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Celebrating Cervantes

The International Book Day This 2016 has more than ever its own name. Are met 400 years of death of the flagship of the Spanish letters. Miguel de Cervantes is celebrated in the privacy of a good reading, even before hundreds of attentive eyes; in the solemnity of Art, in the complicity of theater, in the life of the Street, in the pleasure of the good table and in the gift of a newly opened bed. We go through the best proposals for honor us following his figure on the day of black over white.

That everyone talks about and that anyone passionate about lyrics should visit. Miguel de Cervantes: from life to myth (1606-2016) It is open to the public until May 22 in the National Library, where the most complete set of works related to the writer has been assembled. In addition to the Cervantes collection of the Library, there have been funds from other institutions such as the Prado Museum, the Alcalá de Henares Town Hall or the British Museum. Articulated in three parts, the exhibition will cover aspects of the family, military and literary life of Cervantes, reviewing his work, episodes of his life such as captivity in Algiers, his relationship with the writers of his time ... Of course, Don Quixote occupies a prominent place. (Paseo de Recoletos, 20-22. Hours: Monday to Saturday from 10am to 8pm. Free admission).

Miguel de Cervantes: from life to myth (1606-2016) © National Library

To the Barefoot Trinitarian Conventwhere from April 22 and until December 31, the Madrid City Council will organize guided visits to the tomb of Miguel de Cervantes. A half-hour tour will allow those interested to know where they rest. the remains of the writer. Is the Church of San Ildefonso, in the same convent (Lope de Vega Street, 18) which houses a monument with the remains found in the crypt. The visits, for a maximum of 25 people, will take place Friday at 5:00 p.m. and the Saturdays at 12h00, except in the month of July.

Whether or not the centenary of anything, the Continuous Reading of Don Quixote It is already a classic that this 2016 meets 20 years. Will begin on Friday, April 22 at 6:00 p.m. and it will last for almost 48 hours until 2:00 p.m. on April 24 in the Circle of Fine Arts. Personalities from the world of culture and politics will alternate with ordinary people and connections with the entire globe (Brazil, United States, Romania, Colombia, China, Morocco ...) to give voice to the most important work of Spanish literature : Don Quijote of La Mancha.
Letter lovers will also be able to unleash their creativity, participating in the Giant Cervantine Poem, that is, in the writing of poems about Cervantes in a 150 meter continuous paper. It will be the day April 22 on the outside of the Mario Vargas Llosa Public Library (Barceló Street) and the day 23 in that of Eugenio Trías (House of Fieras of El Retiro), in Madrid. Those who approach there will complete the work previously carried out in four other libraries.

The one that saw him born. In Alcala de Henares. In addition to visiting the rooms that corresponded to the public life of the family, their bedrooms on the top floor and temporary exhibition halls, who approach the Birthplace of Cervantes Museum they will find a garden invaded by some 3,000 illuminated books. Before becoming suspended in vertical structures such as authentic curtains to wander around, its pages have been intervened by the residents and visitors of this Madrid town with issues related to the life and work of the writer. Get lost among these pages moved by the wind, check them out, move from one to another and then start your journey to the origin.

Living in the Golden Age should be such that © Museo Casa Natal de Cervantes

El Toboso. Place of residence of the beloved of Don Quijote par excellence. In the municipality of Toledo you can visit the Dulcinea House Museum, in which life is recreated in a house of rich noodles from the time of Miguel de Cervantes. When traveling through its mill, the cellar, the courtyards and the rooms, it is traveling through a restored 16th century house. There one can imagine Dona Ana Martínez Zarco de Moraleswho inhabited the house and inspired the character of Dulcinea del Toboso. (Quijote Street, 1. El Toboso (Toledo). Hours: from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Price: 3 euros).
At the top of the Ruidera lagoons, is the Montesinos Cave, which Don Quixote penetrated by hanging from a rope to meet fantastic characters. You will not need rope or dream, because once inside you will discover an incredible landscape of stalactites and stalagmites, you will travel through the history of prehistoric peoples and, of course, you will relive the episode of the novel that has brought us here. (Road C-30, Ossa de Montiel. Hours: from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.. Price: 6 euros).

