A featureless and uninspiring highway connects Barcelona and Madrid. People drive their cars through this expressway like androids, willing to go from point A to point B as fast as they can.
This way of travelling is very useful if your target in life is to be a productive person. But if your target in life is to enjoy your life, or simply if you have no target at all in your life, I´d propose to you an alternative route from Barcelona to Madrid (or vice versa), spending one overnight in the village of Alcañiz.
So, my dear bohemian reader, follow Covetotop in this slow, unproductive, very little known and immensely charming alternative route between the two most important cities of Spain. We are about to cross the southernmost part of the old Kingdom of Aragón, including its Matarraña Region, also known as the “Spanish Tuscany”.
It is a land of beauty and mystery, striped with olive trees and vineyards, surrounded by pine-covered mountains and dotted with medieval little villages. In other words: this is just another hidden treasure disclosed by Covetotop for the joy of his millions and millions of kind followers worldwide.
(I take for granted that my millions and millions of kind followers are able to spot on a map or GPS the following villages and to figure out the route I am talking about)
Our trip starts by the beach of Barcelona.
Now say goodbye to the Mediterranean Sea and take the highway just for a while, direction Reus/Tarragona. Then, get out of the highway and cross the village of Gandesa (or stop here for a while and buy some outstanding local wines) and drive directly to Calaceite.
This comfortable and mysterious hotel (owned by the State and strictly protected) has a plethora of authentic Gothic murals, a Tower of Homage, a Romanesque church, an Aragonese Palace, a gardened patio and quite a few phantoms (webpage: www.parador.es)
A little further from Molina de Aragón, you will join the serious and productive androids that are driving their fast cars from Barcelona to Madrid through the A-2 highway. By then, the only difference between them and you will be a happy smile on your face.