Posada del Moro
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hill partly surrounded by canyons. It makes some of the lists of most beautiful
villages in Spain. Naturally, the town has an impressive castle now used as a
parador (luxury hotel). The Wikipedia article on the town includes historical
population data. Alarcon now has around 150 residents, down from over 1,000 in
1960. Now that’s rural depopulation! And it shows in the nearly deserted nature
of the ...
... in a small part of Spain we did not know much about, between Cartagena and Alicante, inland from Torrevieja. We approached it with some trepidation, particularly as the last few hundred yards was down a very bumpy farm track. However it turned out to be a very pleasant six pitch site with basic but adequate facilities. The others who were staying there were all long term overwinterers, regulars who come back ...
... OK, there are eleven other rooms but we are on top of a hill with stunning views. And it is a real castle! It is fiesta weekend so RL and BE found a marching band and followed them. Such fun, we then found a great bar (yes really) where we had two glasses of wine and two beers for a fiver. We like this place! Dinner in a local restaurant - meat all round and there you have it. That is Day 2 in a bit of a nutshell! Onward and southward ...
We woke up and found a little surprise for us on the dining table. Alba has left a nice message for us thanking for the Lego Man, and in exchange, she gave us 2 little figurines she had. How lovely. :) And Eva had also written us a nice message and left us with her home made jams. We knew she was selling those, but we didn't expect to receive them as gift... We were both very grateful and happy that we chose ...
... 14th century by Juan Pacheco, the Marquis of Villena, in the structure as it stands now. It is a tiny castle, with only 14 guestrooms. Each room is dedicated to someone - ours to Juana of Castilla, whose succession rights were seized by Isabel, "The Catholic".
We've walked the ramparts on top of the castle walls, (in the rain), and are looking forward to a wonderful dinner in the medieval dining room.