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Parador of Alarcon

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Parador de Alarcon in Cuenca, Spain was built in the eight century as a Moorish fortress

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A room at Parador de Alarcon in Cuenca, Spain

Situated in the ancient village of Alarcon above the Jucar River, Parador de Alarcon is a spectacular eighth-century Moorish castle. As a fortress that witnessed and survived many a siege and conquest throughout the centuries, it has been meticulously renovated with a military theme. Rich red accents and Castilian wood warm what could otherwise be too ascetic interiors, and stone walls and ceilings provide an immediate sense of history. House cuisine — described by the hotel itself as not for the faint of heart — showcases medieval specialties from La Mancha, including hunting season favorites such as salt-cured venison and stewed wild boar with acorn liqueur. Hiking, horseback riding and wine tasting are among the many activities the area has to offer.


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