Alcalá de Henares, one of the oldest cities in Spain, recently added to the UNESCO List of World Heritage, is situated 30 kilometres from Madrid. The city has a very long university tradition. The origins of Alcalá University go back to the late 15th century when the Archbishop of Toledo, Francisco Ximénez de Cisneros, founded, as it was the case with other great academic centres of that epoch, Colegio Mayor, Colegio de San Ildefonso and 13 minor colleges. Then Colegio de San Filipe y Santiago and Colegio del Rey were established. The latter was founded thanks to an endowment from Philip II. Today Universidad Alcalá is a very dynamic research and didactic centre which educates thousands of students every year, including also foreigners who wish to learn the language, literature and culture of this country. An important role in the city’s history was played by Miguel de Cervantes, the author of "El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha". The city’s central square is called Plaza de Cervantes. Visitors can also see the house – museum of Cervantes. The city has numerous tourist attractions, one can find there traces of Roman and Muslim culture, examples of various styles and epochs of European culture. It is also a modern city with well-developed chemical and pharmaceutical industries and the service sector. Alcalá de Henares has a Polish community of more than 7 thousand who are integrated with the city’s life. It was at the initiative of the local Association of Poles in Spain “The White Eagle” that Lublin and Alcalá signed a sister-city agreement.