Its situation on the lowlands of the Henares river has attracted a large number of white storks which nest on the rooftops across the city. Alcalá de Henares architecture illustrates the lasting legacy of Spain's Golden Age between the 15th and 17th centuries.
The home and then the statue of Catherine of Aragon
Statue of Don Quixote and his companion Sancho Panza sitting outside the house where Miguel de Cervantes was born. He was almost 60 years old when he wrote his masterpiece, and died on the same day as William Shakespeare.
The interior of the house had an inner courtyard reminiscent of houses I have seen both in Morocco and Herculaneum, the ancient Roman town destroyed by Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. If I was designing myself a house I would want to incorporate this idea into the design but would have a circular pool in the centre, surrounded by pretty gravel and then a circle of box topiary hedging.
Plaza de Cervantes
The facade of the most historic university college - Colegio de San Ildefonso
Next stop Madrid and home.