Sigüenza e Palazuelos (Sierra / highlands)
The town of Doncel in Sigüenza boasts the second highest number of visitors in the entire region of Castilla-La Mancha. A medieval Conjunto Histórico Artístico (Historic-Artistic Site), it is highlighted by its Cathedral, one of the most spectacular, yet unknown buildings in all of Spain. It includes the tomb of the famous Doncel and its noteworthy chapels, altars such as the Altar of Santa Librada in Plateresque style designed by Covarrubias, as well as the Sacristía Mayor o de las Cabezas in which nearly 3000 heads are represented in the vault. There is also the cloister where “La Encarnación” of El Greco is housed, along with the collection of Flemish tapestries of Palas Atenea.
Apart from the cathedral, its parador nacional (national luxury hotel) is located in the ancient castle in the upper part of the city. Between the cathedral and the castle, we discover Romanesque churches such as the Church of Santiago or San Vicente. Also, squares such as Plaza Mayor, with arcades on two of its sides, that of the Cárcel and of San Vicente, where the home of Doncel is located. We cannot overlook the old Jewish quarter with its walls and its gates, as well as the expansion of the eighteenth century Baroque district of San Roque, to finally reach the Monastery of Nuestra Señora de los Huertos, currently occupied by the Poor Clares.
Near Sigüenza we can find the fraction of Palazuelos, also an Historic-Artistic Site, dubbed the “Ávila of the Sierra de Guadalajara“. Why, you may ask? Because it is one of Castilla’s best preserved city walls. In the opposite direction to Palazuelos, you will come across one of the three natural parks in Guadalajara, the Rio Dulce Natural Park, a small area of just over 8.300 hectares, where you can enjoy one of the most suggestive views of the park itself from the lookout point in the village of Pelegrina dedicated to Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente.