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Parador Alarcon

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An 8th Century Arab Castle transformed to a 4 star hotel in La Mancha, Spain

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This 8th Century medieval castle is perfectly preserved and will take you back in time to the middle ages.
Restaurant in Parador Alarcon
This fortress, now the Parador of Alarcon, is located on a promontory looking down over the fertile plain of the river Jucar.

Steeped in history, this medieval castle has seen many sieges and revolts. It was founded by the Muslims in the 8th century and was then captured by King Alfonso VIII in the 12th century. It has been home to the Marquises de Villena and later, the home of the famous writer Don Juan Manuel.

From the battlements, the keep and the main tower "Torre del Homenaje" there is an interesting view of the triple defensive walls echoing back to the past. However, the main defence of the castle was its location. It was protected from assault because it is perched on the edge of a ravine with the river Jucar forming a natural moat on three sides as it flows down the ravine.

Reopened to the public in 2003 after months of work, emphasis has been placed on the austerity of the building which is in keeping with its great history. A military theme is reflected in the decor and rich Castillian wood combined with a mix of modern and classic have transformed this Parador.

Lounge at Alarcon ParadorYou will also see fine examples of the works of painters such as Tapies, Redondela, Sempere, Amadeo Gabino, Alvaro Delgado, Martinez Novillo and Menchu Gal decorating the walls of this Parador, once the home of the Marquis de Villena.

The Parador group serves regional dishes in their restaurants and have a gluten free menu. The Parador de Alarcon is on the boundary of the La Mancha and Levante regions and the local dishes are based on the meat of the young lambs and goats of the herders and the game shot by the local hunters.

Local regional dishes are:

"Morteruelos", hot meat pate;
"Zarajos", cured ham and tripe;
"Cordero en caldereta", lamb stew;
"Gachas de mortas", pork based dish;

Another regional speciality are the sweet almond sauces (suspiros) for which the Alarcon and Alaju regions are famous. bedroom at Parador de Alarcon

Excursions can be made to the Embalse de Alarcon, Belmonte and Ciudad Encantada.

Another interesting visit is to the Cassasimarro craftsmen who specialize in handmade guitars, lutes and bandurrias.

The Parador Alarcon has four twin bedded rooms and ten double bedrooms. All have private bathroom, television and telephone.

The Alarcon Parador is air conditioned, has heating, lift, restaurant (Gastrobar), bar, currency exchange, parking facilities (without security and limited places), garden and conference facilities.

Distance from the nearest airport is approximately 132 kms, train station is 86 kms away and the nearest port is 175 kms away.

The traditional restaurant is now closed. Meals are served at the 'Gastrobar' with an informal but complete offer. Breakfast and event services will still be served at the Parador.

Pets are not allowed.

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RACK RATES
2014
Rates in Euros
Standard Double superior Junior Suite
All Year
248301354
Breakfast included in room rate                 Lunch or Dinner 0 per person per day

Rates are per day, per room, for 1 or 2 persons and include tax
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Golden Days Up to 10% discount on accommodation and 30% discount on breakfast for guests aged 55 years or more
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2 Night Special Up to 15% discount on accommodation and 20% discount on half board for 2 nights stays in the same Parador

 

Directions
Parador Alarcon
Avda. Amigos de los Castillos, 3
16214 Alarcon, Cuenca
Latitude: 39° 32' 47.58" N (39.54661047387258)
Longitude: 2° 5' 2.0034" W (-2.084054946899414)
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Nearest Paradores
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Distance in Kilometres
Direction
Cuenca 86 North
Albacete 90 South
Chinchon 153 West
El Saler 186 East

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Guests' Comments
Comment posted by Miguel & Suzanne
2014-04-09 08:27:31
What else can be said about this one? Its awesome, stunning architecture (and history) sticks out well above all other Paradores we know, quite a few by the way. Great service (very friendly, diligent and helpful at all times) and very good food, absolutely noting to complain about. By comparison, the restaurant in the hotel across the street has beautiful settings but their service is a mess, very unprofessional and unable to cater to more than 3 tables at the time. Surroundings are beautiful and impacting, but a bit lonesome, in the middle of nowhere, but if this is what you look for... In any case it is worth a (long) detour to experience this marvel. Don't miss it!
Comment posted by Katia et J-Jacques SAULO
2013-10-20 20:16:24
Nos trois enfants étaient émerveillés. Ils ont dormi dans la suite du parador et bénéficiaient de tout l'étage y compris la terrasse. Ils étaient comme des rois ! de notre chambre également la vue était magnifique. le personnel à l'accueil et au restaurant ont été à la hauteur de nos attentes. Vraiment un séjour d'une nuit mais nous nous sommes promis de revenir pour plus longtemps. Ce parador est exceptionnel par sa situation géographique et son architecture.
Comment posted by Halyna Barylak
2013-07-12 21:48:57
Stayed here in 1972. Sheet magic and amazement. Got stuck in the turret elevator with a suitecase. Narrow and clostrophobic. Otherwise, an incredible stay. There wasn't much varienty of menue at that time. The popular drink was a half and half red and white vermouth with lemon wedge on the rocks. The town surrounding was primitive. Curious children (boys mainly) running the streets after tourists wanting gum. Homes were courtyard style and closed off from the street. Quiet!!! Nice for trecking. The interior walls were still all stone. WE had a 2nd level turret room, small but comfy. The window was a narrow tunnel through the stone wall with iron grate at the end. Did not offer much of a view. Loved it, loved it.
Comment posted by tim and Penny cox
2012-10-22 20:45:44
We are great fans of Paradors and Alarcon is a joy. What makes it so special is it's size - so tiny and the dramatic location. The staff were great and couldn't have been more helpful. Our room was clean comfortable and stylish. We ate in a local restaurant 5 minutes from the Parador. Local food, local wine, which we thought was reasonably priced. We had a great evening chatting to local people - which was fun as we don't speak Spanish but everyone was charming. The breakfast very good served with a smile. Alarcon is definately one for the to do list,
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