Last week we had the opportunity to escape two days to Sigüenza to meet with our friends from Globellers. It was our first foray into Guadalajara and we really liked this area, because it allows you to breathe fresh air, visit places of historical and cultural interest, and enjoy the magnificent landscape. In this article we tell you what we did, what we saw and what we ate.
Eat, we ate a lot, I attest
What to visit in Sigüenza
Sigüenza is a beautiful city that can be visited in one day. The tourist office offers two guided tours. The first begins at 12 noon and runs through the most important enclaves of the medieval city. This visit lasts two hours and can be booked at the tourist office. At 4:30 p.m. another guided tour begins, continuation of the first, which focuses on the Renaissance and Baroque Sigüenza. We visit the following enclaves of the medieval city that you can not miss:
The most important and impressive building in the city began to be built in 1124 and is where one of the city's icons is buried: the Doncel, famous for the rich sepulcher that contains its remains. To visit this chapel you have to take a guided tour that costs € 4. There are several guided tour schedules that vary according to the season.
Chapel of the Doncel
This restored medieval house houses very interesting Mudejar art decorations, which were hidden for centuries for fear of the Inquisition. As the name implies, it was the house of the noble family of Doncel himself who is buried in the cathedral. The house also offers various exhibitions throughout the year. At the time of our visit, the exhibition included a series of old aerial photos taken by a couple of brave pioneers of Spanish aviation.
This space was opened by Bishop Carvajal to house the weekly market. It is a large square with several arcades and medieval houses, where you can breathe a lot of tranquility.
This imposing castle dominates the city from the top of the hill. It is currently a luxury tourism Parador. Visitors can go through the defensive gate of the wall and see the cobbled courtyard, with the fountain surrounded by a garden and the old well, which connected to the old dungeons.
Church of San Vicente and Church of Santiago
Both churches were built in the 12th century and are an example of an ecclesiastical building in Romanesque style.
What to visit in the surroundings of Sigüenza
This town extends along the side of a hill topped by an imposing castle. Its quiet streets end up leading to the market square, with very beautiful arcades and wooden beamed houses in medieval style.
Strolling through this town of cobbled streets we discover the medieval walls and a castle currently under renovation. Maybe next time the fortress can be visited.
Castle of the Riba de Santiuste
This fortress stands like a lighthouse on top of a rocky hill and forms an impressive print, visible from many kilometers around. It attracts a lot of attention and it is difficult to resist the temptation to climb to the top and visit the castle. Although the interior is in ruins, the battlements are still in good condition and offer spectacular views of the valley that extends at their feet.