Guadalajara – Spain

The Spanish city of Guadalajara is the capital of the county of La Alcarria, located in the autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha, at a distance of about 60 km north east from Madrid. This town is full of attractive spots and antique constructions and it is very rich in interesting historical past as well. This destination will be found particularly interesting by those visitors who enjoy meeting places which offer historic constructions as well as antique art work pieces.

The city of Guadalajara has gone through several different historical events, and many of them can be learnt while walking by its roads and meeting its buildings and constructions. It is also interesting to remark the fact that during the époque in which it was ruled by the Moorish, this city was called Wadi al Hagarah or Stone River. Besides this, this city has gone through many other important historical events and moments, in such a way that its traditions and appearance have been somehow molded by that.

One of the main spots in Guadalajara as well as in the entire region of Castilla-La Mancha is The Palace of El Infantado. This palace was built during the 15th century by request of Duke Iñigo López. It was designed by Juan Guas in such a way that it shows a peculiar combination of Mudéjar characteristics with Gothic style.

The interior of The Palace of El Infantado is very appealing and especially interesting to those visitors who enjoy disciplines such as architecture, design, arts o history. This palace has several different rooms and areas with a variety of unique elements and ornaments, such as the Salón de las Batallas, or the Hall of Battles, and the Patio de los Leones, or the Lions Patio.

Another very interesting construction tourists could meet in this destination is the Museo Provincial de Guadalajara. This museum exhibits historic and artistic elements and objects within three different main areas: arts, ethnography, and archeology. By visiting this museum, tourists could observe paintings from the Escuela Flamenca or Flamenca School or art work pieces from Carreño de Mirando and Alonso Cano, among many others.

Map of Guadalajara in Spain