queen.

Ferdinand of Habsburg, the german emperor

Ferdinand German of Habsurg

Ferdinand German of Habsurg

Fernando I of Habsburg was born in Alcalá de Henares the year 1503. Son of Felipe el Hermoso and Juana la Loca, He was the favorite grandson of Fernando the Catholic, who, however he revoked his will (1512) in which he named him regent until the arrival of Carlos I of Spain and V of Germany. He was educated by his grandfather, since her mother went to Brussels with her husband and her other 3 children shortly after birth.

The family returned a year and a half after leaving for Brussels due to the death of Isabel la Católica. Juana, fue desheredada, in favor of his son Fernando, who was granted various rents and a house of his own. When his father died (Felipe), He was again in charge of his grandfather Fernando el Catolico, who always considered him his favorite grandson. He can be considered as the first infant of the Habsburgs born on Spanish soil.

Alcalá de Henares is considered the Spanish literary city and that is why visiting the many monuments of these illustrious characters is interesting to visit a quality restaurant such as Scorching Casa Benito, which is located in the city and has specialties in grilled meats such as the yearling veal and the Iberian field bait pig of their own breeding and first quality.

 

 

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.

Home meat orders with free transportation

During these weeks we have to stay at home, on the occasion of confinement, we inform you that we can send your meat order directly to home at no additional cost of transport. You know that you have sausage, Iberian Ham, Iberian ham, cheese and Iberian pork and veal Anoja own our farms. You can see all references and catalog directly in the online shop Abrasador.

Beef
Own Crianza meat

These weeks as you know most of the restaurants associated with our brand, remain closed until further notice. And from the middle of May, some of them will start to open and prepare à la carte service with our own grilled gourmet home-cooked meats.

Our meat sales, in a 95% they are through the restaurants associated with the brand and therefore, In recent weeks, much of the Central team has not been operational. And now from May, we have reduced the ERTE to some colleagues to join a few hours and therefore we will be at your disposal to serve you meat directly at home by ordering through the Abrasador Online Store from anywhere in Spain.

Catalog Photo
Photo catalog Scorching meat

For any questions or clarification, you can contact us Monday to Friday 9:00 a 18:00 h or at any other time that necesitéis on phones 925245684, 647 221 393 O 699 450 508 or e-mail pedidos@abrasador.com and we send the order to receive in home 24-48 hours.

And if you prefer that we make it easier for you, you can directly see some of the lots already specified so you don't have to think about which products to choose:

Lots of gourmet meat for home

From Group Abrasador our biggest wish is you are all well and that you can spend the days the best that you can at home and always with a positive attitude. Get through this together and of course will pass an important page in our history, but now we must be strong.

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.