Once you’ve seen the Sagrada Familia and visited the Prado museum in Madrid, lazed on beaches and sampled tapas, you’ll be looking for a new Spanish experience. The Paradores hotels are the perfect blend of old and new and are found in every region of Spain. This stunning chain of hotels is the perfect accommodation for people who wants more than the regular Barcelona apartments. Continue reading to know more about this fantastic Spanish hotel.
In Galicia, the famous and marvelous Parador de Santiago de Compostela is situated just a few steps away from the famous cathedral. This 5-star hotel is a lover’s dream come true. Originally transformed from a royal inn meant for pilgrims visiting Santiago, today it can be termed as one of the most luxurious hotels in the region. History is not the only reason to stay at this hotel. It is very close to many of Galicia’s best attractions such as the Baroque Abbey de San Martin Pinario, built in the 16th century, and the University of Santiago de Compostela. Galicia is also home to a 1000 year old pilgrimage, the Way of St. James. Each year this city is packed with over 100,000 pilgrims from all over Europe and the world who make the trek, and has also been the subject of famous books and television shows throughout the years.
Granada is one of the eight provinces of Andalusia and is home to many famous Paradores. Each year the province draws in hundreds of tourists and holidaymakers owing to its Moorish architecture and most notably the Alhambra palace. Inside the Alhambra, in what used to be a monastery built in the 15th century, is the Parador de Granada. Staying at this historic hotel gives visitors an opportunity to spend a night at the famous Alhambra gardens which have over 1300 years of history etched in stone. What really sets Granada apart from many other provinces of Andalusia is the stunning mix of Arab and Christian influences in this region. The next attraction is the La Giralda in Seville, where the Moors have exhibited their best building and designing abilities. The Real Alcazar located in Seville is another popular palace which inspires intrigue into the lives of people living in Spain centuries ago.
Catalonia has been termed by many travelers and historians as being a country within a country. With over a thousand years of rich and diverse history – its own separate language and traditions stretch centuries back – visiting this place is a definite must. The Spanish Pyrenees act like a natural border between Spain and France owing to its towering mountain peaks. It is situated in the heart of the Pyrenees in a place called Aran Valley or Vall d’Aran – where the house of Don Gaspar de Portola, who discovered California, is located. Today this unique and beautiful house has been transformed into Parador de Artíes. This romantic hotel is ideally settled for visitors interested in hiking, skiing and other outdoor sports. 29 golf courses, 3 flying clubs, 40 sailing marinas and 15 ski resorts are in Catalonia.
So, for lovers of sport, history, culture and architecture, stay in a Spanish Parador!