Alcañiz is a small town about halfway between Toledo and
Barcelona. Its main attraction is the parador- a government
run hotel which is usually situated in a castle, monestary, or other
restored historical building. The Parador in Alcañiz was a 12th
century castle, built on a hilltop overlooking the town. Driving through
the narrow streets of the ancient part of the village and up the steep
narrow path to get to the castle was definitely more driving excitement
then we've ever seen in Michigan.
The outer walls of the castle.
The main gate.
The inner walls and the courtyard.
The hallway leading to the guest rooms.
Views from our room window:
One morning there were storks flying outside our window.
The mountainside between the castle and the town had been terraced
and turned into a public park. The terraced gardens had a system of
small canals and dams that could be used to water the plants and
trees, although it looked like they had recently moved to a modern
A frog fountain.