If you haven’t heard of them before, parador hotels spain are a uniquely Spanish concept: State run hotels that are based in some of the country’s most amazing, unusual and historic buildings. In Spanish these hotels are referred to as Paradores, but this is often translated to parador by some English speakers.
This summer, the occupancy rates in many paradores españa have been at their highest for fifteen years. These high numbers are set to continue into September, particularly in rural locations, as many Spanish tourists are keen to take ‘covid safe’ holidays in remote and less densely occupied areas that they might not have thought to visit before. In fact, an incredible 80% of Spanish holidaymakers have chosen to stay in their own country this year, which might explain why occupancy for attractions such as these have been so high.
If you’re thinking about staying in a paradores Spain during your next visit, here is a selection of ten of the best:
The Parador de Santa Estevo is the ideal choice if escaping the world is your primary goal. This stunning parador is situated in the heart of the Galician countryside, where you can spend your days walking in the lush green hillsides or exploring the quaint and remote villages. This parador is popular because of its beautiful buildings and the escape it offers from everyday life.
It would be impossible to talk about the paradores españa without mentioning the Parador Hostal Dos Reis Catolicos. This is perhaps one of the most famous pardors because it is widely considered to be the oldest hotel in the world. Situated at the end of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, this parador has welcomed pilgrims from all over the world, and has something to appeal to all types of travellers. This parador is well worth a visit because of the incredible views it affords over the city’s famous and magnificent cathedral, as well as the rich cultural heritage it is a part of.
Madrid is a bustling and busy city with plenty to offer tourists, but if you want to visit Madrid without having to be in the heart of the city then the Parador de Alcala de Henares could be the ideal why to get the best of both worlds. Located just 35 km northeast of Madrid, this incredible building looks like a palace: it offers easy access into the city but plenty of opportunities to relax and unwind in the countryside too.
Parador de Plasencia is one of the more luxurious on this list, and boasts a large outdoor swimming pool amongst its facilities. The building itself is a 15th century convent constructed of stone. Located in Extremadura, and on the route of a very significant commercial route, as well as one of pilgrimage, you’ll find plenty to do in this luxurious hotel.
5. Parador de Cangas de Onís, Asturias
Former monastries are popular sites for paradores spain, so it should come as no surprise that the parador de Cangas de Onis is situated in the grounds of a former monastry. What makes this parador special is its incredible mountain views: it feels special to be in this building, and visitors return again anf again.
Situated on the top of an imposing hill, the Parador de Alcaniz is located in a former castle which dates back to the 12th and 13th centuries. This paradores spain is located just outside the town of Alcañiz in the region of Aragon, where you can be sure to find a warm welcome and plenty to do. Even if you don’t leave the hotel, you won’t regret visiting this spectacular and gorgeous building.
Another parador on the list that is situated in Madrid, you’ll find Parador de Chinchon in the town of Chinchon, which is an easy commute to Madrid, so you can enjoy both locations in one trip. What is most noteworthy about this parador is its incredible gardens, but you’ll also find plenty of relaxation and things to enjoy inside it too.
Seville is, in itself, a city well worth exploration, and if you choose to visit then the Parador de Carmona is the perfect place to stay. This 14th century Moorish fort in the town of Carmona, southwestern Spain harks back to Spain’s rich Arab past and is the perfect place to be if you have an interest in Moorish architecture, and exploring Spain’s rich and diverse history.
This parador in the Castilla-La Mancha town of Oropesa is famous for its beautiful towers. You’ll receive a warm welcome, and you’ll be as impressed by the inside of this building as you are by the outside of it.
10. Parador de Cádiz
Finally, whilst most of the paradores on this list have been ancient buildings, the parador de Cadiz is a much more modern affair. It features modern architecture and stylish touches which will attract visitors of all demographics, whilst its awe-inspiring views will make you want to come back again and again.
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