Europe,  Madrid,  Spain

AtoZ: de caña-tapa en Alcalá de Henares

One of the first things Paul loved about Madrid was “caña-tapa” in Alcalá de Henares. Caña-tapa means that you ask for a beer and you get something to eat with it. For the price of two of three beers you get enough food for a dinner.  

Una de las cosas que a Paul enseguida le gustó fue ir de caña-tapa por Alcalá de Henares. Cada vez que vamos a Madrid es una visita obligada. 

Huevos estrellados
Huevos estrellados

Why in Alcalá de Henares? Alcalá is a students city, the university of Alcalá is one of the oldest in Spain. It was founded in 1293 as “studium generale” and in 1499 as University. There are a lot of bars with a big offer and little prices. The city center is only for pedestrian, which makes walking around very pleasant

¿Por qué Alcalá? Alcalá es una ciudad universitaria, su universidad es una de las más antigua de España. Para ser más exactos el studium generale se fundó en 1293 y la universidad en 1499. Como ciudad universitaria está llena de bares con una gra variedad y precios asequibles. Además el centro es peatonal lo que hace fácil ir de cañas.

tapas indalo
Tapas Indalo

If you visit Madrid, you should go to enjoy a caña and a tapa in Alcalá de Henares. On of the main differences with other places is that in Alcalá you can choose the tapa you want. If you ask me what are our favorite tapas: croquetas, pincho moruno, huevos estrellados o huevos rotos, tortilla de patatas...

Si visitas Madrid deber’ais de caña y tapa a Alcalá. Nosotros siempre vamos a Indalo por sus croquetas, pincho moruno y huevos estrellados o huevos rotos…

A_la taberna

Have you been in Madrid? And in Alcalá?

¿Has estado de caña-tapa en Alcalá? ¿Cual es tu bar preferido?


  • Rhonda Albom

    I love Madrid and tapas. It was such a fun city, although always quite a late night. I didn’t know about Alcalá.

    • shere

      Alcalá is a great place for spending a day while in Madrid. You can even take a train in which people are wearing costumes and telling tales: el tren de cervantes. For the next time!!

  • Lisa Buie-Collard

    I’ve been to Barcelona but never Madrid. Maybe one day… I know Tapas are becoming very popular here in the States, so it’s nice to see why, and their history in Espana! Thanks so much for sharing this, and for dropping by my blog and commenting… I’ve been to Amsterdam, Edam, and the island in what was called (at the time) the Zuiderzee…. Loved every minute of it!

    • shere

      I’m from Madrid, so you cannot tell me you have been to Barcelona and not to Madrid, just kidding!!
      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • jenny@atasteoftravel

    I’m a great fan of tapas and love trying all the different tastes. I wish I had known about this one when we went to Madrid. Good luck with the A to Z Challenge!

  • shere

    The beer there is not much more expensive than in the center of Madrid and you really get a lot of food with it 🙂

  • Rhonda Parrish

    I’ve never been to Spain, but maybe someday… someday… A girl can dream, right? LOL

  • Travelling Book Junkie

    We visited Madrid last year and loved every minute. I couldn't believe the amount of food that was delivered with a beer – we definitely ate a lot and didn't pay a great deal for it. Would highly recommend a trip to the city to anyone! 🙂

  • Corinne Vail

    I so wish I had known about this last summer when we visite Alcala…lovely city, BTW! Great A post! Happy Blogging!

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