Route of the "Journey to the Alcarria"

  • Brihuega City Wall

This route follows the one taken in 1946, over 10 days, by the Nobel Prize-winning author, Camilo José Cela. The fruit of that journey was his famous book entitled "Journey to the Alcarria". Find the essential places to visit in this part of Guadalajara. Record your own steps.

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Route of the "Journey to the Alcarria"


  • Guadalajara. You can start in the provincial capital. It has enchanting palaces: the Infantado Palace and the Palace of the Mendoza family, the latter being considered the first fully Renaissance building in Spain.
  • Torija. An 18 kilometre journey brings you to this town, outstanding for its medieval castle. It also has the Guadalajara Province Visitor Centre and the Museum of the Journey to the Alcarria. Did you know that this is said to be the only museum in the world dedicated a book?
  • Brihuega. A detour of 18 kilometres will bring you to an area known as the "Garden of the Alcarria", because of its scenery of vegetable patches and gardens. It has Renaissance mansions, a castle and medieval walls and gateways that you will enjoy seeing.
  • Cifuentes. A journey of another 22 kilometres brings you to this town where we recommend you to see the colonnaded Plaza Mayor square and the mediaeval castle, built by the prince and poet Don Juan Manuel.
  • Trillo. It is worth seeing the waterfall and the Casa de los Molinos building. The surrounding area has the ruins of the old Monastery (not open to visitors). An interesting fact: this monument was sold in 1930 to the magnate W.R. Hearst.
  • Sacedón. From this point, the idea is to follow the course of the Tagus river for about 30 kilometres, passing the Entrepeñas and Buendía reservoirs (known as the "Sea of Castile"), and reach the village of Sacedón. In Córcoles, about another 6 kilometres on, stand the remains of the Cistercian monastery of Monsalud.
  • Zorita de los Canes. A journey of another 21 kilometres brings us to this place, with the ruins of a mediaeval castle and the interesting Recópolis Archaeological Park.
  • Pastrana Villa Ducal. A 12 kilometre journey brings us to this village noted for its Ducal Palace, where, by order of Philip II, the Princess of Eboli lived her last years as a prisoner.

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Route of the "Journey to the Alcarria"

Practical information

Total distance:
The suggested route is about 200 kilometres. However, you can add more stops along the way. While it is more traditional to do the route on foot, you can also do it by bicycle or car.

How to complete the route:
Walking, Bicycle, By car

Best time of year:

Tips and interesting facts:
Temperatures can be very cold in winter, so the best time for the route is spring, when the rivers and streams are overflowing. Wear comfortable clothing, suitable for rural tourism. As well as the monuments mentioned, the area has great scenery. You will find several vantage points with views of the rivers. Smell the aroma of rosemary and thyme. You can go sailing and canoeing on the "Sea of Castile". Arrange a trip to the Alto Tajo Nature Reserve. Some of the towns and villages, like Pastrana, hold festivals with medieval and Renaissance themes. They are also famous for their craftwork. For food, try typical local dishes like the shepherd's soup, "migas" (fried breadcrumbs with meat and peppers) "gachas" (a type of porridge) or "morteruelo" (pig's liver stew). And, of course, do not miss trying the star product: Alcarria Honey.

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