Genuine traditional Manchegan cuisine
The gastronomy of the Parador de Alarcón is based on the traditional cuisine of Cuenca. It tastes of Manchegan stew, morteruelo (pork liver stew), pickled partridge, pisto (similar to ratatouille), sheep cheese and the famous Manchegan wines.
A journey back to the Middle Ages
The cosy restaurant of the Parador del Castillo de Alarcón is located in the lower part of the 8th-century castle. Decorated with elegant tables, diners can enjoy beautiful views of the river Júcar from the windows in its thick stone walls and immerse themselves in a journey through time to recall the sensations experienced in this same space by medieval knights during their lavish banquets.
Type of kitchen
Lomo de orza (conserved pork), ajo mortero (purée of cod, potatoes, olive oil and garlic), morteruelo (pork liver stew) and cheese ice cream.
A medieval lookout over the river Júcar
The castle of Alarcón dates back to what was probably a pre-Roman fortification that was later converted into a Moorish citadel. In 1184 it became a Christian stronghold. Most of the building is Gothic in style, except for the Renaissance keep, and is built around a small interior patio with a water cistern.
The castle is surrounded by three lines of defensive walls that link it to the other fortifications of the town of Alarcón. It still has the old external walled courtyard, which is now home to the Parador gardens and car park. One of the most famous owners of the castle was Don Juan Manuel (1282-1348), known for his book “El Conde Lucanor”.