After a morning at the Castle of Molina de Aragon (see previous post), we hopped in the car for the two hour drive to our next destination: Alcaniz. Alcaniz is a medieval town on the banks of the Guadalope river; its hill-top castle was renovated into a beautiful hotel in the early 20th century. In an effort to promote Spanish tourism, the government invested in the restoration of countless castles, palaces, and monasteries, creating a chain of luxury hotels across the country.
The Parador de Alcaniz offers a complete vacation experience including multiple restaurants, entertainment, and a bit of history. But first, here's a look at the hotel's renovated interior:
After checking in, we headed across the castle courtyard for a tour of the historic tower.
After our dose of local history, we freshened up for dinner in the hotel's main restaurant.
Feeling very full, we made our way down to the terrace in the castle courtyard for a sangria and an instrumental string concert.
If you're planning a trip to Spain, I highly recommend staying at one of the Paradores. You can find them all over the country and they offer a truly unique and luxurious travel experience. Each one is a little different and gives you a glimpse into the flavour, history, and culture of the local region.
For more information on the Paradores visit: http://www.parador.es/en