The Stunning Paradors of Spain

Europe - Editor - 09 November 2007

The Stunning Paradors of Spain

The Paradors of Spain should rather be seen as a discovery chain, than a hotel chain. They are known to be some of the best hotels in Spain, and it is their locations and luxury accommodation that sets them above the rest. Spread across the vast countryside of Spain, every parador provides visitors with a unique experience. Every parador is different, and for those who want to travel through Spain in luxury, you should consider staying at any one of the ninety-one paradors of Spain.

Each parador was built centuries ago and adds romance, mystery and an air of charm to the constructions. Ancient monasteries, manor homes, fortresses and medieval castles have been renovated and refurbished to offer guests the best in luxury accommodation. What makes these hotels in Spain even more intriguing, is that they all have their own history, stories of love, war, passion and heartache; bringing the past to life. Others are located on magnificent estates or with the backdrop of breathtaking natural beauty. Exploring Spain and its heritage has never been more rewarding or elegant than starting from within the walls of the paradors of Spain.

For instance, the Parador San Marcos was home to valiant knights, known as the Order of Santiago, and was later used as a monastery. Stone staircases and cast iron décor still adorns the building with medieval extravagance. Parador de Pontevendra was the first inaugurated parador, but was built as a palace in the 16th century. From the windows of the Parador Granada visitors can look out over the Alhambra gardens. Parador Ronda offers stunning views over Europe’s oldest bullring. The courtyard of Parador Jarandilla de la Versa was were Emperor Charles the Fifth found peace and tranquility in his life. Some paradors are located next to or in close proximity to nature reserves and national parks, such as the Parador Arcos de la Frontera, Parador Cadiz and Parador Mazagon being near the Donana National Park, Parador Bielsa near the Monte Perdido National Park and visitors to the Parador Cazorla being able to enjoy hikes through the Cazorla Nature Reserve. The fourteenth century Parador de Caceres was constructed to be an Arab fortress, and the Muslims constructed the Parador de Jaen as a fortress in the tenth century.

With their own part of Spanish history embedded into their structures, the paradors of Spain have cemented themselves as leading hotels in Spain. They provide guests with the magnificent experience of staying within the realms of ancient times, romantic eras and historical moments, while enjoying the luxury and grandeur that has been created by combining modern technologies and original artifacts from the past.


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