Motorhome Travels – Chinchilla de Montearagón

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Not far from Albacete just off the A31 motorway is the beautiful medieval town of Chinchilla. Nothing to do with small fury rodents from Peru, this town is a fantastic stop-over when travelling across central Spain.

About the town

First things first, let’s talk about the name. “Chinchilla de Montearagón” sounds like it should be the protagonist in a medieval fantasy novel, right? Well, the reality isn’t far off. This town has roots that dig deep into the annals of history, with a name that rolls off the tongue like an incantation. Strolling through its cobblestone streets feels like stepping into a time machine – just watch out for the modern cars that occasionally remind you which century you’re actually in.

Dominating the skyline is the Castle of Chinchilla, a hulking behemoth of stone that looks like it was plucked straight from a medieval fantasy. Built in the 15th century, it stands proud on its hilltop perch, offering jaw-dropping views that stretch as far as the eye can see. Whether you’re a history buff or just someone who appreciates a good sunset, this is the place to be.

Down in the town, the narrow, winding streets are a delightful maze of whitewashed houses, cosy cafes, and shops selling local crafts. The vibe here is decidedly laid-back, with an undercurrent of rebellious spirit – after all, this town has seen its fair share of battles and sieges over the centuries. Grab a table at a local bar, order a glass of wine (or two), and let the ambience wash over you.

Chinchilla de Montearagón may not be the biggest or most famous spot in Spain, but that’s exactly what makes it special. It’s a hidden gem that promises adventure, a touch of whimsy, and a hearty dose of history.

Where we stayed

We stayed at the official motorhome aire in Chinchilla. A lovely area – but watch out as on Thursday is market day and you could find yourself trapped or asked to move on!

The location is at the bottom of the big hill that marks the start of the medieval town. A very steep slog, but well worth checking out! There is also a nice bar here, but it was closed when we visited.

All services are provided, except electricity, and best of all, everything was free.

Thank you to the beautiful town of Chinchilla for providing this motorhome aire. If you are in the area, travelling across the middle of Spain, check this out as you will not regret it!

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