The waters of the Júcar River are ideal for fishing. The river slows as it passes Alarcón, flowing through many delightful spots, and encircling and protecting the town’s former fortress. Santa María Church is a must-see and features one of the best preserved Renaissance altarpieces. Castañeda Palace, the Alarcón Mural Painting Center for Contemporary Art, Don Juan Manuel Square and Santo Domingo de Silos Church are other sights you will want to visit.
Hiking through the Alarcón Gorge will take you to many beautiful locations. There are two wonderful options: a long-distance footpath following the route of the Júcar River, and a short-distance footpath that skirts Alarcón, offering lovely views.
180 km from Madrid and 170 km from Valencia, this is an ideal spot to spend a weekend and get away from it all. All you have to do is get out of the city and relax, Alarcón and our Parador will take care of the rest.
The castle was originally built by the Arabs in the 8th century. In the 12th century, it was partially destroyed when it was conquered by the troops of Alfonso VIII. In the 14th century it was reconstructed by Juan de Pachecho, Marquis of Villena, giving it the appearance we see today. The castle keep has six double rooms, one of which is a half suite.
Unique features: Candy Bar & Sweet Treats (candy, cupcakes, cakes, etc.), Cheese Station, Gin & Tonic Station.
Are there churches nearby? Yes
How to arrive
From Madrid via the A-3, take exit 166 (Honrubia). From Valencia, take exit 212 (Motilla del Palancar). Continue on the N-III until the Alarcón exit at km 187. The Parador is located in town.