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Parador de Alcañiz

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  • Twin rooms (27)
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  • Capacity (70)
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Telephone
  • Central heating
  • Air conditioning
  • TV
  • Canal plus
  • Deposit box
  • Satellite
  • Minibar
  • Lift
  • Parking
  • Credit cards
  • Currency exchange
  • Garden
  • EV Charging Station
  • 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.
Please note the Parador now has facilities for charging electric vehicles, the cost of which is payable locally.

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 España - 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 España 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 20.30 to 23:00.

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


Aragon, which comprises the provinces of Huesca, Teruel and Zaragoza in located in north east Spain sitting on theFrench border. Northern Aragon is blanketed by the raw mountain peaks of the Pyrenees, the highest and, for many, most beautiful section of the mighty mountain range – a rare delight for the eyes and a massive natural adventure playground with not only Spain's finest hiking and climbing but also much of its best skiing, canyoning, rafting and paragliding opportunities.

Besides the Pyrenees, Aragón is dotted with natural parks, forests and swathes of countryside. These include Moncayo Natural Park; world heritage-listed Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park, the Sierra y Cañones de Guara Natural Park, known for its birds of prey; and the Valles Occidentales Natural Park, with its many rivers and a vast lake. Enjoy walking around lovely old mountain villages, ruined castles and provincial towns, contrasting with several modern resorts and the city of Zaragoza.

Further south, various other sierra ranges keep the topography varied, while the Ebro River, Spain’s second longest river, runs across the entire region.

Aragon is famous for its morcilla, a blood sausage which includes rice and pine nuts and is used in many hearty Argaonese dishes. Fresh trout, crayfish and cod are served in many different ways and a popular dish is Bacalao al Ajoarriero, salt cod flavoured with garlic, parsley and dried red peppers.

The green Aragonese plains are fertile so you will find many vegetable gardens and fruit orchards growing apples, cherries and peaches. Desserts are well spiced and for festive occasions candied fruits and marzipan are served.

One of the most characteristic dishes of Aragonese cuisine is roast lamb, known as ternasco, which is usually served with potatoes and little seasoning, relying on the meat’s good quality and juices to provide flavour.

Some of the region’s most well-known products include ham (jamón) from Teruel, olive oil from Empeltre, Arbequina olives, sweet varieties of onion, and unusual vegetables such as borage and globe artichoke.

Sweet Aragonese specialities are the guirlache (a type of nougat), Frutas de Aragon, also called Delicias de Aragon (a confit of fruit covered in chocolate) and Espanoletas (a type of local biscuit).

The best-known wines of Aragon are those from Carinena, Somontano (Huesca), Calatayud and Campo de Borja.

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. 

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