Statue of Don Quixote in front of the house where Cervantes was born in Alcalá de Henares © Turismo Alcalá de Henares

The Route of the Spanish Language traces the milestones of the Spanish language. One of the key cities in its development was Alcalá de Henares, the birthplace of Cervantes and the main headquarters for the Cervantes Institute. In addition, emblematic Golden Age writers such as Lope de Vega, Calderón de la Barca, and Tirso de Molina studied at the university. Meanwhile, in Salamanca Antonio de Nebrija wrote the first Spanish grammar book. Further, the university is fundamental in studying Spanish. In Ávila there are many references to religious men and women of letters such as Saint Teresa of Jesus and Saint John of the Cross, as well as to major 19th and 20th-century authors such as Unamuno and Lorca.  See more