Activities: What to do in Guadalajara?
Originally founded by the Ibers and named Arriaca, and then later conquered by the Arabs as a frontier fort, from which its name is derived.
Located on the Castilian plains, with long, hot and dry summers and long and tough winters, giving way to short and temperate spring and autumn; Guadalajara offers a great number of attractions linked to its fiestas and traditions
Parks and Natural areasGuadalajara has five major park areas:
- La Constitución Park with the Puerta de la Constitución at its entrance.
- La Concordia Park in the centre of the city.
- La Amistad Park.
- San Roque Park.
- Las Lomas Park
The city is also surrounded by natural beauty:
- El Sotillo, a recreational area next to Poblado de Villaflores and by the Cañada Real de las Matas
- El Clavín, with caves and a panoramic view of the city and the Vega del Henares
- Finca de Castillejos, a riverside forest alongside the River Henares
- Peña Hueva and Pico del Águila, between Taracena and Valdenoches
- Procession of the Apostles (Corpus Christi. from the 15th Century)
- Fiestas of the Virgin of La Antigua (8-IX)
- Exhibitions and Fiestas (middle of September)
Sports activities and active tourismGuadalajara offers surprising and spectacular settings for active tourism; a full range of multi-adventure activities await you in the region: trekking, bicycle tourism, horse riding, canoeing, climbing, white water rafting, parapente… a great range of opportunities within easy reach.
With companies such as:
- Active Tourism company Ecoaventura
- Active Tourism company Asdon Aventura
- Active Tourism company Molina Activa
CuisineThe diversity of cultures that have settled in these lands over the centuries has each left their mark on the culinary heritage and on the personality of each of the regions in the province.
Although each of the regions has its own specialities, throughout the province you will find dishes such as: garlic soup, breadcrumbs, oatmeal porridge, runner beans, “morteruelo” –especially in Señorío de Molina-, snails, pork, trout, roe deer –especially in las Serranías-, wild boar, rabbit, hare, partridge, quail, etc
Pastries in Guadalajara are also highly acclaimed, with a lot of them using honey: “Alajú”, “Arrope”, “Hidromiel”, etc... There are also exquisite desserts such as "Bizcochos Borrachos" – specially in the capital and Tendilla-, the "Patas de Vaca" –in Molina de Aragón-, "Crispines" –in Budia-, tarts and “Rosquillas” –especially in Brihuega-, pastries and cakes in Sigüenza, etc.