Parador de Alcañiz Information

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Parador de Alcañiz

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Facilities

  • Twin rooms (27)
  • Double rooms (7)
  • Room with living room (2)
  • Capacity (70)
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Telephone
  • Central heating
  • Air conditioning
  • TV
  • Canal plus
  • Deposit box
  • Satellite
  • Minibar
  • Lift
  • Parking
  • Credit cards
  • Currency exchange
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Sauna
  • Airport (105km)
  • Station (26km)

Parador de Alcañiz - Medieval Convent-Castle (3*) 

The Parador

Steeped in history, this Parador incorporates a castle-convent built in the 12th–13th century and an 18th-century Aragonese palace. In 1179 the Order of Calatrava, the first military order founded in Spain, was awarded the castle of Alcañiz and surrounding estates in gratitude for their services against the Moors. The great historic complex stands foursquare on a hill above the old town and the River Guadalope, dominating the surrounding landscape of the Maestrazgo and is visible from afar. The local tourist office operates guided tours on weekends in Spanish and sometimes in English, to visit the original castle and convent structures. You can't help but be impressed by the calm tranquility and the ornate stone design of such a domineering and imposing fortress.


Alcañiz's Parador, with its mixture of Gothic and Baroque styles, includes the old cloisters, a great dining hall and a secluded garden, with spacious parking all around. The interior of the hotel is decorated in soft, orange-tinted shades, and features wooden beams and furniture. The restaurant offers comforting Aragonese cooking, such as various lamb dishes, Huevos a la Alcañizana (eggs with ham, sausage and roasted red peppers), Tortas de Alma (pumpkin-filled turnovers), and Almendrados (a dessert made from egg whites and toasted almonds). The Parador de Alcañiz also has a cafeteria bar, set opposite the reception and full of atmosphere, for lighter meals, snacks, aperitives and digestives.

Local area

 
You can stroll down into the town for a drink before dinner or for shopping, and the small tourist office on the main square - Plaza de Espana - is worth a visit. You can still access parts of the tunnels which used to run up to the castle and connected the churches of the town, as well as the original ice cellars, directly from the main hall of the tourist office. A small charge is made for this tour, but it is fascinating to be able to enter these mysterious tunnels and to discover more about life in Medieval times. 

The castle and the historic buildings around the Plaza de Espana are the main areas that you will want to visit, but Alcañiz represents a very typical Spanish provincial town and it is enjoyable to see and experience how life is, here today.
 
For motor enthusiasts, the nearby Motorland of Aragon is a new racing circuit used by Moto GP and various racing bodies for top level car and motorbike racing.   

Click here for Lorna Robert's expert view on this Parador as she journeys through Aragon.

Restaurant meal times & typical dishes

Breakfast is served from 8.00 to 10.30 and dinner from 20.15 to 22.30.

It may be possible to arrive up to 22.00 and still enjoy a meal.

The restaurant offers comforting Aragonese cooking, such as various lamb dishes, Huevos a la Alcañizana (eggs with ham, sausage and roasted red peppers), Tortas de Alma (pumpkin-filled turnovers), and Almendrados (a dessert made from egg whites and toasted almonds).

Visitor Comments

G. Yeatman
Gloriously spectacular. This former castle/convent afforded splendid views in every direction, with sumptuous surroundings for three travellers in comfortable accommodation with courtesy and a friendly atmosphere. We shall visit again.

How to get there

The Parador is located at the top of the Cerro Pui-Pinos, at the foot of which the 'city of squares' spreads out with porticos and narrow streets with balconies maintaining its medieval charms. Alcañiz is located 105 km from Zaragoza along the main N-232 road towards Madrid, and 65 km from Morella, on the road to Castellón de La Plana.

Nearby Hotels

Tortosa - 100km
Benicarlo - 160km
Teruel - 169km
Calahorra - 244km
Barcelona Airport - 190km

Region & Cuisine

Please be aware of the following:

  • 'Special Offers' are subject to the availability of a number of rooms per night and/or a specific meal basis.
  • Age restrictions apply to the 'Golden Days' Offer (for those aged 55 and over) and the 'Young Persons' Offer (for those aged between 18 and 30). All reservations made using these tariffs are checked upon your arrival at the Parador(s) booked to ensure that at least one person in a room qualifies for the restricted tariff. In the case that you do not qualify for the restricted tariff, the Parador will apply the standard rate without exception and you will be required to pay a supplement locally. However only one person (per room) needs to qualify for either of these two reductions.