Paradors in Spain
Stay in a luxury Historic Hotel and Paradors in Spain
The first luxury Parador hotel was built in 1926 and created by King Alfonso X111 in a bid to use quality tourism as a guardian of the national and artistic heritage of Spain and to assist regions that had fewer economic resources.
There are around 90 Paradors scattered all over Spain and can be found in the most privileged locations such as Castles, Palaces, Fortresses, Convents, Monasteries and other historic buildings. There are also a few modern Paradors , built in traditional style, in areas of outstanding and captivating beauty.
The Paradors are one of the few pluses to have come out of the Franco era and although the term luxury is often used when referring to Parador chain of hotels and the ideology behind them was to offer very comfortable accommodation at a relatively attractive price, prices vary from round 95 to 138 Euros for a Standard double room per night, which by international standards is very reasonable indeed.
These luxury and historic hotels can be found from Galicia in the North West through Catalonia to Andalusia in the south of Spain, the Canary Islands and in the Spanish cities in North Africa.
They have a commitment to environmental protection with their many restoration projects, helping maintain both the natural and cultural heritage of Spain. Most of Spain’s national parks either have a Parador inside or close by and include the beautiful nature reserve of Donana in Huelva, the Picos de Europa National Parks, Cazorla Nature Preserve, Parque National del Teide on the Canarie Islands and the beautiful Sierra de Grazalema in the heart of Andalucia
Due to the absolute privileged location of each Parador they really are unique places to stay and if your driving or plan to visit the whole of Spain you will never be more than a few hours drive from each one.
Each Spanish Parador restaurant offers a menu based on the traditional dishes of the region where they are situated, accompanied by some excellent local wines. Some of Spain’s finest chefs oversee the cuisine and a table d’hote menu is always available at a very affordable price.
One of the most enchanting Paradors in Spain is the one located in the gardens of the Alhambra Palace in Granada. A former convent built on the orders of the Catholic Monarchs, this monumental complex offers guests gentle strolls around the city, whilst the building itself invites them to discover a fantasy interior mixing Moorish and Christian features.
Some of the rooms have exceptional views over the Generalife, the Secano gardens and the Albaicine, whilst the classical furnishings and many portraits mark the decor of interior spaces. Andalucian gazpacho, Sacromonte omelette and Santa Fe pionono cake are on offer under the coffered ceiling of the dining room or the fresh summer terrace.
Our pick of the top Paradors in Spain
Reviews:“Excellent service – Very modern – Large rooms ” very Good – 8.5
Situated in Cangas de Onis is the historic Parador, located within easy driving distance of Parres. There is an air or tranquillity at the beautiful Parador de Cangas de Onis is surrounded by the lush green Asturian countryside. The ambience and service are second to none. For dining you can indulge yourself in one of the chefs creations using only the best locally sourced ingredients. Famous Asturian dishes are cooked with a twist and include fresh seafood game and local beef dishes.
Location: Lerma -Burgos
Reviews:“Tasty breakfast – Wonderful views -Large rooms ” Very Good – 8.5
The Parador de Lerma occupies a stunning 17th century building in central Lerma near Burgos in Northern Spain. Rooms at the Parador de Lerma are large and comfortable and large, with romantic honeymoon suites available.
Some of the interesting features include a collection of medieval manuscripts, the salon of Luis I De Borbon, and an extraordinary statue of the Coronation of the Virgin.
Burgos Airport is only a 40-minute drive from the Parador de Lerma.
Location: Lerma -Burgos
Reviews:“Stunning pool – Great location -Superb dining ” Superb – 8.6
The Parador de Chinchon Convent Houses is a picture postcard hotel ideally positioned in the middle of the town. Rooms at the Parador de Chinchon Convent are decorated in traditional style and are spacious and comfortable.
The décor blends perfectly in this historic monastery building. The immaculate gardens are perfect for a stroll with the outdoor areas all captured in an awesome honey coloured stone.
Location: Ronda – Andalucia
Reviews:“Wonderful views – Good value -Tasty breakfast ” Fabulous 8.9
The spectacular Parador de Ronda is located in the heart of the Andalucian countryside. The location is stunning situated overlooking the magnificent Tajo de Ronda.
Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast before setting off for a day of sightseeing in Ronda. This is a prefect place to walk and discover the historic sites around the town. There is a large selection of typical local tapas bars and quaint restaurants. Setenil de las Bodegas is located a short drive away from the hotel and the famous Marbella resort on the Costa del Sol is only a 40 minute drive.