Alcala de Henares will raffle off 100 free hotel double-room accommodations to promote tourism in this city where Miguel de Cervantes of the "Don Quixote" fame was born. Winners will enjoy their free hotel accommodation in April when they will be able to join the Holy Week celebrations declared Fiesta de Interes Turistico Nacional (Tourist Festival of National Interest), and other exciting events.
All Saints Day, the big day of the dead on 1 November, is festive-solemn as only the Spaniards can make it.
The documented existence of the caramelized almonds in Alcalá de Henares, 35 km northeast of the nation's capital, dates back to the 18th century although it is probably Arab in origin and as such these garrapiñadas (the Spanish name for candied almonds) would date much further back. You can buy the garrapiñadas at the stores but there’s nothing like buying them from the Convent of the Poor Clares of San Diego in Alcalá, probably the nearest thing to the candied almonds’ birthplace. The garrapiñadas are exquisite. And so is the experience of buying them at the Convent.
"Seeing Cervantes’ birthplace reminds us of the fact that the most renowned 'writers' were real people with real lives and real histories"
What’s the use of coming to Madrid if you don’t snatch the chance to experience Spain’s star writer of all time and the world’s first novelist ever?
Cervantes, the world's greatest novelist in the Spanish language, contributed significantly to the building of the Spanish nation, considering that language is a crucial element of a nation. The Spanish language is la lengua de Cervantes