Historic Gems in Amazing Locations
The first luxury Parador hotel was built in 1926, the brainchild of King Alfonso X111 in a bid to use quality tourism as a guardian of the national and artistic heritage and to assist the poorer regions of Spain. They are still run and administered by a state owned company.
Today 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. Below are some of the best Paradors in Spain.
The term luxury is often used when referring to the Parador chain of hotels and the ideology behind them was to offer very comfortable accommodation at a relatively attractive price, prices vary from around 95€ to 200€ for a Standard double room per night, which by international standards is very reasonable indeed.
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 Canary Islands and the beautiful Sierra de Grazalema in the heart of Andalucia.
Due to the privileged locations of each Parador 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.
Parador de Alhambra - Granada
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 sat alfresco on the picturesque summer terrace.
Parador de Ronda - Andalucia
The spectacular Parador de Ronda is located in the heart of the Andalucian countryside boasting a stunning position overlooking the magnificent Tajo de Ronda gorge.
Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast before setting off for a day of sightseeing in Ronda, a perfect town to walk and discover the historic sites and local attractions. town. There are plenty of typical local tapas bars and quaint restaurants within walking distance of the hotel.
Parador de Chinchon
The Parador de Chinchon Convent is a picture postcard hotel ideally positioned in the middle of the town of Chinchon close to Madrid. Rooms at the Parador de Chinchon Convent are decorated in traditional style, are spacious and comfortable, the décor blends perfectly within such a historic monastery building. The immaculate gardens are perfect for a stroll with the outdoor areas all captured in the locally sourced honey coloured stone.
Parador de Lerma
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 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 just a 40-minute drive away.
Parador Cangas de Onis
The Cangas de Onisc Parador is located in the heart of the picturesque region of Asturias in northern Spain surrounded by the lush green Asturian countryside. The ambiance and service are second to none. For dining you can indulge yourself in one of the chefs creations who is renowned for using only the best locally sourced ingredients. Famous Asturian dishes are cooked with a twist and include fresh seafood game and local beef dishes.
Parador de Santo Estevo
Parador de Santo Estevo is located in Nogueira de Ramuín near the city of Ourense within the stunning green lands of Galicia in North West Spain. Guests here enjoy unique historic surroundings, amazing gastronomy and the beautiful Galician countryside. The facilities are first class and include a spa centre, Turkish steam bath and gymnasium. The hotel offers 77 well-appointed rooms that are accompanied by a range of first class facilities, There are also honeymoon suites available. Guests staying are treated to a unique dining experience at the on-site restaurant.
Parador de Cuenca
The Parador de Cuenca is located in the city of Cuenca in the province of La Mancha. Situated close to Cuenca Cathderal, the hotel is an ideal base to explore the local area and attractions. Guest enjoy a superb setting with all the amenities to ensure a perfect stay within the historic surroundings. The Cuenca Parador houses both a restaurant and a bar where guests can unwind of an evening with dinner and a drink. A wide variety of cafés, restaurants and shops can also be found close by.