‘Don Quixote’ by Miguel de Cervantes is one of the most famous books in the world. The best way to learn more about this legendary Spanish writer is to visit his birthplace: Alcalá de Henares. The most important square is named after him and the house where Cervantes was born is now a museum. A bronze statue portrays the errant knight and his brave servant seated on a bench.
The first English translation of the book was published between 1612 and 1620 under the title ‘The History of the Valorous and Wittie Knight-Errant Don-Quixote of the Mancha’. This valuable book lies open under bulletproof glass in the climate-controlled basement of the Museo Casa Natal de Cervantes. The birth house of the writer, whose masterpiece sold millions of copies, stands in a small town a quick 20-minute train ride from Madrid.
“The Plaza de Cervantes boasts a statue of him, and a walking route takes visitors to his baptismal font”