stayed in the castle at Alarcon and had a great meal. Due
to the popularity of the location, we were only able to get a
room for one night, so we decided to change our booking in the
next Parador, Jaen, and switch it for another day in Granada as
there was much more to see. We were told by the front desk
at Alarcon that there was a battlement walk at the crest of the
castle, all we had to do was request the key. So, we did
and headed up the stairs to see what was there.
The photos below are what we saw.
battlement, we had an unobstructed view of the surrounding
area. To the north, in the canyon, we could see another
mirador that was part of the Alarcon ruins.
got a clear view of the second part of the Alarcon reservoir
system. This check dam allows river water to be diverted
into a tunnel that heads south.
aqueduct tunnel and bridge are visible in the center of the
photo above. Also visible are the first two gates to
looked down upon the third gate which was directly below us.
We had a
clear view of the upper tower of Alarcon. Our room is
behind the arched window.
upper tower had grates for the soldiers to stand on that also
allowed them to see what was happening directly below them.
two beams were part of a porch that was outside our window;
these look to be "original equipment".
battlement, we also got a clear view of the main cathedral in
closer look at the aqueduct bridge-tunnel we could see the spoil
from the tunneling operations dropped along the canyon walls.
headed out and came to the Alarcon Dam, so we stopped to check
it out. The water level seems to be down quite a bit.
is designed to produce hydroelectric power, but given the lack
of water flow, it did not seem to be in production.
traveled on the road for about 3 hours until we reached our
original destination for the day which was the Parador Jaen.
Rather than staying there, we decided to just stop for lunch and
a look around and devote several days to Granada. This is
the bar area.
was a large tapestry on the wall. Notice that the seats
underneath the tapestry are church pews.
the dining room with awesome vaulted ceilings and huge
chandeliers. In contrast to the other paradors that we had
visited, this food was just "ok" and a bit of a disappointment.
a sign at the entrance to the castle.
bit of history. Note that the other, older castles were
"salvaged" for material for the current Parador.
the towers on the north side of the castle.
view of the northern part of Jaen. Note the high-density
housing but open areas beyond. We surmised this was due to
the owners of the olive orchards not being willing to see their
land because of the revenue. So, if the city cannot build
out, it will build up.
was a large cross at the end of the ridge with a 270 degree view
of the city of Jaen.
cross, we could see into Jaen and spotted this huge
structure. I am not sure what it is, a school or a
municipal building perhaps.
also see the main cathedral in Jaen. This is a very large
visible was the Jaen bull ring as well as other churches.
is complete without seeing an "appropriate" off-road
vehicle. While not a Unimog, this truck does
qualify. This truck is part of the Andalusia fire
service. This truck is 14 ton (metric) capacity, a bit
heavier than Thor, but the chassis is also shorter.
thing that seemed odd was the really low rear bumper.
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