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We’re located in front of the Sierra Norte de Guadalajara, just 11 km from the Medieval City of Sigüenza. Depending on your interests, you can visit Sigüenza, Atienza, the Roman Route, the Castle Route…

If you’re more interested in being in touch with nature, you can also take several routes on footfrom Carabias – visiting the Atance reservoir, for example, or Palazuelos, our little Ávila. There’s also the Dulce River Natural Park , where there are several interesting and easy-going routes that are suitable for everyone, or you can visit the Imón Salt Flats and the Salado River canyon in Santamera.

It's perfect for a weekend getaway..

History

Sigüenza

To visit Sigüenza is to see history unfold across time. After the remains of ancient settlers: Celtiberians, Romans, Visigoths and Moors, a medieval Sigüenza imprints itself on the visitor’s gaze from the very first glance.

The postcard-perfect castle dominates the city, and its foundations, which reach up to its battlements, hold the secrets of all its previous inhabitants. The Casa del Doncelis a must-see; the San Vicente or Santiago church, too; the remains of the city walls; the cathedral, with its stunning domed interior and mausoleums... there are countless parts of the puzzle that together build a rich picture of the period.

The Cathedral should be top of visitors’ lists. It’s a beautiful example of Cistercian and early Gothic architecture , with particular highlights being the Arces, St. Peter, Annunciation and St. Mark chapels, as well as the statue of the Doncel and the Gothic rose windows from the 12th-16th centuries.

There are three protected natural areas in the region: the Dulce River Natural ParkSalado River Site of Community Interest , and the Salado River Salt Marshes Micro-Reserve.

If you want to find out more about the history and heritage of Sigüenza, you can book your visit with an official city guide: https://www.guiasiguenza.com/ o http://www.visitasguiadassiguenza.es/

Or if you prefer more active tourism, you can do so with our friends from https://barbatona.com/web/

Globo Walks

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Imón

Around 14 km from beautiful Sigüenza , you’ll find Imón. Imón has the most important salt mines in both the region of Atienza and the province. The salt mines of Imón were able to produce great amounts of salt, were the largest and best constructed and, moreover, have survived up until the present day in a great state of preservation.

The king, who controlled them, used the rents to pay the Sigüenza nobles and the bishopric. The last modernisation, to which they owe their current appearance, was the work of Charles III of Spain in 1720. They were active until 1996 and the remains of the last collection are still preserved in their main warehouses.

With a small detour at the entrance to the village, you’ll find the Imón salt mines, and at about a distance of 3km make a fascinating walk. The complex is made up of three large warehouses, two of which are still standing, San Antonio and San José, with part of the last production; five waterwheels, four of which are still in good condition, distributed throughout the installation; and several water reservoirs and around a thousand pools, which still have most of their stone and wood.

The complex is completed by annex buildings, offices and small warehouses, which give us a complete picture of its activity. They are divided up into traditional departments, each one with its own boundaries, facilities and name.

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Atienza

Located in the La Serranía Mountains of Northern Guadalajara, Atienza is at a crossroads of important routes in the area: the El Cid route, the Rural Roman route and the Don Quixote route..

The Castle, located in the highest part of the town, is the most emblematic landmark in Atienza. Used by the Celtiberians and then by the Moors, who built a mighty citadel, it was modified by the Christians after the Reconquest. During the Middle Ages, between the 9th and 11th centuries, it changed hands numerous times. Occupied by Alfonso III, Almanzor, and Sancho García, among others, it was definitively taken by Alfonso I of Aragon, King consort of Castile through his marriage to Urraca I. It’s mentioned in The Poem of Cid, , being referred to as a “true fortress”.

Among the religious works is the apse of the Monastery of San Francisco, in a Gothic style, the only thing that remains after a French attack. San Bartolomé, built in the 13th century, has 16th century alterations and extensions on top of its Romanesque features. Santa María del Val, San Juan del Mercado, the church of Holy Trinity or Santa María del Rey, , are some of the other countless examples that can be found.

