In Spain, the time of Siesta is well respected and practiced. It is that time of the day when the town shuts down for two to three hours, turning into a complete ghost town. That was the time of the day when we would drive from one city to the other (it will usually take us two hours to drive from one parador to another). We arrived to Alcañiz during the prime of siesta time. So we went to a local bar and order a few beers (tips are normally not expected when ordering food or drinks in these smaller towns). We then walked around the downtown area, admiring the colorful and picturesque sites so rich in history and culture. Do not miss the cathedral, situated in the middle of the plaza, right as you walk down from the parador. It is beautifully decorated and will give you a great sense of serenity.
This town is mostly visited by Spanish tourist. So we stood from the crowd in more than one occasion. However, I must say that the people in this town were by far the friendliest and most helpful of any other town we experience. On more than one occasion a local will go the extra mile to ensure that we found what we were looking for.
May 17, 2003
From journal Spain in 10 days- 3rd stop: Alcañiz