A nice place in Guadalajara (Spain).
Versión en Español.
"La Alcarria es un hermoso país dónde la gente no
le da la gana ir". "Travel to Alcarria", C.J. Cela, Literature Nobel Awards.
It means "The Alcarria is a nice country where people do not want to
go". Really I do not know why. The Alcarria is an undiscovered country.
Tendilla is placed in the Alcarria (Province of
in the middle of Castilla,
Spain) being the landscape, its closeness to Madrid (80 km), the fresh
air and the cultural scene some reasons to visit
Tendilla. If you want, you must take
Hiway N-II from Madrid to Barcelona,
at Guadalajara take Road N-320 and follow it until the first village.
You are in Tendilla.
is in a mountainous area, with a nice landscape and
many places for trekking. It has a pine forest and a small water meadow.
has not been too much modifyed by the man. And beacuse of
the hills and mountains we do not need air conditionning in summer.
Physically Tendilla is located in the bottom of a narrow and long
valley between mountains (like a "long pork sausage").
Typical food are lamb, goat, honey (one of the best is the honey of
Alcarria) and typical "bizcochos borrachos" (cakes with sweet vine, fantastic).
Tendilla was a part of the homeland of the Conde (Earl) of Tendilla
Mendoza dinasty, very important from the XIV to the XVI
Centuries: politics, war-mans, poets and lovers, Lords of Santillana,
Tendilla and Manzanares
). Here, there was a very important
wool, spices, craftmanship and market meeting) at the end of February,
from the XIV Century until the beggining of XX Century. Traders from
outside Spain came at the XVI Century to this Fair.
Because the winter rain (it may snow) and cold, this Fair was placed under
means a colonnade (but in Tendilla is 2 km
long!) to cover up the Fair. Some colonns are made in stone, some in wood, and
most of the houses are covering the street by "soportales".
In the Middle Ages there was a jews quarter, a moorish quarter and many
industry. The expulsion from Spain of the jews and moorish, Sucesion war
(about 1710), Napoleon war (1809) and filoxera pest (against grapes)
become the Alcarria (and Tendilla) poor. From 600 houses and 2800 people in
XVI Century, population becomes 165 houses and 752 people in the
XVIII Centiry. Now
cattle and turism are the main richness of Alcarria.
Very close to Tendilla we found archeologic ruins, as the old
Convento (monastery) of
of Santa Ana. There was a
castle and you may see in the main square of Tendilla the not finished
(XVI to XVIII Centuries), a Barroque Palace (XVIII century) in
the main street, some old houses with
coats of arms and the old fountain
of the Mendozas, made in stone. Visit the
Many of the stones of the old castle and convents were "recycled"
many years ago by the people of Tendilla and can be seen in
the front of some houses,
the colonnery ("soportales") or inside the houses.
Even, the altarpiece of the Convento de Santa Ana was sold
and now is in the
Cincinnati Art Museum (USA). The mausoleum of the Counts
of Tendilla was moved and now is at San Gines Church in Guadalajara
A funny thing happened to the Literature Nobel Award C.J. Cela in his travel
around the Alcarria. He was bitten by a dog in his leg and bitten by a duck
in his ass. However, the food he eaten was very good and he has a happy
There are an antiques shop, furnitures shop, ceramics and pottery
shop, car repairing, public pool, Cakes and Sweets hand made shop,
ham and sausage factory, three restaurants, some spanish-pubs
and two little hotels.
If you want to watch some pictures of Tendilla, click-on where you want:
From the sky, looking from East to West and
from the Nort hill loking toward South.
From the South hill looking toward North and
from the Water-Tank looking toward West.
Tendilla: Historia y Arte. Antonio Herrera Casado.
Aache Ediciones (1994).
- Tendilla: Crónica de un Tiempo Pasado. Víctor Vázquez
Aybar. Author's edition (2003).
- Monasterios Medievales
de Guadalajara. Antonio Herrera Casado.
Aache Ediciones (1997).
- La Alcarria. J. Serrano Belinchón. Ed. Everest (1988).
- "El paisaje de las Alcarrias de Horche". Miguel Agulló Alonso,
Wad-al-Hayara vol. 10 (1983) pag 257-279.
- Antonio Pérez. Gregorio Marañon. Espasa-Calpe (ed. 1958).
- Guadalajara y Baroja. José Esteban. Ediciones Rayuela,
- Viaje a la Alcarria. Camilo J. Cela, 1948. Col. Austral de Espasa
Calpe (primera ed. 1952).
- Nuevo Viaje a la Alcarria. Camilo J. Cela, 1986. Obras Completas.
Ed. Destino (1990).
- Patrimonio Desaparecido de Guadalajara. José Luis García de Paz.
Aache Ediciones (2003).
Good bye. Have a good trip. Please, come back.
Written by J.L.G. de Paz /
Original version, January 1996.
Last modification October, 5th 2003.
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