Alcániz is one of the main cities of Aragon in the northeast of Spain. With some of the most stunning examples of Renaissance and Gothic architecture such as the Church of Santa Maria Mayor, the City Hall and the Exchange. The most dominating feature is the 12th century Castle of Los Calatravos standing on the hill top of Cumbre de Cerro Pui-Pinos overlooking Alcániz. Built in the 12th century, it was the town’s main defense and housed the convent of the Order of Calatrava. 

Part of the castle was converted into a palace during the 18th century. This same section of the Castle has since been converted into a Parador.  

© Tom Lebsack 2016