Miguel de Cervantes, the most famous writer in the Spanish language, was born in 1547 in Alcalá de Henares. In his memory, the Cervantes Train travels from Madrid’s Atocha train station to his hometown performing fragments from his most famous works and remembering his chef d'oeuvre, "El Quijote".
A visit to Cervantes' Birthplace Museum and the University, both in Alcalá de Henares, is a wonderful way of learning more about the work of the prestigious author. The train, which runs on Saturdays in spring, summer and autumn (2 April to 3 December 2016), departs from Madrid Atocha station. During the thirty-minute journey, entertainers dressed in traditional attire from the Spanish Golden Century perform excerpts from Cervantes’ work.
Once the train arrives in Alcalá de Henares, tourist guides accompany groups of 30 people to landmarks of this World Heritage Site.
After the tour, visitors are given time to go for a stroll around the town and then head to lunch (the guides are happy to indicate which restaurants offer discounts to train passengers). The train departs in the evening, arriving back in Madrid in time to go out for some tapas.
Every Saturday from 2 April to 3 December, except August.
Departure from Madrid Atocha: 10:35am / Arrival in Alcalá de Henares: 11:12am
Departure from Alcalá de Henares: 6:50pm / Arrival in Madrid: 7:25pm.
A period train running between Madrid and Aranjuez recreates the Region of Madrid’s first rail line (Sat and Sun, May to October – except July and August).
A fun way of travelling through time to the Middle Ages and discovering a city with centuries of history.