From the most beautiful villages of Spain today we will visit Alcalá del Júcar. Yes, a small municipality in the province of Albacete that stands on a powerful rock. It stands out for its great historical patrimonies such as Ermita de San Lorenzo, Cueva del Diablo (Devil’s Cave) and Plaza de Toros (Bullring). But above all, for its imposing castle, a fortress of Islamic origin that has become one of its main attractions.
Alcalá del Júcar has just over 1000 inhabitants. And during weekends or holidays, the arrival of tourists outnumbers the residents themselves. Despite being an extremely small town, it is an essential destination in the autonomous community of Castilla La Mancha. Its people, its traditions, its customs and gastronomy call, and a lot.
To get to know this town of white houses and narrow streets, don’t miss the opportunity to take a free walk. Enter their territory and discover why this town has aroused the interest of hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
What to see and what to do in Alcalá del Júcar?
Once you have stepped on the ground in Alcalá del Júcar, start to walk around the village and get to know its people. Let yourself be surprised by its streets and take pictures of everything you want. The first thing you have to do is take part in the water route, which is well known in the municipality and highly valued by visitors.
Visit the Puente Viejo and enjoy one of the most amazing views of Alcalá de Júcar. The Plaza de Toros is an unmissable place, which is why it must necessarily be included in the list of places to see. Similarly, the Cueva del Diablo (Devil’s Cave), formerly used as the customs centre of the town.
Go up to the castle. From there you will have the privilege of enjoying one of the best views of Júcar. Your visit to this region should include a visit to the Church of San Andrés; but also, to the beaches located next to the river Júcar, a delicious place, especially in summer, to sunbathe and swim a bit.
Take advantage of your stay to carry out leisure activities available thanks to the tourist offer that has grown in recent years. Test your skills in rappelling and bungee jumping. But also enjoy a fun rafting through the tributary or a day camping if you travel with children.
Where to eat?
It’s time to eat. And yes, after a day of intense walking you will need to recharge your batteries. What better way than to taste delicious local dishes in good restaurants! Here is our selection:
It is a good place to eat delicious and at a good price. El Mirador stands out for its excellent service, comfortable atmosphere and exquisite dishes prepared with quality products. During the nights it guarantees a spectacular view towards the population, making it one of the most recommended restaurants in the area. You will find it at the following address: Calle Morrón s/n, 02214.
This is one of the best recommendations. Avejúcar Restaurant is one of the best in the area because it offers a varied menu, good seasoning in their meals, quality service and a pleasant atmosphere. There is no doubt that it is a good option to pamper the palate. It is in Calle de San Roque s/n, 02211 Tolosa.
If anything has characterized Elia Bar in recent times is its elegance. But it also stands out for its good tasting menu, friendly treatment and quality service. The relationship between quality, quantity and price is one of the strong points of this restaurant. It is located at Carretera de Tolosa, 02210.
Where to sleep?
In Alcalá del Júcar there are plenty of accommodation offers as well as leisure and recreation activities. But next, we will emphasize hotels and rural houses of greater popularity and reputation, thanks to the valuation made by the guests.
Rural Houses Los Olivos
If you want to stay in one of the best accommodations then book at Casas Rurales Los Olivos. It has a shared outdoor swimming pool, super comfortable rooms, houses in a prestigious camping resort, free Internet access and other high-end services.
Casa Cueva de la Prima Esther (Esther Cave House)
It is a real option in Alcalá del Júcar to spend quiet nights. Imagine sleeping in a cave house in the area. It is definitely a dream come true. It has two bedrooms, kitchen with all utensils, flat screen TV and an equipped bathroom. Make your reservations in advance.
It is quite cozy and a true alternative if you travel to Alcalá del Júcar to enjoy a weekend. It has a bedroom, living room, equipped kitchen, flat screen TV, among others. The receptionist can inform you about the activities available in the village on request. Generally speaking, it is a worthwhile option.
How do I get there?
Getting there is easy if you decide to travel by road. From Albacete you will have to take the N-322, which will take you up to 1 hour. If you leave the city of Madrid, you could roll a time span of 3 hours through the A-3.
It is also possible to start the trip from Alicante. Take the A-31 until you reach the town of Almansa, and from there take the road to Albacete.
The A-31 is an essential road for those who start their journey from the city of Valencia. You will take the course until you reach Requena and from there you will go directly to Albacete. This trip will take 1 hour and 30 minutes, on average.