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What could be better than staying in a historic castle overlooking the Spanish countryside, with modern comforts at hand? A parador is the best way to experience the scenic beauty of Spain’s diverse landscapes and get to know authentic Spanish culture. Established by the Marquis de la Vega Inclán in 1926, these luxury hotels are located in some of the most beautiful parts of Spain.

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Paradores

Spain’s luxury paradores hotels are dispersed across the country, from Northern Spain and the Basque Country to Andalusia and Catalonia. Paradores hotels are classified into three main groups, namely ‘esentia’ or historic hotels, ‘civia’ or urban hotels and ‘naturia’ or hotels close to the coast or nature. Though the history of some paradores dates back to the 8th century, they boast modern amenities, high quality technology and excellent service and are all under the care of the Spanish government.

Paradores in Spain: different types at a glance

Paradores Esentia: Paradores in historic settings

Located in the Moorish town of Ronda in Andalusia, the Parador de Ronda is housed in the former town hall. Right next door is the famous ‘Puente Nuevo de Ronda’ bridge that dates back to 1761 and offers breathtaking views over the 120m deep Tajo gorge. Up north in Galicia, the Parador de Monforte de Lemos is located in the San Vincente do Pino monastery, and the palace of the Duke of Lemos. This impressive hotel combines architectural styles spanning from the Middle Ages through to the 18th century.

Paradores Civia: Paradores in urban settings

A mere 15 minutes from Madrid, the Parador de Alcalá de Henares is a cosmopolitan parador housed in a convent dating back to the 17th century. Spa treatments, sauna and a large swimming pool await when you return from exploring the city. Further north in Asturias, the Parador de Gijón is located on the city border of Gijón.

Paradores Naturia: Paradores in natural settings

The Parador de Artíes is nestled in the Aran Valley at the heart of the Spanish Pyrenees. Surrounded by luscious greenery in the summer months and snow-capped mountains in winter, this parador with its romantic architectural style is a nature lover’s paradise. Way down south on Gran Canaria, the Parador de Cruz de Tejeda is surrounded by an impressive mountainous panorama at 1560 meters above sea level. Located right on the east coast of La Gomera, the parador de la Gomera boasts panoramic views over the Atalantic and the island of Tenerife.