Travelers heading to Spain can enjoy stays in the country’s paradores, which are accommodations located in restored historical buildings, such as convents, palaces, and castles. There are 95 of these state-owned hotels sprinkled across Spain, and each provides high-quality service, regional cuisine, and a unique setting—and all are value-priced.
Paradores can be found in picturesque coastal settings, in the mountains, and in Spain’s national parks. Thirteen are located in UNESCO World Heritage cities, where guests can combine visits to significant historical sites with stays in equally amazing lodging.
For example, El Camino pilgrimage trekkers end their journey in the World Heritage city of Santiago de Compostela, and they can enjoy a stay at the parador there. Built in 1499 and operated as a hospital until 1953, the structure is now a luxury 5-star hotel located next to Santiago’s magnificent cathedral, where Saint James is believed to be buried.
Ignacio Grijalvo of Across Spain DMC & Leisure Travel has been including paradores on tours for more than 30 years. Says Grijalvo, “Spain’s paradores offer unique and superior hotel options at very reasonable prices, and we are happy to create customized itineraries that include stays in these special accommodations.” Across Spain can even provide an itinerary in which every hotel stay is in a parador.
Top photo: Parador de Ronda
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