Don Quijonte descended there © Flickr / Pablo Sánchez (with Creative Commons license)

We approach the classic of the classics from the theater and from a different perspective, women's that appear in the novel. Quixote. Female. Plural. It can be seen until next May 1 in the Spanish Theater of Madrid. On the tables, Sanchica, the daughter of the most famous of the squires, Sancho, will follow the ventures and misadventures of the protagonists resolving, without noticing, the misfortunes that dot their journey. At the same time, he will wonder about love and the most successful attitude towards men and life. Along the way, you will receive the advice of other female characters that appear in the play, such as Luscinda, Marcela, Maritornes, Quiteria and, of course, Dulcinea. (Spanish Theater. Until May 1. From Tuesday to Saturday at 8:30 p.m. and Sundays at 7:30 p.m. Price: € 18).

Don Quixote Pill Female. Plural. © Spanish Theater

The one with the letterswhere Miguel de Cervantes resided and died. It was on Lope de Vega street, corner of León. In his honor, the neighborhood will be filled with life and activities for the little ones who, through a illustrated gymkana they will discover the secrets of the streets that they step on (Huertas Street, 2. Hours: 11:30) and thanks to a series of popular games, such as the blind hen, horn or hopscotch They will learn how the little ones had fun centuries ago. Adults will also have their space with theatrical performances and animation in the bares. Now the high point will come at 20:30, when The Prince's Corral (Spanish Theater) Exit the funeral procession towards the Convent of the Trinitarian for stage the farewell to Miguel de Cervantes.

Calle Lope de Vega, place of residence of Cervantes © Getty Images

It may not be possible to travel to the Spanish Golden Age and live first hand the Cervantine universe. However, what we can do is surround ourselves with it, immerse ourselves in its atmosphere and dream about stories of walking knights, maidens, young picaresque accentuated or dogs endowed with the gift of the word. Stories to sleep ...

Hotel El Colloquio de los Perros, Valladolid
Miguel de Cervantes lived in the City of Pisuerga in 1605. It was a year and a few months. Enough to write the story of Cipión and Berganza, two dogs from the Resurrection Hospital, in Valladolid. We talk about The Colloquium of the dogs, one of the Exemplary novels from the writer who has named the four-star boutique hotel that occupies us.
In it, it dawns with cathedral views and between the walls of a 19th century bourgeois building restored, in which the wooden beams and exposed brick contrast, for good, with modern and sober furniture. The decoration is in charge of paintings inspired by episodes of the novel that gives it its name. (Two nights in a double room from 180 euros per room on Expedia).

Who will be the one in the painting: Cipión or Berganza? © Facebook Hotel The Colloquium of Dogs

I Edition of CervanVino
We tasted La Mancha, land of the ventures and misadventures of the great gentleman born of the pen of Miguel de Cervantes, in the I Edition of CervanWine. It will be two days, April 22 and 23, in which the wines of Madrid can be tasted in the Madrid Circle of Fine Arts 24 wineries of the Denomination of Origin of La Mancha. Between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, attendees can give away for free with the manchego broths and pair them with different products of the earth, see Manchego cheese, Almagro eggplants or Serrano ham.
A menu to honor Cervantes in León
The restaurant Delusions It makes us travel between the past and the present with a menu inspired by the Golden Age, but reviewed by chef Javier Rodríguez. So, between April 22 and 24we can try the Duels and losses (fried eggs with black pudding and torreznos), the Cooked our way (a soup with crispy fried noodles and a salted French toast that simulates the ball, accompanying some fried chickpeas); he low temperature kid or one Manchego cheese board, among other things. (37 euros per person).

If Don Quixote revived ... it would destroy everything © Facebook Wines DO La Mancha

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Video: 2019 Double-Goal Coach Award Winner Omar Cervantes (February 2020).

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