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The Paradores of Spain are so much more than mere hotels. They are repositories of the romance and passion that is the history of this country. These special places literally exude the ancient perfume of Spain’s majesty and mystery. Experiencing the Paradors of Spain is ‘cultural tourism’ at it’s best – and a giant step above the usual tourist experience.


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The Paradores of Spain are medieval castles, Moorish fortresses, ancient monasteries, charming palaces and stately manor houses. These are places of great historical interest and rare beauty.

Parador of Alarcon Parador of Plasencia Parador of Pontevedra

Just because many of the Spain Paradores are buildings that are centuries old – don’t be fooled. All have been refurbished and brought up to the highest quality of modern convenience and service. These are superlative accommodations, and combine features that will captivate any traveler; enthralling architecture, fascinating history, exquisite cuisine, delightful ambience, and impeccable service. In a word, they are unmatched. To stay at a Parador is to experience sensations unexpected and rare. They embody a harmonious combination of history, comfort, and beauty that creates pleasant emotions which linger long after the stay is over. Each of the 93 Paradores of Spain is unique, yet there is a continuity of quality, cuisine and service that comes to be expected, and trusted as you travel from Parador to Parador. The Spain Paradores chain was founded in 1928 by order of King Alphonso XIII. From the beginning, they were meant to provide more-than-adequate accommodations set at appropriate distance intervals around the country. They have evolved today into a chain of 93 Paradores. It is rarely more than a few hours, or at most half-a-day’s drive between one Parador and the next. This now makes traveling by car in Spain a real pleasure. The traveler can explore out-of-the-way areas and really get to know the country – always confident that a delightful place to rest, one of the fine Paradores of Spain, is awaiting just a little ways down the road.

Parador of Zafra

Another thing that separates the Spain Paradores from other hotel chains is their commitment to environmental protection as they undertake their many restoration projects. They are thereby helping maintain both the natural and cultural heritage of Spain. Dining in Parador restaurants is always an enjoyable experience. Each Spanish Parador offers a menu that centers around the traditional dishes of the local region, yet prepared in a style that sets them apart. Many of Spain’s finest chefs oversee the restaurants in the various Paradores. There is always offered a “set-menu” at a very affordable price – then also an array of specialty dishes for the more adventuresome and discerning diner. The Parador wine lists invariably feature some of Spain’s best.

Parador dining room

Several of the Paradores are set in extraordinary natural surroundings. Most of Spain’s national parks have a Parador either inside or very near; one-of-a-kind Doñana National Park, the mighty Picos De Europa National Park, the Cazorla Nature Preserve, the Parque National del Teide, the beautiful Sierra de Grazalema– all have a Parador situated perfectly for exploring these special places in Nature.

Parador of Fuente De Parador of Cazorla Parador of las Canadas Del Teide
(Fuente De in Picos De Europa) (Cazorla in Cazorla Nature Preserve) (Las Canadas Del Teide, Canary Islands)


There has developed a very large, and international group of people who would never think of staying anywhere else while in Spain. Only the rare hotel around the world inspires this kind of loyalty. The Spanish Paradores are that special. If you have the chance, by all means go out of your way to experience these wonderful accommodations. You may find that you too become a true aficionado of the Paradores of Spain.

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