A must-visit is the Museum of the Holy Trinity. Inside, you can see a magnificent display of religious art. Highlights include the chapel of the Immaculate Conception, in Rococo style; the main altarpiece, decorated with canvases by Matías de Torres; a curious 16th century catafalque; and two spectacular Christs: the Christ of Forgiveness, by Luis Salvador Carmona, and the late Romanesque Christ of the Four Nails. tardorrománico.

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Palazuelos

Palazuelos is one of the few villages that preserves its original wall almost in its entirety, and access to the village is through its gates. This fact, together with its castle, transports you to a real medieval walled city.

It has cylindrical towers at the wall corners and a large keep attached to the west wall. The castle is the strongest point of the wall, which starts from the castle and surrounds the entire village.

Its construction was commissioned by Íñigo López de Mendoza, first Marquis of Santillana, and is attributed to the architect Juan Guas. The Mendoza family’s coat of arms are on the entrance gates to Palazuelos. Among his subsequent heirs, the Princess of Eboli stands out. It was briefly used as a flour factory in the 20th-century, and is currently being restored.

Next to the main wall entrance, in a large square, you’ll find the Palazuelos pillory, a column that’s an ancient symbol of the independent towns that were permitted have a judge and impart their own justice system. The condemned often ended up tied to the pillory, which still has the iron bars at the top where the prisoner was exposed to public shame.

Nature

Santamera

The La Olmeda salt mines , together with the famous salt mines of ImónImón salt mines, are part of the Salt Valley and Salado River Salt Mines. This natural area, included in the Natura 2000 Network, is home to some incredible spots, including Santamera,  a town you’ll discover on the route.

The route starts in the village of La Olmeda de Jadraque. We recommend leaving your car at the entrance to the village, next to the Town Hall on an explanade. Enter the village along the main street and cross it until you reach the end of the village. The beginning of the road that will take you to Santamera is in that direction. As soon as you leave La Olmeda de Jadraque, you’ll be surrounded by fields of crops. A small poplar grove bids us farewell on the left as we leave the village. The route follows a fairly well-kept track used by local vehicles and off-road vehicles. During the course of the morning, you might also get the opportunity to see roe deer on either side of the track.

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After walking for a couple of kilometres, you’ll reach a fork in the road. Take the one on the left, which will take you towards the ravine seen in the distance.

If you’re lucky, you’ll see large groups of vultures nesting in the area. Remember to take your binoculars with you to get a good look. The path soon joins the Salado River and you should continue parallel to it until meeting the road that enters the village of Santamera. Take the road into Santamera and you can climb to the top of the hill to see the church. There’s a beautiful view of Santamera and the rock walls that surround it from the hill where the church is located. It’s an astounding spot, and incredibly beautiful. The village is so astounding because it’s unexpected – being enclosed among the rocky outcrops – and transports you to more northern areas, as if you weren’t in Guadalajara but rather closer to the Pyrenees. There’s an incredible peacefulness in the air. Once you come down from the church, take a street heading WEST that takes you to the ravines that form in one of the tails of the Atance Reservoir. The road turns into a track, and the track later becomes a path. This is a beautiful area. It forms a perfect gorge for vultures. On its walls, you’ll see some climbing routes made especially for fans of this beautiful sport. Although the path continues on, and you can probably make the complete return journey along the banks of the reservoir and return to La Olmeda de Jadraque on that side, the proposed route here takes a half turn and you return along the same path you came along.

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Dulce River

The environmental importance of the Dulce River Ravine Natural Park derives from a major geological process: the excavation by the river of a deep canyon in powerful limestone strata. During the Secondary, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, the area was frequently covered by seas that deposited the limestone layers found there today. In the Tertiary, these sediments fractured and folded , and more recently, in the Quaternary, the river Dulce has been dissolving the limestone and forming the current canyon, whose typical forms of this geomorphological system take various interesting shapes: enchanting cities, limestone pavements, caves, chasms, pits, dolines and tuffaceous buildings that are clearly visible in the abandoned meander of La Cabrera. The result is a striking landscape made up of wide and high moorlands, with the Dulce River canyon and its tributaries cutting through it all, which create seasonal waterfalls.

