Photo of Atienza

Visit Atienza

Atienza is in the province of Guadalajara in the Castilla la Mancha region.

Explore Atienza

Atienza is a pretty medieval town which sits around the base of a hill on the top of which are the ruins of Atienza's castle. The castle was built in the 12th century and though now in ruins the tall tower dominates the skyline in the surrounding area.

Atienza had its heyday in medieval times and often served as a safe haven for the kings of Castile. The town prospered until the 15th century and during the middle ages many churches as well as fortified walls and fine mansions were built.

The two main squares of Atienza are the Plaza d'Espana and the Plaza del Trigo and these are separated by an arch. Both are arcaded.

In the Plaza d'Espana is the town hall and the birthplace of Juan Bravo, a Castilian nobleman and important soldier in the War of the Communities of Castille

The Plaza del Trigo is home to the San Juan church and the Casa de Cabildo.


Wandering around the neighbouring streets with many charming half-timber buildings look out for the houses decorated with coats of arms, these belonged to the wealthy residents of Atienza in medieval times.

Among Atienza's many churches is the church of San Gil which is now home to a museum of religious art. The church of Santa Maria del Ray has a fine Baroque altarpiece. The San Francisco church is one of few English Gothic style churches in Spain.

Once you have explored the town you can walk to the top of the hill and visit the castle at the top. From the top of the hill you get lovely views over the surrounding countryside and you can climb to the top of the tower to get views over the castle as well as the plains and low hills of the Castilla la Mancha region.

Atienza sits on the route of the exile of El Cid and also the route of Don Quixote which links places mentioned in Miguel de Cervantes famous book. It is also on one of the pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostela.

Atienza is a National Historic-Artistic monument.

Places to visit near to Atienza

Siguenza with its lovely castle-parador and Romanesque cathedral is nearby. Penaranda de Duero is nearby and is a lovely village topped by the large castle of Penaranda.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Castilla-La Mancha guide.

See also: 

Map of Atienza and places to visit


Atienza places to visit

Penaranda de Duero

Penaranda de Duero

Penaranda de Duero is one of the nicest villages in Old Castile and it has a lovely Renaissance Palace and an imposing castle dating from the Reconquest.

Penaranda de Duero guide

...or see all our recommended places to visit in Castilla-La Mancha