Cervantes' Madrid

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The discovery of the remains of Miguel de Cervantes in the crypt of the church in the Convent of the Trinitarias has put one of Madrid's most illustrious inhabitants back in the spotlight. The writer from Alcalá de Henares has never been such hot news in recent times, as 2015 was the fourth centenary of the publication of the second part of "Don Quixote"- the best known book in Spanish literature -, and 2016 commemorates the 14th anniversary of his death. We’ve put together for you a Cervantes-themed tour of the city to explore the places connected with his life and his work, especially the Literary Quarter, where the lives of the great literary geniuses of our Golden Age were played out. Cervantes' Madrid still holds many secrets that only the most curious visitors will discover.

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Pedestrian streets, open-air cafés and bars, tombs of literary greats and a street market are just a few of the many attractions in this pretty neighb

A Baroque-style church, famous for being the place where Cervantes is buried.

In the Literary Quarter is this commemorative site where the writer lived and died.

In this building, which now houses the Cervantes Society, the first edition of Quijote was printed in 1605.

One of the most popular spots for a selfie, this monument features the figures of Don Quixote, Sancho Panza and their creator Miguel de Cervantes. DUE TO A MAJOR REFURBISHMENT OF THE SQUARE WHICH IS EXPECTED TO LAST TILL FEBRUARY 2021, BOTH THE GARDENS AND THE SQUARE MAY BE PARTLY CLOSED OFF TO THE PUBLIC.

The National Library Museum traces the important role of books throughout history. CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

It offers a quality cultural programme at its impressive headquarters in the Cariátides Building, in the Salesas neighbourhood.

Discover the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes and the old Universidad Complutense, a World Heritage Town that is closely tied to the history of the Spanish language.

A unique way of traveling to and discovering Alcalá de Henares, the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes. From 18 September to 4 December, 2021

  • Photography, painting, sculpture... The arts have found their niche in Madrid's leading museums and exhibition halls (Sep - Dec 2021).

    Madrid Culture (PDF)
  • Folleto Madrid Cultura / Agenda de exposiciones septiembre - diciembre 2021 (PDF)
  • Discover the Spanish painter’s legacy. All of the works and places that represent the essence of the artist in Madrid.

    Goya’s Madrid
  • Estatua de Francisco de Goya / José San Bartolomé LLaneces © Museo Nacional del Prado
  • Check out online or download our monthly bilingual magazine, packed with events, useful information and a map of Madrid and its metro.

  • Revista esMADRIDmagazine octubre 2021
  • In the Literary Quarter, this typical seventeenth-century house is where the playwright and poet lived for the last 25 years of his life.

    Lope de Vega House Museum