The imposing walls of Torija Castle They welcome us to a magical experience with which we travel to the past and delve fully into the medieval history of the province of Guadalajara. This fortress in excellent condition is located in the town of the same name and has become an essential tourist visit in the zone.

This defensive building is not only one of the medieval castles in Spain that has been best maintained over the centuries, but today it houses an interesting museum dedicated to Camilo José Cela inside.

Czech, Guadalajara

The town of Guadalajara in the Alto Tajo Natural Park, which is full of Basque surnames

The history of Torija Castle

Torija Castle was always a strategic enclave, and it is located at a crossroads, a natural transit area towards Aragon. “After the conquest of the region of La Alcarria in the 11th century, the knights templar “were in charge of taking care of this step, raising and maintaining this important defensive watchtower,” Guadalajara Tourism explains.

Torija Castle.
Torija Castle.

The fortress played an essential role in the defense of the Kingdom of Castile. In the 15th century, in a context of constant wars, it was conquered by Navarrese troops, but was later reconquered by the Marquis of Santillana, 11th lord of Mendoza. Thus, it remained in the hands of one of the branches of this family, the Suárez de Figueroa y Mendoza, counts of Coruña and viscounts of Torija. Furthermore, it stands out that notable figures such as Kings Charles V and Philip II.

Years later, during the War of Independence, the castle was occupied by the French troops of General Hugo, the father of the novelist Victor Hugo, and later blown up by order of Juan Martín “El Empecinado”. This guerrilla was sheltered there and wanted the place to fall into the hands of the French. “After many years in ruins, the building was rebuilt in 1962currently being property of the Provincial Council of Guadalajara,” they point out.

Torija Castle.
Torija Castle.

From the Travel Museum to Alcarria to CITUG

The most striking element of Torija Castle is its incredible tower of tribute. Today, it hosts the Museum of the Journey to Alcarria, one of the most relevant works of the Nobel Prize in Literature Camilo José Cela. The center exhibits everything from the writer’s personal belongings to maps used on his journey through Alcarreña lands, such as a facsimile of his notebook used on the trip.

On the other hand, inside the fortress we will also find the Tourist Interpretation Center of the Province of Guadalajara (CITUG) in the parade ground. Distributed over three floors, it has exhibitions on the fauna and flora, the monumental heritage, black architecture, traditional festivals, crafts and gastronomy of the province.

Tourist Interpretation Center of the Province of Guadalajara (CITUG).
Tourist Interpretation Center of the Province of Guadalajara (CITUG).

Visiting hours and prices

The entrance to Torija Castle is free, but it is necessary to make a prior online reservation. Regarding hours, it is open from Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and on Sundays and holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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The abandoned castle in Guadalajara surrounded by forests and with impressive views

How to get to Torija Castle

He car ride from the city of Guadalajara to Torija Castle is only 15 minutes on the A-2. Right in front of the fortress we can leave the car in a large parking lot.

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