spent the night in Tortosa and had a great time. Next
morning, we had breakfast and loaded to go on to our next destination:
Alarcron. It was a significant drive, but the roads were
The photos below are what we saw.
the winds of the previous day, the winds were calm. The
calm conditions provided a mirror-like surface on the Ebro
river was calm enough for us to get nice reflections of the
loaded our stuff into the car and headed out on Auto Piste 7 to
the south toward Valencia. Along the way, we spotted many
interesting things including this cathedral in a road-side
town. This is a crop of a 35mm photo shot from our car "at
started paying attention, we noticed that there were plenty of
small castles along our route of travel. Some were in
acceptable shape, others were dilapidated and run-down.
This was a pretty large structure.
castles turned out to be numerous, and these were only the ones
we could see from the road.
looks to be more of just a mirador (watchtower) rather than a
mirador is round.
traveled a significant distance and then we came upon
Alarcon. This was the real deal, in every
way. Built by the Moors in the 8th century, it is located
on an ox bow of the river and is a very hearty
fortification. But, hearty or not, it was destroyed by Alfonso
VIII in the 12th century after the war between the Christians
and Arabs. Later, in the 14th century, it was rebuilt by
Don Juan Pacheco, Marquis de Villena. The current
structure is as Don Pacheco left it. The photo above
is from a turn-out on the highway that provided a view from an
Alarcon is a daunting structure with high walls and
the mirador where the previous photo was taken. Note the
style of the lower window versus the upper window. The
upper window clearly shows the Moorish influence.
mirador, we could see the access gate to Alarcon.
opposite direction, I could see Steve and our rental car parked
on the lip of the canyon.
entrance tower to Alarcon was impressive. Note the
vegetation growing on the face of the walls.
the canyon, we could see yet another mirador that guarded the
booked some great rooms in the castle. There were only 15
rooms, and our room was magnificent.
modern fixtures in an ancient structure.
nice tub area. The Parador system does a great job with
from our room down into the court yard.
on the left was the actual entrance to the castle.
decided to walk around the village and got to see yet another
mirador across the canyon. That said, there are minimal
windows for a "mirador".
Further down the river was another mirador. The wall, while dilapidated, once blocked the path by the river-side
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