Parador de Sigüenza - 12th century Medieval Castle (4*)
The ancient town of Sigüenza is situated to the northeast of Guadalajara, and was under the rule successively of the Romans, Visigoths, Moors and Castilians. Among the many historic buildings is the 12th-century castle, built on the site of a Moorish castle taken in 1123 by Bernard of Argén, its first bishop. The castle then became the fortress-palace of the bishops of Sigüenza, and in the 14th century it was the prison of Blanca de Bourbon, consort of Pedro the Cruel.
The castle is now the magnificent Parador de Sigüenza, situated at the highest point of the town, its austere fortified exterior of sheer walls, turrets and battlements belie the luxury and tranquillity that lies within. And its position offers stunning views over the medieval town.
Pride of place goes to the vast lounge, once the banqueting hall, which is decorated with banners and suits of armour. The inner courtyard, with its picturesque fountain and well is the perfect setting for taking an evening stroll, or enjoying the Parador’s impressive architecture in the sunshine. Along with the beautiful castle of Sigüenza’s Parador itself, a 13th-century Romanesque chapel is conserved and open to guests.
The bedrooms – some of which have four-poster beds and balconies – enjoy views over the town, courtyard, or the surrounding countryside, and are furnished in traditional Castilian style.
The numerous facilities available at Parador de Sigüenza include a garden, gym and a sauna. At the Parador's atmospheric restaurant, a number of local specialities are on offer such as Bacalao al estilo Trijueque (salt cod with oyster mushrooms and cheese), Cabrito asado a la Barreña (oven-roasted young goat) and Tarta Doña Blanca (a cake with cream and honey).
The castle truly is one of the focal points of Sigüenza, and through your stay this Parador you have the opportunity to become part of the town’s stunning skyline.