Alcalá del Júcar, a monumental municipality with great tourist attraction

Spanish municipalities are becoming destinations, which have become even more valuable due to the pandemic. A choice that is usually based on wanting to go to a place not overcrowded, that allows to be outdoors and contact with nature and that has appeal. Three factors that are present in Alcalá del Júcar . This municipality was declared a Historic-Artistic Site and has numerous monuments of great interest.

What to see

One of the main tourist attractions in this La Mancha town is the Hermitage of San Lorenzo , which is located on a small mound on one of the river banks. The neoclassical style of its architecture is striking, which has had to be restored on various occasions.

In addition to the hermitage, in which is San Lorenzo Mártir , who is the patron saint of the town, you can see its bullring , which is among the oldest in Spain and also striking because it has an irregular shape. In fact, it is reminiscent of a Roman stadium.

Continuing with religious art, this town houses the Church of San Andrés . The truth is that it is a fairly humble temple, although its appeal lies in its history. It is believed that it was the place of worship of the rural population of this area at the time of the Christian invasion.

Architecturally, it stands out for its robust construction –it has the shape of a Latin cross- in which thick ashlars have been used that give way to very strong walls. Also striking are the two doors crowned by semicircular arches, as well as its main door that leads to the Hondonera slope .

The tour of the municipality takes us to the Castle , which is the first element that captures the attention of tourists who come to the town, since it is built on the side of the mountain protected by a defense tower from the time of the Almohads, having been built between the 12th and 13th centuries.

The monumental visit can be completed by seeing several bridges such as the Roman , which is in the central part of the municipality; that of Madera , which is surrounded by nature, or that of Tolosa , which is also located in an area with corners that are very charming and attractive for rural tourism.