Sigüenza, city surrounded by beautiful architectural and natural landscapes. City of great historical heritage and partly cradle of the gastronomy from Guadalajara and Castilla la Mancha. There are so many things to do and see in Sigüenza that it has become an ideal place to do a escape of a day or weekend. We have lived it both at a monumental level, visiting the city, and touring the spectacular natural landscapes surrounding this medieval jewel. Do you want to know the plan? Go for it.
Sigüenza, more than a plan
A little history
Sigüenza comes from the Celtiberian name of Segontia, which means "the one that dominates the valley". Romans, Visigoths or Muslims have passed through Sigüenza, and all of them have shaped the city, although most of the historic center comes from medieval times.
Sigüenza's location is clearly strategic, since it is located in a valley at an altitude of 1,000m and with a defensive position. You have to know that the city was reconquered to Muslims in the twelfth century by the Bishop (and not a "general") Bernardo de Agén, who ordered the construction of the cathedral for such a feat, something that transformed the city.
One of the icons of the city is its castle or fortress, which was first Muslim (as almost all 🙂), and dating from the twelfth century. This castle was the residence of bishops until the 19th century, and today it is a National Parador.
Panoramic of Sigüenza
In the medieval area of the city there are several doors next to the walls, such as the Iron Gate, where the goods entry tax was charged, the Arquillo of San Juan, that made union of the Jewish quarter and the Morería or the Sun Gate, famous for staying open at night in the time of the plague.
As a historical anecdote, one of the nuns of the Ursuline Convent He told us that the bishop of the city, faithful defender of the heritage of Sigüenza, had the church rebuilt damaged during the Civil War (burned to the altarpiece). He even had a restore restored Mudejar Arch that appeared during the rehabilitation of a house and that almost ended up in a landfill. Today this arch can be seen in the City Museum, things of history.
The three pillars of Sigüenza (in our view)
From Sigüenza we took 3 pillars that marked our visit to the city. The first pillar is undoubtedly his monumental wealth, with that cathedral, that castle and the narrow and winding streets. The second, and one of the reasons that attracts tourism the most, is the gastronomy. Products of slaughter, lamb, kid, crumbs or the traditional Castilian soup. From here, you can take off on all fours and with a nap included. Finally, and often neglected by traditional tourism, the nature around him. He Barranco del Río Dulce, one of Felix Rodríguez de la Fuente's favorite places, is a real wonder, and autumn is his best time.
Main Square of Sigüenza
Barranco del Río Dulce
What to do and what to see in Sigüenza
1 Cathedral of Santa María de Sigüenza
No doubt the star of Sigüenza is its cathedral, a cathedral that took several centuries to build. Of her it emphasizes its central ship, of style Gothic, which is very visible especially in its interior, the access doors that are of clear style Romanesqueand the two huge towers, which give it an aspect of "strength." Visit inside, it is well worth it.
2 The Plaza Mayor
Every town has its Plaza Mayor, and although in this case it does not look like a square, its arcades have a special charm. In addition, this small square, if time permits, is an excellent terrace to take a cane or eat in the sun :). Next to the square is Calle Mayor, one of the most beautiful streets in the city and one of those that give access to the castle or the National Parador.
Main Square of Sigüenza
Main Square of Sigüenza
3 The House of the Doncel
If you go up the main street towards the castle, in addition to finding souvenirs and good restaurants, there is a narrow street that overlooks the Casa del Doncel. Its current facade dates from the fifteenth century and is currently a museum that belongs to the University of Alcala de Henares.
4 Convent of the Ursulines
This convent is one of the few boarding schools left in Spain. It has a reformed church inside, and as a council, tell you the history of the church and the events of the Civil War. Is free, you just have to knock on the door :).
5 Truffles of the Convent of Poor Clares
One of the typical things Sigüenza things are the truffles Convent of the Poor Clares, a closing convent next to one of the city's gardens. They are rich, rich ... and it is an excellent gift for when you return home.
Truffles of the Convent of the Poor Clares
6 Sigüenza Castle
Currently a Tourism Hostel, Sigüenza Castle is the first thing you see as soon as you enter the city. It is on a hill overlooking the city and although it is a hotel, it is possible to enter inside, and why not, have a coffee while admiring its walls.
Surroundings of Sigüenza
Sweet River Canyon
For us the jewel of the region and one of the favorite places of Felix Rodríguez de la Fuente. There, the famous naturalist recorded several episodes of the most famous TVE series, The Man and the Earth, a series that aimed to show the nature and fauna of Spain. In the Barranco del Río Dulce it is possible to make several hiking trails, which highlights a 3.7km for the entire family. Worth!.
Rio Dulce Canyon
How to get?
Sigüenza is in the province of Guadalajara and it is easily accessible by the Barcelona road by taking exit 104 towards the CM-1101 road. It is barely an hour and thirty minutes from Madrid.
See in Google Maps.
When to go?
Any time is good to visit Sigüenza, but if you go in winter it should be warm. Sigüenza is almost 1,000m high, so the scratch is secured.
Where to eat?
- Calle Mayor Restaurant. Very cozy and with a delicious ticket scramble.
- Gurugú de la plazuela restaurant. They have ground beer, something original, and the skewers and portions are very rich
- El Balcon del Dulce (in the town of La Cabrera). Located in an idyllic place, it is worth approaching.
Where to sleep?
- Labyrinth Hotel. Small hotel located downtown with excellent value for money
- Rural hotel the cabin. Very cucas rooms and fireplace.
- Puerta Medina Hostel. Located in a historic building of the 18th century next to the cathedral.
- Hotel & Spa Molino de Alcuneza. SPA in a mill of the fifteenth century. It is a boutique hotel with pool, one pass.
- National hostel of Sigüenza. It is undoubtedly the most striking, since it is located in the Castle of the city.