A medieval town about an hour from Madrid, it looks like the set of a movie. Its majestic cathedral. A stately castle, the Renaissance district, narrow streets of the old town, the Paseo de la Alameda with its terraces in summer. Discover its wonderful cuisine. As the slogan says: look for me in Siguenza. Another view of the majestic Cathedral of Siguenza. This time at night. The tower view from the main street, but better come and see it. You'll love it and the castle parador. Discover it yourself.
Built in the twelfth century it is full of symbols and legend. This cathedral emerges between the old town of Siguenza as a reference point as a sublime vision. The attention to detail in the Wall decoration, the elegance and mystery of the clock tower and its beautiful interior makes this one of the most popular and beautiful cathedrals in Spain.
Walking through the old part of town in Sigüenza is quite an experience for the senses. You’ll feel the history of the city, a history that began in the Iron Ages and fully started thriving during the Spanish Middle Ages.
The city’s old quarters in the Henares river valley (also known as Sigüenza valley) is an account of its history, from the traces of Roman remains, to the times of Arab rule, the reconquest, the great guilds, and the Spanish Civil War. All of that history makes this place a magical enclave and a perfect place for a day trip or a full weekend trip (if you’re coming from the Madrid area).
I recommend walking through the streets in the old quarters. Walk at a calm pace, enjoying each detail you see. You’ll discover something new at each corner. Use a little imagination and the stroll will become a magical experience.
In September I went for a short tour of the Rio Dulce, this time passing through Aragosa. I've been several times and I love watching the vultures (there are many) and I always come back happy. I like going at this time of year, when the poplars go yellow and make the landscape spectacularly colorful. I recommend it...
In these valleys there still echoes the voice of the great Felix Rodriguez de la Fuente. In tribute to this extraordinary figure and the yards of film shot in this area, they built this vantage point. A place which has a wide view over the Hoz del Rio Dulce and surrounding valleys, dyed brown and yellow in autumn. As if saying thank you to Felix for all he did for our wildlife, there are dozens of raptors, eagles, vultures and a hawk flying over the Mirador.
Walking through the beautiful and historic town of Siguenza, I found this beautiful spot, El Convento de San Francisco (currently inhabited by Ursuline nuns). It dates from 1606 and was a building donated by Antonio de Salazar for a community of Carmelite monks and years later (in 1643) was occupied by Franciscan friars, whose coat of arms you can see in various parts of the facade. As I said before, today it is occupied by Ursuline sisters making this building a convent, church and school. It is a beautiful setting in which you can see crests and legends, barred windows, a beautiful garden, the church with the image of the Immaculate and all surrounded by history and silence typical of a place as lovely as Siguenza.
Alameda is one of the most beautiful things to visit in the medieval village of Siguenza for many reasons. It is a beautiful historic garden where oak trees have watched centuries go by. It is also a key point of connection for the main religious monuments of the city such as the Cathedral (Medieval Market Siguenza), Our Lady of the Orchards Church, Siguenza and San Francisco Convent (Monastery and Church of the RR Ursuline). It is a must, a splendid walk, lectures and parties. If you go back its origins date back centuries and Bishop 1804 Vejarano (which had it built). As a historic village, Siguenza and its gardens were, in the nineteenth century interviewed and honored by important personalities such as Emilia Pardo Bazan, Jose Ortega y Gasset, Miguel de Unamuno, Count of Romanones (which held some other Council Ministers there). Interesting isn´t it?
When we speak of the famous Castle Parador of Siguenza, we think of its great walls, extensive patios and warm rooms, but really for me the interiors are as welcoming and as beautiful as the outside. These Reception rooms, hall, stairs and chapels take you back to the Middle Ages and add to the magical setting. You'll enjoy it if you go. I recommend having something in the bar, a medieval experience.
The Castillo de Riba de Santiuste is in the town of Siguenza, within Guadalajara. This castle-like fortress looks challenging, watching on a sharp slope of the Salt River Valley. It was rebuilt in the 15th century and partially destroyed again in the 19th century.
I offer a beautiful view of the medieval town par excellence, Siguenza. It is an ancient city where every one of its streets, its monuments and its stones speaks of legend, history and fine traditions. Siguenza is primarily Monumental. It is located in a strategic place to control the passage of high Henares and Salado river valleys. It was inhabited since the Neolithic and Paleolithic ages. But it was in the 15th century when the medieval town of Siguenza arose in all its splendor and that now I show this panorama you can enjoy it too. Definitely a must-see destination to enjoy, breathe and live.
If anything characterizes Siguenza it is Medieval history, its beauty and its Medieval markets. The most popular Medieval Days are the 2nd July weekend, organised by the Medieval Association of Siguenza. Its magic is that people dress up as Medieval People, have bonfires in the streets with horses and squires. Medieval market lets you enjoy the stalls selling lace, meats, sweets, ornaments and a myriad of products of the time. Interestingly, during the medieval market days, they only accept the legal currency of the time, ie The Maravedí. Do not worry if you're wondering where the hell I get MARAVEDIES, hehe. You get them in the information booths of Medieval Association. But you can also enjoy the market not only in the streets and on the dates indicated but also in the main square of Siguenza, seeing the Cathedral. As I say a flashback to one of the most beautiful and magical stages of history: The Middle Ages.
When I passed Siguenza Cathedral, the clock tower the thing that surprised me, a very strong and majestic building that impresses. I think it must go unnoticed by very few people passing by. At the top there are two windows, one with a small balcony. Go up, because the views of the city from there certainly are impressive. The clock you see today was renovated and restored in 2007, the same year also saw the restoration of chiming and ringing of bells by popular demand.
Located in Castilla-La Mancha, in the province of Guadalajara, Siguenza is an exciting and beautiful place to visit. The main things to see in Siguenza revolve around its historic and artistic heritage and environment. Among the important monuments and places to visit in Siguenza, highlights include the Sigüenza Cathedral, which is now an interesting museum which draws tourists from near and far. It was the residence of the bishops until the mid-19th century. The most important churches and other religious attractions in Siguenza are the parish church of San Vicente, St. James, St. John, and the parish of Santa Maria.
Another thing to do in Siguenza capital is visit the Episcopal Palace and the Monastery of Our Lady of the Orchards. Pelegrina Castle and the Diocesan Museum of Ancient Art complete the list of what to do in Sigüenza when it comes to historic attractions. But there are tons of Sigüenza attractions that have nothing to do with religion, like the Felix Rodriguez overlook, which offers a beautiful view of the city and a place to stroll along the banks of the Rio Dulce. The city's festivals are in mid-August and are a good opportunity to get to know the city and to enjoy its diverse cultural offerings. If you're passing through the area at that time, make sure you stop for the festival of the Virgin of San Roque, which should be a definite stop on your list of stuff to do in Siguenza today.
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