Particularly suitable for hiking and cycling, it offers comfortable routes suitable for everyone.

The landscapes formed by its forests and the three villages along its route will leave you with magnificent memories. The forests that cover this Natural Park are mainly made up of holm oak and gall oak, with greater or lesser thickness and height depending on the traditional use of pasture and firewood. Where the soil is scarce, junipers appear. Most of the surface area of the river gallery forest of the river Dulce is currently occupied by orchards or poplar plantations. Well-preserved local groves have been found with poplar, willow and ash trees.

The misty environment of the canyon facilitates the growth of species typical of more northerly environments, such as maples and guillomos. Among the rocky walls of the canyon, you’ll see griffon vultures, golden eagles, peregrine falcons and choughs . On the banks, herons, mallards, kingfishers and wagtails can all be spotted.

The Park’s natural resources can be enjoyed alongside those provided by its cultural heritage, with the historic centre of nearby Sigüenza. El Romanesque architecture is illustrated by the beautiful churches of Jodra, Saúca and Pelegrina, the latter of which has a marvellous castle.

 

Tours

FROM ARAGOSA TO PELEGRINA.

Distance: 11 km. (7 km from Aragosa to La Cabrera + 4 km from La Cabrera to Pelegrina) Approximate duration: 3-4 hours one-way. Difficulty: low/medium in duration, although it is largely flat ground. Signage: wooden beacons (mostly matches the GR-10, indicated with two parallel red and white stripes) Recommended for bicycles. Suitable for prams in all sections.

PELEGRINA GORGE.

This circular tour will let you discover the most abrupt part of the Park, the Pelegrina gorge, with its spires, towers, enchanted cities, stone arches, waterfalls, etc. Distance: 4 km. Approximate duration: 1-2 hours round trip. Difficulty: low/medium, although it’s a flat route with a single notable slope of 70 m of ascent to Pelegrina, and you’ll need to wade across the river. Signage: wooden beacons Suitable for prams up to the Felix hut.

FROM SIGÜENZA TO PELEGRINA FOR THE QUEJIGAR.

This route takes you from the medieval town of Sigüenza to the heart of the Natural Park in Pelegrina. Distance: 11,5 km. in the Park (2 km more from Sigüenza) Approximate duration: 2 hours one-way (one more from Sigüenza) Difficulty: low/medium, for the distance. Signage: Quixote route beacons.

FÉLIX RODRÍGUEZ DE LA FUENTE VIEWPOINT.

Highway GU-118, 6,5 kmfrom Torremocha del Campo - direction Sigüenza, or 9.3 km from Sigüenza - direction Pelegrina.

BLIND ROUTE.

This 1.5 kmroute starts from the village of La Cabrera and heads downstream on the right of the Dulce River. It’s a calm and instructive walk along the river, accompanied by a series of interpretive elements of the natural environment adapted for the blind. Suitable for prams in all sections.

INTERPRETATION CENTRE.

Located in Mandayona. An exhibition dedicated to the natural resources of the park, its Romanesque history, the activity carried out by Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente in the Park, and hides for the direct observation of griffon vulture nests. Information on routes and itineraries. Tel: 949 305 948

Access

Free access.

The Dulce River Ravine Natural Park extends through the municipalities of Sigüenza (La Cabrera and Pelegrina), Mandayona (Aragosa), Saúca (Jodra del Pinar), Torremocha del Campo, Mirabueno and Algora, in the province of Guadalajara. To access the Park, from the A-2, take any of the access roads to Sigüenza, either the CM-1011 at km 104, passing the Mandayona Nature Interpretation Centre, or the GU-118 at km 118, passing the Felix Rodríguez de la Fuente Viewpoint.

BEST TIME TO VISIT. WHAT TO BRING

All seasons. Especially recommended in the spring and autumn. . Beware of snow and ice from mid-December to March, which can complicate road access. Bring a bicycle and a walking stick to enjoy your hikes.

Visit the Website

http://areasprotegidas.castillalamancha.es/rap/espacios-naturales-protegidos/enp-parque-natural/parque-natural-del-barranco-del-rio-dulce

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