of Spain. For those of you who do not know what a "Parador" is
let us explain...
They are a chain of historical
and regional establishment "Inns" in unique locations and within monumental
buildings like: Castles, Monasteries, Convents, Noble Mansions, Palaces...
The Spanish Paradores are
one of the most prestigious chains of hotels in Spain offering travellers
a comfortable and memorable stay when touring throughout this vast country.
of Spain have always been a firm favourite of European tourists, and are
now becoming increasingly popular with visitors from the USA and Canada.
reservation specialists over the years have put together various tour
itineraries for clients including selected paradores for their overnight
stays. For example a popular route you could choose from would be to follow
the ancient pilgrimage trail of St. James staying in historic paradores
along the way ending the tour at the Parador
de Santiago - Hostal dos Reis Catolicos (Former Hospital built by the
Catholic Kings), considered to be the oldest hotel in the world and one
of the most luxurious classed at a five star grand luxury.
Another route to reach Santiago
would be across the northern coast of Green Spain passing though the Basque
Country, Cantabria, Asturias
and Galicia. Sleeping in unforgettable
paradores like: Hondarribia,
de Mar, Cangas
de Onis, Ribadeo,
Leaving Santiago you could
make your way down the spectacular Rias Baixas coastline of Southern Galicia
visiting small fishing villages, sampling wines and indulging in the seafood
this region is famed for. In Cambados
village, heart of the Albariño wine country there is a parador,
which was the former Pazo de Bazán country house, an ancestral mansion
of the 17th century. Another parador worth mentioning on this fantastic
coast is in the noble town of Baiona.
Occupying the Monterreal Peninsula, this is one of the most extraordinary
Paradores, half medieval fortress and half Galician stately architecture
facing the wild Atlantic Sea.
||Moving inland east you will
reach the Ribeira Sacra river valley another region of fine wines and spectacular
views of the Sil and Miño river gorges. As legends tell us where
monasteries can be found there is bound to be good wine, that is the case
of this region making wines of the Mencia grape variety. A few of these
monasteries have been beautifully restored into paradores like the Santo
Estevo de Rivas de Sil monastery, one of Galicia's oldest, founded
in the 6th century. In Monforte
de Lemos the 17th Century San Vicente do Pino Monastery overlooks this
|Down South in Andalusia
many of the monumental towns/cities like; Cordoba,
etc... have historic or regional paradores to rest your head at night after
a day of sight-seeing.
If you are looking to just
relax in one location for your whole trip and do day outings, or at the
end of doing a route you could stay in a resort type parador like; Malaga
Golf or El Saler.
In the sunny Canary Islands
you can find a few paradores located on La
Hierro, and on Tenerife at Cañadas
del Teide. All perfect options for an island stay suitable for couples
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