The Parador Carmona (official name is Parador Alcazar Del Rey Don Pedro) played a big part in one of Spain’s interesting historical epochs. King Pedro the Cruel (known as Pedro The Just by some) built this fortified pleasure palace during his eventful reign. He was later killed in a fight with his illegitimate brother, who was contesting the throne.
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Pedro, who once said, "A single loaf of bread would be enough to fill the bellies of all those who are loyal to me," had this castle built next to the ruins of an older Moorish fortress – to house his favorite consort and their daughter. He hired the same Moorish master builders who had built the Alcazar in Sevilla. They achieved a pleasing mix of Gothic and Moorish styles. Later kings and queens appreciated the ambience of the place and stayed here – including Ferdinand and Isabella.
The Parador in Carmona is located on the highest hill in the area and commands panoramic views stretching for endless miles out over the plains below. The oldest parts of the building date to the 12th and 13th centuries during the times of Moorish occupation. This really is a sumptuous place to stay. It is peaceful and has one of the most elegant patios you’ll ever encounter.
You’ll enter via the Mudejar courtyard with its gurgling fountain, columns, arches, and Cuenca tiles. A more captivating courtyard you’d be hard-pressed to find. The Parador has inlaid walls and ceilings. In the many halls of the castle, hang medieval swords, banners, and other antiquities of a bygone era. The bedrooms are all large and have wonderful views to the plains of the river Corbones. Your accomodations will be filled with the unique light of Andalucia and fitted-out in fine classical decoration.
There is no place that embodies the feeling of Andalucia more than the Parador in Carmona. Come here and drink in the romance and sweetness of another age. You won’t want to ever leave!
Interesting nearby excursions from Parador Carmona:
– Carmona is a very interesting town that provides the visitor with a chance to explore both Roman and Almohad (Moorish) ruins as well as an appealing old town.
Interesting day trips from the Carmona Parador include:
This city is perfectly situated to serve as a base for day trips.
– Sevilla is one-of-a-kind and not to be missed. Many travelers return again and again.
– Cordoba and its awe-inspiring Mezquita and beautiful flower-filled patios.
– Drive out to typical Andalusian towns like Marchena, Utrera, Osuna and others.
Facilities at Parador Carmona castle hotel; 3 Single bedrooms – 51 Twin bedrooms – 9 Double bedrooms – Bar – Restaurant – Telephone – Heating – Air Conditioning – Satellite television – Safe – Minibar – Shop – Elevators – Car park – Currency exchange – Seasonal- swimming pool – Garden – Golf (23 kms) – Conference Facilities
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Carmona Parador is located 30 km. from the city of Seville. It is accessed via the E-05, Autovía de Andalucía, from Seville to Cordoba or vice versa.