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Hotel Intur Alcázar de San Juan
Hotel Intur Alcázar de San Juan

Alcazar de San Juan

Alcazar de San Juan is a city located northwest of Ciudad Real, in the autonomous community of Castilla La Mancha, on the border with the province of Toledo. The culture and sightseeing offer of this wonderful region is wide and varied.

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Church of Santa Maria La Mayor

It’s the oldest church in the city, which in the thirteenth century became part of the Order of San Juan. With three bodies, Latin cross shaped and built in red sandstone, it’s a real mixture of architectural styles. The tradition says that in this church was named Don Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. In fact, in 1748 was found in it a baptismal certificate dated 1558 on behalf of Miguel Angel, son of Blas Cervantes de Saavedra and Catalina Lopez. This parish is located less than 2 km away from the Hotel.

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Palace complex of El Gran Prior

This medieval building includes: the Tower of the Gran Prior, Almohad tower built in the thirteenth century and formerly known as Tower of Don Juan José de Austria, which after its rehabilitation in 2008 has become a museum dedicated to the Knights Hospitaller of the Order of San Juan; the Cubillo, part of the wall that surrounded the palace; and the ancient Chapel of San Juan Bautista, which throughout history has not only acted as a chapel, but also as a prison, cemetery and museum.

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Parish of Santa Quiteria

This austere style building is dated the first stage of the Baroque or Classicist Baroque. This is a large building, made with red ashlars, whose façade takes its inspiration from the famous work of El Escorial. Built between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the church was declared of cultural interest in 1988. This parish is located about 1.6 km away from the Hotel.

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Cerro de San Antón

Located about 10 km away from the Hotel, Cerro de San Anton, also known as Mirador de la Mancha, offers a magnificent panoramic view of the area, as well as the chance to see the famous “giants” of Don Quixote: the eternal wind mills that characterize the landscape of La Mancha.

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Wine Roads of La Mancha

This is a thematic route around the wine, which passes through the towns of Alcázar de San Juan, Pedro Muñoz, Socuéllamos, Campo de Criptana, San Clemente, Villarrobledo and Tomelloso.

Alcazar de San Juan and Cervantes

There are some studies that believe that the author of Don Quixote may have been born in Alcazar, although this is in contradiction to the words of Cervantes, who, in the Algiers Declaration of 1580, said he was born in Alcalá de Henares. However, the works of Angel Ligero Mostoles suggest that the famous place in La Mancha whose name was not wanted to remember by Cervantes was in fact Alcazar de San Juan, although other theories point to different sites in the region.

Emblematic places

These are some of the places of La Mancha where we can enjoy the narration of Cervantes: the Albaicín Criptano (whose streets bear names associated with Don Quixote), the caves, among which the Cueva de la despensa (museum) and the Cueva de Mambrino (art studio); the Casa Museo de Dulcinea (former home of Doña Ana Martinez Zarco de Morales, Dulce Ana or “Dulcinea”); the Cervantes Museum (it houses an interesting display of various editions of Don Quixote, translated into several languages); Casa de Medrano (where it’s said that Cervantes began writing Don Quixote while a prisoner there); and Casa del Bachiller Sanson Carrasco, where it’s that lived that character, also known as the Knight of the Mirrors.

Quixotic gastronomy

Those familiar with the works of Cervantes, they will know that Don Quixote is full of gastronomic references, so it’s possible to “revive” this work from a culinary point of view, tasting the typical dishes of La Mancha cuisine of the Spanish Golden Age. These are some examples of quixotic gastronomy: duelos y quebrantos, pelusas, gachas (porridge), bizcochadas, migas, caldereta de cordero (lamb stew), pickled partridges or galianos, among others.

Monument to Don Quixote and Sancho Panza

Located at Plaza de España, this monument made of bronze is the work of Marino Amaya. Without doubt one of the most iconic monuments of the city. It’s less than 2 km away from the Hotel.