The province of Guadalajara is made up of four well-differentiated natural regions: La Alcarria, La Campiña, Las Serranias and Señorio de Molina.
La Alcarria occupies more than a third of the province, its entire centre and southwest. Plains that are located around a thousand meters of altitude coexisting in stages with protruding hills and mountains, steep slopes and lush river valleys that make up the peculiar geographical personality of this region, known worldwide thanks to the universal work “Viaje a la Alcarria” (1946), by the Nobel Prize winner Camilo José Cela.
La Campiña is the smallest of the regions that make up the province of Guadalajara. La Campiña, the lowest in altitude in the entire province (650 meters) is characterized by being an area of wide river terraces that make up rich countryside where cereals, vegetables and fruit trees are grown. Its main towns are Marchamalo, Cabanillas del Campo, Alovera, Azuqueca de Henares, Yunquera de Henares, Fontanar, Humanes, Uceda and El Casar, a spectacular viewpoint of the mountains of Madrid.
The Serranias occupy the entire northwest of the province of Guadalajara, with an area close to 3,000 square kilometres. A good part of this vast region is occupied by the Sierra Norte de Guadalajara Natural Park, which occupies the northwestern quadrant of the province with its 117,898 hectares. Its rugged topography is made up of a mountainous complex that includes various mountain ranges and massifs, such as the Pico del Lobo-Cebollera massif, the Sierra de la Tejera Negra (La Buitrera), the Sierra de Alto Rey, and the Sierra del Ocejon.
In addition to the medieval and historical Siguenza, the young squire city, the municipalities of Valverde de los Arroyos, Majaelrayo, Campillejo and Campillo de Ranas stand out as important enclaves of Las Serranias. These are emblematic locations of the so-called Black Architecture of Guadalajara, one of the best-preserved examples of popular architecture in Europe.
The Señorio de Molina closes the provincial geography with an area of about 3,000 square kilometres, constituting a region with a very marked historical and geographical personality. Since 2000 it has been declared a Natural Park of Alto Tajo (176,265 hectares). Located in the Iberian System, it is located between the most southeastern part of the province of Guadalajara and the northeastern part of Cuenca.
Another of the most picturesque areas of the Señorio also deserves special mention, such as the Barranco de la Hoz, which has been drilled by the Gallo River in a spectacular way over the centuries. At the foot of the escarpments is the beautiful and hidden Sanctuary of Nuestra Señora la Virgen de la Hoz, a true religious symbol of the entire region.
The province has infrastructures with direct access to the main international markets. Guadalajara has more than 30,000,000 m2 of industrial land, of which more than 6,000,000 m2 are available and distributed in more than 22 municipalities, where logistics occupies a privileged role.
Currently in the territory there are more than 13,274 established companies, many of them being the most relevant companies both nationally and internationally in the agri-food, logistics, pharmaceutical or chemical sectors.
Guadalajara presents great growth opportunities. The main key factors are its strategic location in the region, its infrastructures and equipment, as well as the high demographic and business settlement. The great development and growth experienced throughout the last decades has made Guadalajara one of the most thriving provinces in Spain, positioning itself as a preferred destination for the establishment of companies.
In 2019 Guadalajara was the first province of Castilla-La Mancha in number of exports and imports, closing with a balance of 2020.4 and 5,513.4 million euros respectively. The activity rate of the province in the second quarter of 2020 is the highest in Spain (61.1%), according to the National Institute of Statistics.
Guadalajara is interconnected in the Peninsula with an optimal communications network:
By road: it has highways such as the A-2 and R-2 that allow fast and direct communication with the cities of Madrid, just over 50 km away, Zaragoza and Barcelona. In addition, it is also connected to the A-1, which allows you to access the northern part of Spain.
Railway Networks: the infrastructures developed in its railway network allow Guadalajara to connect people and goods, both from Europe and from other parts of the Spanish geography, with its city. One of these infrastructures is the high-speed train network (AVE).
Airport: the geographical proximity to the capital also allows it to have the Adolfo Suarez Airport, 30 minutes away, as an international gateway.
Dry Ports: intermodal logistics infrastructures have been developed such as the Dry Port of Azuqueca de Henares and the “Guadalajara Transport City”, located between the municipalities of Marchamalo and Guadalajara.
Ports: thanks also to its location and its communications network; Guadalajara is located less than 3 hours from major seaports.
The province of Guadalajara stands out for its high quality of life and respect for the environment. Guadalajara has a great cultural tradition reflected in its festivals of national interest, such as the Hita Medieval Theater Festival and the Caballada de Atienza.
In addition, it has world-famous gastronomy with the inclusion of several of its restaurants in the Michelin guide and incomparable places for ecotourism activities with 16 protected natural spaces with a total area of more than 235,000 hectares. Among them are the Sierra Norte Natural Park, the Barranco del Río Dulce and the Hayedo de la Tejera Negra.
Guadalajara is carrying out several innovative strategic plans to promote economic and business growth in the region, in the short and medium term.
Exports in Castilla-La Mancha exceed 7,000 million. At the provincial level, it ranks first in imports as the province with the greatest dynamism in the entire region, with a volume variation of 13.2%.
The greater dynamism of the labour market is also transferred to household consumption. Guadalajara is the second province of Castilla-La Mancha with the highest increase in domestic consumption.
The province of Guadalajara is located in the centre of the Iberian Peninsula, located just over 50 km from Madrid and 300 km from the coast, giving it a perfect strategic location for any sector, especially logistics.
The province of Guadalajara is connected to Madrid and Barcelona by road, commuter train and high-speed train. Guadalajara has access to the main airports, dry ports and seaports in Spain.
Guadalajara has more than 6,000,000 m2 of available industrial land spread over more than 22 municipalities, where logistics play a privileged role.
