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Guide to Siguenza

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Guide to Siguenza – Introduction

Siguenza is a gem of a town in the far north of Castilla La Mancha, bordering Aragon and makes for a very pleasant stop-off point. The town is a treat of medieval architecture and the main historic core glides up a hill, from the Plaza Mayor to the impressive and remarkable Alcazar (fortress) which is now a spectacular Parador hotel.

Siguenza follows the standard tale of ever changing occupiers, from the Romans to the Muslims and Visigoths, this small town has always been, it seems, at the forefront of combat and chaos for centuries. Siguenza is and has been a conservative town and has bore the brunt of it’s geographical position, always seemingly bordering conflict areas and strategic strongholds on the Iberian peninsula. It saw terribly heavy fighting during the Spanish civil war in particular, when Franco’s Nationalist troops occupied the Alcazar (at the top of the hill) and the Republicans fought from the Cathedral, at the bottom of the slope.

Modern day Siguenza is a relaxed, sleepy town with a picture perfect centre and a number of engaging attractions. From the famous statue of El doncel in the Cathedral, to the porticoed Plaza Mayor and the hearty cuisine, combined with some wonderful accomodation options, Siguenza is fabulous.


Guide to Siguenza – What to do, in a Nutshell

  1. Starting from the end of Calle Cardenal Mendoza, stroll into the Plaza Don Bernardo and on into the wonderfully preserved Plaza Mayor. From there head up the hill and gaze at the spectacular Alcazar (fortress)
  2. Enter the Cathedral and find the famous El Doncel statue – symbolic of the chilvarous knight. Learned and Strong.
  3. Have a drink in the elegant courtyard of the Alcazar, what is now a Parador hotel and imagine what that building has been through.
  4. Enter one of the numerous old fashioned Meson restaurants on Calle Mayor and order the speciality cordero asado (roast lamb) or cochinillo asado (roast suckling pig), gorging yourself on typical Castillian fare.

Guide to Siguenza – What to look for on the Menu

We know how tough it can be in a bar or restaurant when you’re visiting a foreign country. Here’s our guide of what local specialities to look for on the menu in Siguenza.

Cordero Asado – Roast lamb served normally with delicious slow cooked potatoes

Cochinillo Asado – Roast suckling pig, a Castillian classic.

Setas – The area around Siguenza has a broad selection of mushrooms, well used in local recipes.

Torreznos – Elaborate pork crackling served with the cochinillo asado or as a bar snack.


Guide to Siguenza – Where to Stay

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