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Original routes. Cervantes’ Madrid

By | 26 November, 2017 | 0 comments

Estatua de Miguel de Cervantes (by Tíndalos)

One of the most surprising ways to discover Madrid is by going on the itinerary which follows in the footsteps of Miguel de Cervantes. Literature becomes the best guide to discover spots which became key parts of the work of Spain’s most universally acclaimed writer.

Cervantes’ mark in Madrid

The Cervantes route includes dozens of anecdotes and its itinerary starts in the Las Letras district. Its stops are:

  1. Casa Alberto
    This tavern is located in the spot where Cervantes finished the second part of Don Quixote and The Works of Persiles and Sigismunda. He later lived on the street which today bears his name.
  2. Juan Cuesta print shop
    The print shop which printed the first edition of Don Quixote is on Calle de Atocha, 87, today the headquarters of the Cervantine Society. Here, you can see an exact reproduction of the originally titled The Ingenious Nobleman Don Quixote of La Mancha.
  3. Teatro Español
    Previously known as El Corral del Príncipe, this was the stage for his theatre plays. Discover the theatre with an enjoyable guided tour.
  4. Church and Convent of Las Trinitarias Descalzas
    His remains are buried in this convent on Calle Lope de Vega. Next to him are those of his wife, Catalina de Salazar.
  5. Cervantes Institute
    This institute promotes Spanish language abroad. Its building has famous caryatids and it is located on Calle Alcalá.
  6. National Library
    On Paseo Recoletos, 20, you can find a first edition of Spain’s most important literary work.
  7. Sculptures
    The statue in front of the Spanish Parliament and the monument in Plaza de España pay tribute to Cervantes.

The train to Alcalá

The Cervantes Train is a journey from Atocha to the writer’s hometown of Alcalá. This trip includes the recital of some of his interludes on the way and it is the last stop on this original route to discover Madrid.

Photo © Tíndalos Diseño Intuitivo

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