Guadalajara, in the heart of the “Corredor del Henares”, constitutes a great growth opportunity. The main key factors are its strategic location in the region, its infrastructures and equipment, as well as the high population settlement and business establishment.
Guadalajara has its own Campus of the University of Alcalá de Henares, a benchmark in Social and Legal Sciences, Engineering and Architecture, Health Sciences and Education. In addition, the new degree studies in Logistics and Biomedical Engineering will be taught.
At the forefront in the production of wind energy and with a high growth in the generation of photovoltaic wind energy, Guadalajara is an example of respect for the environment and also has three natural parks.
The province of Guadalajara reached the record number of 470,000 overnight stays in 2017. Stays in rural accommodation have increased by 24%, placing it at the head of the provinces of Castilla-La Mancha.
The growth of the sector, the higher price of housing and the proximity to Madrid, have made the land increase its value and the construction sector resume the path of growth in the province of Guadalajara.
The city of Guadalajara, European City of Sport 2018, will host 231 sporting events, with 8 international sporting events taking place in the capital, 25 nationally and 198 locally. A participation of more than 250,000 people is estimated.
Guadalajara is home to some of the most relevant national companies in the agri-food, logistics, pharmaceutical or chemical sectors, among many others.
Another added value of Guadalajara is the existence of the Provincial Confederation of Entrepreneurs, the main social agent of the province’s economy, and the European Centre for Business and Innovation (CEEI), as the nucleus of entrepreneurship and business creation in Guadalajara.
The regional government of Castilla-La Mancha has approved a series of support measures for the business network. Those who meet the requirements and purposes set out below can benefit from such aid.
These aids are:
Order 170/2020, of October 21, of the Office of Economy, Business and Employment, which establishes the regulatory bases for aid to support modernization, innovation and increased competitiveness in the tourism sector in Castilla-La Mancha as a consequence of the health crisis caused by COVID-19, and the call is made for 2020. Extract BDNS (Identif.): 530743. [2020/8761]
It establishes the regulatory bases of aid to support modernization, innovation and increased competitiveness of the tourism sector in Castilla-La Mancha as a result of the health crisis caused by COVID-19, as well as making the call for 2020.
The purpose of this program is to support the improvement of the tourism sector to favour the development of a quality tourism offer, more competitive and safe, oriented to customers and the market, in order to adapt to the new post-COVID-19 reality.
Decree 74/2020, of November 17, which regulates the direct granting of subsidies to stimulate the consumption of tourist services, due to the health crisis of COVID-19. Extract BDNS (Identif): 534042. [2020/9699]
Its purpose is to regulate the direct granting of subsidies aimed at promoting and encouraging the consumption of tourist services in the Castilla-La Mancha region.
The subsidies are intended to promote the promotion and commercialization of initiatives to stimulate the consumption of services by private consumers, provided by the tourism sector of Castilla-La Mancha, in order to contribute to the development of the destination and the business competitiveness of these sectors.
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Decree 77/2020, of December 7, which regulates the direct granting of subsidies for the insertion of young people in the labour market in sectors of activity included within the Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy 2021 and within the framework of the Operational Program for Youth Employment 2014-2020. BDNS Extract (Identif): 538474. [2020/10770]
Its purpose is to regulate the direct granting of subsidies for the formalization of employment contracts of no less than six months, their transformation into indefinite contracts or initial indefinite contracts with young people registered in the National Youth Guarantee System, in sectors of activity related to green economies, circular economy, sustainability, ecological transition and / or digital development.
Their purpose is to facilitate access to employment for young unemployed people in the Autonomous Region of Castilla-La Mancha in strategic sectors of activity, providing them, at the same time, through orientation actions, with tools to increase their future employability and improve their quality in job performance.
Resolution of 12/17/2020, of the General Directorate of Tourism, Trade and Crafts, announcing the aid aimed at the recovery and strengthening of the retail trade of Castilla-La Mancha in the face of the health crisis caused by COVID-19 , for fiscal year 2020. Extract BDNS (Identif.): 540085. [2020/11117]
Its purpose is to announce the aid destined for the recovery and strengthening of the retail trade of Castilla-La Mancha in the face of the health crisis caused by COVID-19, for the year 2020, in order to promote, reactivate and strengthen the retail business of the region, consolidate the existing business network, stimulate employment in the sector and increase its competitiveness and profitability.
Order 151/2020, September 8, of the Office of Sustainable Development, by which the regulatory bases are developed and the call for the incentive program for efficient and sustainable mobility (Moves II program) is approved. Extract BDNS (Identif.): 523238. [2020/6395]
Develop the regulatory bases and announce by 2020 the public aid aimed at actions to support mobility based on criteria of energy efficiency, sustainability and promotion of the use of alternative energies, including the provision of electric vehicle charging infrastructures, which are contained in Royal Decree 569/2020, of June 16, which regulates the incentive program for efficient and sustainable mobility (Moves II Program) and the direct granting of aid from this program to the autonomous communities and the cities of Ceuta and Melilla, developed at the request of the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge.
Order 40/2019, of March 4, which establishes the regulatory bases of the aid -Adelante Inversión-, for the promotion of investment and the improvement of business productivity in Castilla-La Mancha, 80% co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund. [2019/2267]
Its objective is to establish the regulatory bases for the concession, under the competitive call for proposals regime, of aid to promote investment and improve productivity in Castilla-La Mancha, aimed at business projects promoted by SMEs.
Their purpose is to provide financing to companies to start a business project, their incorporation into the business network of Castilla-La Mancha and the improvement of their productivity, all by making productive investments, improving processes and manufactured products in the region, the differentiation of these from the competition and the opening to new markets to achieve the consolidation of the business network in the region.