Hotel La Concordia
This three star Parador is on the hill top of Cumbre de Cerro Pui-Pinos.
It became the seat of the Order of Calatrava in 1179.
In earlier times the castle formed the natural defence of the town. The original keep, and bell tower - sacristy have been preserved and an area was converted to an Aragonese Palace in the 18th century.
A plaque in the Parador Alcaniz shows that in 1410, Martin the Humane, who was king of Aragon, Catalonia, Valencia and Mallorca, died without an heir. The noblemen met to discuss the rights of the various Pretenders to the Throne.
Members of Parliament were also involved and took two years to come to a decision after consulting various Ambassadors, in particular those from Castile, France, Sicily and the Vatican. In 1412 agreement was reached and 'La Concordia' was signed with Fernando I becoming king of Aragon. Hence the name of this Parador.
This proved to be a wise choice, his descendents became some of the most famous names in Iberian history.
In 1728 Prince Philip converted part of the castle into his palace and this area became the Parador in 1968.
The position of the castle dominates the landscape of the Maestrazgo
region and has centuries old houses clustered at the foot of the hill.
In the original rooms the ceilings are 12 foot high and the walls three feet thick. Some rooms have views over the old roofs to the terraced fields below and the river.
The dining room has a high beamed ceiling and a large fireplace that was needed in earlier times to keep the room warm in winter.
The restaurants of the Parador group offer a mix of international and
regional dishes.and have a special gluten free menu. The regional specialties of this Parador are :
"Huevos a la Alcanizana", egg dish;
In the town of Alcaniz, the places to visit are the Excolegiata, the Gothic paintings in the Torre del Homenaje, the Medieval "Pasadizos" (corridors), the City Hall, and the Gothic "Lonja" (marketplace).
The International Aragon Festival is held in July and August.
The Alcaniz Parador has twenty seven twin bedded rooms, seven double bed rooms, two bedrooms with sitting rooms and one easy access bedroom.
Each room has a telephone, television, TV canal plus, safe and mini bar. The Parador is heated and has air conditioning, elevator, currency exchange, parking facilities (without security and limited places), garden, conference facilities, wireless internet, restaurant and bar.
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Castillo Calatravos, s/n
44600 Alcaniz, Teruel
Latitude: 41° 2' 54.2034" N (41.048498570914504)
Longitude: 0° 7' 54.588" W (-0.13260841369628906)
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|Comment posted by Donna Green|
|We had just started on our Paradores journey and this one was an excellent start. Absolutely everything we thought a Parador was. We had a basic room reserved and we were offered an upgrade for a few euros to the 2 story apartment in the touret. Well worth the charge. Beautiful views from two large windows where we sat enjoying our drinks. The food was excellent. Looking forward to our next Parador.|
|Comment posted by nick Vanderborgh|
|We stayed just one night at Alcaniz, not long enough. The place is wondrous, an old mansion (castle). This stop was the first on our five-night card, a great deal. Our room was great. These Paradores have been operating for decades, and the bathroom, for example, is not like "modern" hotels. Think like a five star in 1970, everything you need, everything working perfectly. The room was excellent, the bed comfortable. The public spaces were unusually grand. The place is just set up for spending time in large, elegant public spaces. Obviously a design that played better before our addiction to TV and the internet. Breakfast was excellent. There were so many good things presented it was a real challenge to select. I wanted to eat everything, but of course that was not healthful or practical. But certainly good. The staff at Alcaniz was perfect. Everything we asked was instantly taken care of. And the entire hotel was spotless. This is one of those places that is really hard to leave. We are amazed about the value of these Paradores. We continue to think they are not only the best deal in Spain, the value for money is world-class.|
|Comment posted by Jerry Woods|
|We stayed at this Parador in April 2014 upon arrival we found the staff very pleasant and helpful especially as I have an 80 year old companion who is wheelchair bound and they went that extra yard to make our stay enjoyable. We found the food to be of the best quality and the restaurant staff were most attentive. The rooms were very comfortable and we had views over the town and surrounding countryside. Overall a very enjoyable experience|
|Comment posted by Pete|
|This was one of our stops along the way and turned out to be our favorite place to stay. The staff was friendly, the meals were delicious and the views of the countryside and village from atop the hill were fantastic. Certainly one of the highlights of the trip!|
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Luxury Parador hotel in a twelth century castle in Alcaniz.