Guadalajara Spain is roughly 30 miles northeast of beautiful Madrid in the Castile-La Mancha community within the La Alcarria region in central Spain. The location offers many spectacular sights; It sits adjacent to the Henares River whose tributaries include the Salado, Torote, Dulce, and Bornova. Guadalajara’s population of less than 100,000 people keeps the atmosphere more small town than big city. Within the province of Guadalajara, for which the city is the capital, there are numerous game reserves where boar, red-legged partridge and other wildlife are hunted. Fishing conditions are also excellent with an abundance of Black Bass, Trout, and Pike as well as local reservoirs including Buendia and Entrepeña. On the dining front, roasted lamb and roasted kid, called “migas,” is the most common specialty of restaurants along with crab and trout, La Alcarria honey, and wine cakes.

Guadalajara Spain Tourist Attractions

Guadalajara Spain Tourist Attractions
Guadalajara Spain Tourist Attractions

The Palacio del Infantado is a palace and former home to the famous Mendoza family. Its most significant features are the design and location; it is an authentic Renaissance style building and the only one of its kind outside of Italy. Palace construction ended in the 15th century; the final product revealed pyramid-style reliefs on the walls and Renaissance windows. Dual galleries, each with expansive arching features, present figures including lions and griffins, and original murals by Italian Romulo Cincinato adorn the ground floor despite a devastating fire in 1936. Today, Palacio del Infantado is a provincial museum. Pantheon of the Condesa de la Vega del Pozo is another excellent Guadalajara tourist attraction. The towering cathedral includes a crypt, mausoleum, painted altar, and many notable sculptures all left behind by the wealthy Maria Diega Desmaissieres, both the Countess of La Vega del Pozo and the Duchess of Sevillano. The 13th century Iglesia Concatedral de Santa Maria la Mayor entices visitors with its rare design, possessing traits from the Baroque, Mudejar, and Renaissance periods. Other important features include the 17th century altarpiece comprised of poly-chrome, the 17th century cupola, and the half-moon interior arches. There is an alabaster pulpit and three naves. There are several other architectural attractions within Guadalajara Spain—The Palace of the Countess La Vega del Pozo, the Church of San Nicolas, and the churches of San Gines and Santiago. The Arab-built bridge crossing over the Henares River is another interesting site, as it was built by the Arabs on a foundation originally constructed by the Romans.

Guadalajara Spain Hotels

Guadalajara Spain Hotels
Guadalajara Spain Hotels

There are abounding choices for accommodation in Guadalajara and the surrounding area. Hostels, hotels, country house lodges, campsites, apartments, and spas dot the landscape. Hotels are most abundant. The local Marriott, AC Hotel Guadalajara (pictured), is one of the top hotel choices and a place where visitors will find many comforts of home in a promising central location. The four-star establishment is within walking distance to many places of interest including Mercado de Abastos de Santiago, an excellent Guadalajara Spain food market. The central city area is home to more than a half-dozen hotels, creating the opportunity to enjoy walking to many local attractions as well as banks, restaurants, a theater, and many cafes. Self-catering apartments, a popular accommodation choice across Spain, are also easily found.

Top image: Manuel Delgado Tenorio (flickr), CC BY-SA 2.0

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