Alcaraz and its attractions

Alcaraz is a Spanish municipality and town in the province of Albacete, in the autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha.

Main attractions

Plaza Mayor

Declared a Historic-Artistic Site by Decree of December 28, 1945. It dominates the historic-artistic site of Alcaraz. It is an irregular rectangle, with arches on three of its sides (the fish markets).

It has a uniform Renaissance style, with a very clear Italian influence, which makes the ensemble exceptional. It is made up of the following buildings:

  • Church of the Holy Trinity
  • Torre del Tardón
  • Lonja de Santo Domingo
  • Lonja de la Regatería
  • City Hall.

Church of the Holy Trinity and Saint Mary

This Gothic and Renaissance church dates from the 14th and 15th centuries. It is the only parish that remains of the twelve that existed at the time and is currently the archpriest’s seat. Its compound name is explained by the union of the newest of the Alcaraceñas parishes of the Santísima Trinidad, with the primitive one of Santa María, which was located within the walls of the fortress.

Torre del Tardón

The Torre del Tardón rises on the border with the Lonja de Santo Domingo. It stands right next to the Torre de la Trinidad and forms the best-known image of Alcaraz.

Lonja de Santo Domingo

In the purest style of the Italian ‘loggia’ of the ‘cinquecento’, it constitutes the rest of the old convent of this name. This fish market has five arches, and an upper gallery with a huge coat of arms of Philip II stands out above the central arch.

Lonja de la Regatería or Corregidor

With two galleries of twelve arches each.

Alhorí Town Hall or fish market

It is the current City Hall building. It consists of two galleries of five arches each.

Alhorí

The portal of the Alhorí rises on Calle Mayor, adjacent to the City Hall palace. It is of plateresque style. It is a semicircular arch flanked by carved columns and topped by architectural elements that are also elaborately carved. It is possibly the most attractive and important monument in the city. It is the work of the Alcaraceño architect Andrés de Vandelvira.

Alcaraz Castle

The castle of Alcaraz is known to exist in the 11th century, although it could have been built a century earlier, first as a watchtower that controlled the Guadalmena valley and later as a fortified citadel.

Alcaraz aqueduct

The Alcaraz aqueduct stands at the entrance of the town, on the existing pass between the San Cristóbal hill at the foot of the castle and the Santa Bárbara hill (where the monument to the Sacred Heart of Jesus currently stands). It is one of the most characteristic monuments of Alcaraz.

Castle of Cortes

The castle of Cortes is located on the outskirts of the municipality of Alcaraz. It dates from the 13th century (1222); with reforms in the 18th century. It is very renovated. It belongs to the Catholic Church and is intended for the celebration of religious acts. Access is free. It is protected by the generic declaration of the Decree of April 22, 1949, and Law 16/1985 on Spanish Historical Heritage.

Royal Monastery and Sanctuary of Cortes

The sanctuary of Cortes is located on a dominant hill to the northwest of Alcaraz, four kilometers away from the town. Its name would come, according to popular tradition, the fact that the Cortes of Castile and Aragon came in this area in 1265, on the occasion of the meeting between Alfonso X of Castile and Jaime I of Aragon.

Festivals

  • San Antón: January 17. Weekend immediately after.
  • Medieval Festival: last weekend of May.
  • Mays in honor of the Virgin of Cortes: April 30 and May 1.
  • Patron Saint festivities: from September 4 to 9, in honor of Our Lady of Cortes.
  • Pilgrimage of Our Lady of Cortes: May 1, August 26 and September 8.
  • The patron is Saint Ignatius of Antioquia, whose feast is celebrated (Ortus Ordo) on February 1. Novus Ordo on October 17.

How to get to?

From Albacete 1 hr 9 min (81.8 km) via A-32

Main information

Area: 370 sq. km (municipality)

Coordinates: 38°39′58″N 2°29′26″W

Population: 1 342

Languages: Spanish

Currency: Euro

Visa: Schengen

Time: Central European UTC +1

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