There is a great variety of accommodation options for those visiting Spain but a Parador hotel is surely one of the most outstanding.
Paradores are a chain of government-backed luxury hotels. It was in 1910, during the reign of King Alfonso XIII of Spain that the idea of creating a hotel network to provide accommodation for tourists and to encourage Spanish tourism industry emmerged. It was King Alfonso XIII himself who personally chose the location for the first parador hotel in the Gredos Mountains. This first establishment, Parador de Gredos, was inaugurated on the 9th of October 1928. Since then, Paradores spread over the entire country and nowadays the network includes 93 establishments.
Many of these paradores are former castles, manor houses, fortresses, palaces, convents and monasteries. These historical architectural structures have been restored to preserve their original charmand elegance. Parador-Museum is a new project which has been recently set up to let guests get to know their historical, artistic and architectural richness. Guests will be able to go through key places inside the Parador and be given in-depth knowledge of its history, its art and even the legends told about it.
At the same time Paradores are fully-equipped so you will not miss out on the service/amenity of a luxury hotel and your absolute comfort will be guaranteed. Besides, most of these establishments are located in landscapes of spectacular beauty so you will relish the natural environment too.
There is one more aspect that should be taken into account: their restaurants. They pride themselves on regional cuisine and wine and promote Spanish astonishingly rich culinary culture.
If you would like to stay in one of these Paradores and experience unique and high quality accommodation, please do not hesitate to contact Sankara DMC Spain. We will be pleased to send you a proposal. We offer these hotels at very affordable prices compared to international standards.
Here is a list of some of the most popular Paradores:
Parador de Chinchon (Madrid). Founded by the Lords of Chinchon in the 17th century, this former Augustine convent houses is of monumental character set in the old town of Chinchon, with its emblematic main square (Plaza Mayor). Cypress trees, roses and wild privets in the garden give a beautiful appearance, complemented by the marvellous cloister and softened by the blue water in the pool.
Parador de Alcala de Henares (Madrid). This newly opened hotel is located in AlcalĂˇ de Henares, Madrid, only 26 km from the capital city and 20 km away from Barajas International Airport and IFEMA. It has 128 guestrooms. Parador de Alcala de Henares is housed in a magnificent 17th-century building, the former Santo Tomas Dominican Convent and School. It is one of the city's landmarks along with Hosteria del Estudiante, in the former Minor School of San Jeronimo, founded by Cardinal Cisneros in 1510.
Parador de Toledo. On the hill called Cerro del Emperador by the river Tajo, this hotel in Toledo offers an unequalled panorama of the monumental silhouette, with its greatest jewels, the Cathedral, the Alcazar and the synagogues.
Parador de Gredos (Avila). The Gredos Mountains have housed this stone building since 1928, the first Parador, surrounded by crystalline waters, rough rocks and green pine forests.
Parador de La Granja (Segovia). Located 11km from Segovia, a World Heritage City in the heart of the Guadarrama Mountains. The new Parador de La Granja is living proof of the rich architectural legacy of the Royal Site. It is composed of two buildings. This exclusive setting has 16 meeting halls of different capacities, to host over 600 people. In addition, it is equipped with a full set of state-of-the-art technical and audiovisual devices.
Parador de Cardona (Barcelona). The Hotel is located on a headland in a 9th century fortified enclosure, alongside the 11th century Minyona tower and an 11th century church with characteristic features from the surrounding Catalan Romanesque. Its location provides exceptional panoramic views over the city and the fertile lands bathed by the River Cardoner.
Parador de El Saler (Valencia). A must for golf lovers thanks to the 18-hole golf course, the Hotel is seen as one of the best in the world. The large comfortable rooms - some with sea views - are an invitation to relaxation. Located on the coast, there is also a fantastic spa where you can relax, an outdoor pool and a grass football pitch.
Parador de Jaˇvea (Alicante). The Hotel is situated in the beautiful city of Javea to the north of the Costa Blanca and is bathed by the waters of the Mediterranean. It provides the ideal location for water sports and is surrounded by a vast sea that rivals the beauty of the hotel garden filled with palm trees, bougainvilleas and other tropical plants surrounding the magnificent swimming pool.
Parador de Malaga Golf (Malaga). Experience the Andalusian atmosphere at this hotel. Enjoy the sea, the golf, culinary delights and other Andalusian specialties in this hotel with its spacious rooms with beautiful views of the sea, the swimming pool and the golf course.
Parador de Carmona (Sevilla). The fertile plain of the River Corbones makes for an exceptional panoramic view from this 14th Century Moorish fortress, where different civilisations have brought their best artistry and culture. The splendid views from the Hotel are a backdrop to the fantastic pool, gardens, patio and Mudejar fountain, Cupula room, and terrace.
Parador de Cadiz (Cadiz). A modern holiday complex located in Cadiz's old town next to Genoves park. It overlooks the sea with a spectacular view over Gaditana bay. It is in the residential zone of the city, surrounded by palm trees. The hotel is an ideal starting point for exploring the entire region.
Parador de Guadalupe (Caceres). The Hotel sits atop what was the old 15th century San Juan Bautista Hospital and the former 16th century Infantes or grammar school - important learning centres for medical surgery and education respectively. The hotel is located in the old town and has been declared a heritage site facing the world heritage site of the town of Guadalupe.
Parador de Santiago de Compostela (La Coruña). It is considered the oldest hotel in the world. It is a former Royal Hospital, in 1499 housed the many pilgrims arriving at Santiago de Compostela. Combining history, art and tradition, the goal of pilgrims and the emblem of St. James, the Los Reyes Catolicos Hostal, in the Plaza do Obradoiro Square, forms together with the cathedral one of the world's most remarkable, and most visited, urban settings.
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