7 Towns In Guadalajara That You Must Visit

7 towns in Guadalajara that you must visit

We are going to a province of Castilla-La Mancha, perhaps little known, but that hides precious corners. We are going to discover some of the most beautiful towns in Guadalajara. We say some because there are really many that deserve a visit, although these that we are going to show you have something special. 

What towns in Guadalajara should you know?

With a medieval tinge, the province is full of castles and ducal palaces. We also find religious architecture with beautiful monasteries and hermitages. And, of course, we cannot ignore the sites and caves. There’s everything here! If you are looking for tranquility, history and nature, these are the towns of Guadalajara that are worth visiting:

1. Sigüenza

Sigüenza – aguilarphoto

It is from the towns of Guadalajara, the best known. A beautiful town with many attractions, starting with its spectacular castle, of Arab origin and today converted into a parador. Remains of the walls are also preserved.

Its cathedral is another of Sigüenza’s treasures. Its construction began in the 12th century and its rose window and the tomb of Martín Vázquez de Arce, better known as the Doncel de Sigüenza, stand out. And we must also talk about its beautiful Plaza Mayor, presided over by the town hall and in which the galleries stand out.

2. Cifuentes

Cifuentes, one of the most beautiful towns in Guadalajara
Cifuentes – Pedro Oliva

Within the Alcarria region, it is made up of a town and 10 population centers. Its name is due to the large number of springs in the river that surrounds the town. Cifuentes was founded at the end of the 11th century with the conquest of the Taifa of Toledo by the Castilian Christian kings.

Within its historical and artistic heritage we can highlight the castle,  built in the 14th century; as well as the Church of Christ the Savior, the Hermitage of Remedy and the hospital.

3. Cogolludo

Cogolludo, one of the most beautiful towns in Guadalajara
Cogolludo – Javier Rosano

Former lordship of the Dukes of Medinacelli, this municipality was originally a Muslim fortress, which later passed into the hands of the Christians in the 11th century. The main attractions are the church of Santa María, the remains of the castle and the Palace of the Dukes.

4. Start

Atienza in Guadalajara
Atienza – LucVi

It is located in the region of the Serranía de Guadalajara and had its splendor during the Middle Ages, which can be seen in its beautiful urban area. Atienza stands on the side of a hill, has sloping streets and the most outstanding construction is the castle.

The town center is walled and revolves around two squares : de España and del Trigo. In the first one is the Town Hall and in the second the church of San Juan and the Casa del Cabildo.

5. Pastrana

Ducal Palace of Pastrana
Doge’s Palace – AdriPozuelo / commons.wikimedia.org

Capital of the Alcarria region, Pastrana was very important in the 16th and 17th centuries,  while the dukes used the Ducal Palace and before moving to Madrid.

Its places of interest include the collegiate church, the Cuatro Caños fountain, the San José convent, the Plaza del Deán, the Casa de Moratín and the church of Los Remedios.

6. Hita

Door of Santa María de Hita
Hita – Josep Curto

In the Alcarria region, Hita is another of the towns in Guadalajara where history and nature come together for an unforgettable walk. Among its jewels it is worth highlighting the church of San Juan Bautista, built in the Mudejar style between the 13th and 14th centuries.

You should also visit the remains of the church of San Pedro (of medieval origin and destroyed during the Civil War), the Plaza del Arcipreste (used as a market in the Middle Ages) and the Puerta de Santa María (main entrance of the wall, built in 1441).

7. Torija

Torija in Guadalajara
Torija – Leklife

Due to its location at a crossroads to Aragon, Torija has always had a privileged position. The first reviews of the town date from the time of the Christian Reconquest.

After her a castle was built thanks to the Mendoza family and kings such as Carlos V and Felipe II stayed in it. In addition to visiting it, you can enjoy the Parish Church of the Asunción and the Plaza Mayor, whose restaurants offer a good amount of typical Castilian food.

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