With the Roman ruins of Segóbriga behind us, we were on the road again. We pulled over maybe an hour later just outside of Alarcón. Remember now, Gregorio and I were on our way to his parents' house in Oliva (near Valencia) from Madrid. It should have only taken between 3-4 hours by car, but we were en route the entire day!
That's because Gregorio had many stops planned that I was never made aware of, but it was a fantastic day with gorgeous sights in this country I love so much.
So we parked the car near the entrance to Alarcón.
|The car looks a little out of place, no?|
We ate a picnic lunch outside of the car, with a gorgeous view of the town's 8th century medieval castle, el castillo de Alarcón.
The blue-green body of water just outside of the castle's town made the enchanting sight ever so pleasant for the eyes.
|Picture thanks to wikipedia|
While driving into the small town to get a closer look at the castle, Gregorio decided he wanted to be the driver and the photographer. The picture I captured below was a common site throughout our drive. Although this was taken on a quiet street, he did this on the busy highways leaving Madrid too! (It's okay parents, I survived)
|Multitasker? I think not.|
The castle was converted into a Parador hotel in 1963. Parador builds hotels throughout Spain in buildings that have historic, artistic, or cultural significance.
We went inside the hotel for a coffee and tea, and then it was back to the road. Next destination? I had no idea.