Not the biggest parador…but certainly being established in the 11th century makes it one of the oldest. Driving in, left side, bottom, and curving up to the parking lot behind, you walk through an iron portcullis to the inside of the courtyard. The village it still guards is behind the tower. Notice the high ramparts ….you will see us walking around them shortly!
This Medieval Arab Fortress was an exceptional witness to the Reconquest beginning in the 8th century and it perfectly preserves and maintains the aura of Arabic influence.
The window just above the staircase was our room. It looked down On the small but lovely courtyard with tables, umbrellas, greenery….and a couple drinking wine! They were very friendly and asked us to join them. We did.
I told them what I had over heard from the concierge earlier talking to a customer: “Yes, you can go up to the battlements, walk carefully around the perimeter and please return the key.” And while we were there with Bert and Frie the couple with the key returned. Naturally, we ran and got the key for ourselves.
This is what we saw when we got to the top of the turrets. Leaning down we saw the River Jucar below circling the ramparts.
I could see Mike puzzling over what lie beneath us- or whether or not he was going to jump- but he looked puzzled by what he saw.
We found out later that it was set up for paddle boats, canoes, etc for taking short trips around the river.
Mike pondering jumping???
Bert and Frie added that we hand’t finished the wine yet and it was getting warm. Whoops, we were going down the stairs very quickly!
——The previous 4 photos were courtesy of Bert Haegemans.
Before meeting our friends for dinner Mike and I wanted to see the very old village the castle had guarded, and a very special church.
Walking through the village on the rough heuwn steps, you can see the church (dark brown at the very top) but it was locked. A native offered that it was rarely opened except for special events because of its antiquity.
The dinning room that evening was beautiful with excellent roast lamb! A bit crowded but this Parador can only accommodate 28 people.
We found out that our new friends were also moving on to the next Parador that we had reserved for 2 days- how wonderful!
To be continued– with the Parador de Cuenca.