Alcalá combines within its urban appearance features of its old character of rural, peaceful and calm town, with other ones contributed to by its growing and developing present. By combing both sets of elements, the reality of a municipality that takes part in the advantages of both urban typologies is configured. A calm town, beyond bigger cities problems, where customs and usages lost at the cities are kept; but at the same time you are given all the possibilities of personal development and a varied offer in multiple aspects: leisure, commerce, education, health or economic growth.
Alcalá's streets are immersed a process of renovation that started some years ago, which proposes an important aesthetic change. As part of this new concept of town, we have the increase of zones, the new and high quality street furniture and fixtures, and the abundance of green areas, working as key elements within the new town's identity. You can see examples of this new vision in places such as the Constitución and Santa Lucía Avenues or Telmo Maqueda Street.
The objective of the local Government to face the future has a lot to do with achieving a comfortable town for its neighbours and in order to meet this goal, it bets on everybody having all the necessary equipments to carry on with her/his life within an 800-meter radius in relation to her/his domicile.
Among those equipments an essential element is the Underground/Tram, its works having been started; it will allow an easy and comfortable connection with the Sevillian capital city and with localities of the surrounding area like the Aljarafe district ones or Dos Hermanas and in the future with Los Alcores region.
The life incentives include the display of a good number of cultural and leisure resources in town. Such is the case of the Town Museum with permanent exhibitions, or the Cultural Centre (Casa de la Cultura), placed at the opposite end of the Centro Park, which houses the Town Library, Exhibition Rooms and an Assembly Hall. We have also the following places working as scenic areas: the Gutiérrez de Alba Theatre, traditional epicentre of the town's cultural life; the Municipal Stand or Caseta, recently built and prepared to house events of every type with great functionalities; the Centro Park Auditorium. There are also private spaces for Culture, like the exhibition halls of the Romano Gallery, the Círculo de Alcalá or the Jesus Brotherhood. There is a twelve-screen cinema of great displaying the billboard's last hits.
The commercial offer of the locality is wide and includes a great Mall, and also a raising number of shops and commercial zones spread within the town, mostly in the historical quarter, where an Open Commercial Centre is being developed.
Life quality is also improved by the community centres spread over the town that work like Town Council offices, so procedures and administrative steps can be made there, working also as places where ludic and training/educative activities are held. There is also a Centre of Social Services that centralizes the social services of the locality and administers a number of programs that meet the special needs of different collectives.
Sports can be practiced in a wide network of facilities, including the Indoor Swimming Pool, Plácido Fernández Viagas and Pablo VI sports halls, Francisco Bono Stadium, San Juan Sports Centre - athletics tracks and an outdoor swimming pool, San Francisco de Paula's facilities, or the community centre of every area.
There are four centres of medical attention, three of them of primary attention and one of medical specialities -this one complements the other ones. The Public Health System has been recently updated, so two of these centres are new.
If you want to park, there are more than one thousand parking bays over the municipality and especially by the historical quarter, to make possible leaving the car and coming into the quarter on foot. Some of these parking spaces are located in: Don Paulino Square, S. Francisco, Duque Sq., Callejón del Huerto, Mairena or Silos Streets...
But car is not essential to move through Alcalá because four lines of urban buses that reach all neighbourhoods make possible to go from one point of the municipality to another quickly, thanks to how often they pass by.
Regarding education, more than 20 schools and five secondary schools take care of the locality's requests.
The Market (Spanish Mercado de Abastos, a market where fresh food is sold) can be found in Madueño de los Aires Street and has car par on its lower ground. It is to be transferred to Jardinillos Street, where a building of great functionality, useful to renew the area's commerce, is being built.