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The Paradores of Andalucía, Spain

Historic, luxurious and beautiful hotel accommodation

The Paradores of Andalucía:
Almeria - Mojácar - Cádiz
Cádiz - Arcos de la Frontera
Córdoba - Granada - Alhambra
Huelva - Ayamonte - Huelva - Mazagón -
Jaén - Jaén - Cazorla - Jaén - Ubeda
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Andalucía Travel & Accommodation Guide
Almeria - MojácarClick to view map
Mojácar - A very picturesque and romantic resort town in Almería province, south-eastern Spain. The streets are cobbled and the houses white-washed, situated on a hill overlooking clean, sandy beaches and the warm, blue Mediterranean sea. The town is an ancient, Moorish fortress which is unspoilt and a favourite venue for artists and writers, plus holiday-makers.
Exterior Views Parador of Mojácar, Mojácar, Almeria
On the Mojácar coast, with the best micro-climate in Spain, the Hotel offers gorgeous views of the blue Mediterranean. The ideal spot to enjoy these quiet beaches or to let sport bring you into contact with nature.  The hotel reopened its doors in the summer of 2008 after a complete renovation of its facilities. Warm colours, the comfortable and cosy atmosphere of its rooms and improved exteriors in all respects beckon you to visit.  Your stay can be rounded off with a refreshing dip in the hotel pool or working in the well-equipped rooms of the magnificent conference centre. The bright rooms with terraces over the sea invite guests to enjoy the enchanting beauty of their surroundings.  We recommend you try the exquisite fish and rice dishes of the cookery of Almería
CádizClick to view map
Cádiz - The Costa de la Luz (Coast of light) is the western part of the Andalucía coastline that faces out to the Atlantic - the coastline of the province of Cádiz.  Cádiz is among the oldest settlements in Spain, founded about 1100 BC by the Phoenicians and one of the country's principal ports ever since. Its greatest period, however, and the era from which the central part of town takes most of its present appearance, was the eighteenth century. Then, with the silting up of the river to Sevilla, the port enjoyed a virtual monopoly on the Spanish-American trade in gold and silver, and on its proceeds were built the cathedral - itself golden-domed (in colour at least) and almost Oriental when seen from the sea - the public halls and offices, and the smaller churches.
Parador of Cádiz, Cádiz
A modern holiday complex located in Cadiz’s old town next to the Genovés park. It overlooks the sea with a spectacular view over the Gaditana bay.  It is in the residential zone of the city, surrounded by palm trees. The hotel is an ideal starting point for exploring the entire region; from here you explore the Ruta de los Pueblos Blancos (tour of the white villages), the bull and wine routes, as well as the fishing villages dotted along its extensive coastline. There are many activities you can take part in outside of the hotel including boat trips or tours of the region. During the summer the hotel also organises entertainment for adults: ballroom dancing to a live orchestra, magic shows, live music and various other shows every day of the week, as well as children’s entertainment. In winter there are live piano recitals to liven up the evenings. 
Cádiz - Arcos de la FronteraClick to view map
Spain's Prettiest town: Arcos de la Frontera
Deep in the south of Spain's southernmost province, Cadiz, hidden in the Gatidano mountain range, is Arcos de la Frontera the prettiest town in Spain. Although the old walled town of Arcos only holds 4000 people & is lost in a valley hidden in the mountains, its place in Spanish history is important because of the town's strategic placement in Catholic Spain's long struggle against the Moorish kingdom. Boabdil, the last Moorish king, finally fell in 1492, the same year Columbus sailed west for India. At Cadiz's tip, near Arcos de la Frontera, Africa looms large across a bit of water that seems a mere swim away... read more
Parador de Arcos de la Frontera, Arcos de la Frontera, Cádiz
Located on the banks of the Guadalete, this parador, formerly the Casa del Correidor, has an impressive panoramic view of the fertile plain of the river and of the old part of Arcos de la Frontera.  The ample rooms are decorated in Andalusian style, some even have a tiled stone-seat. Some rooms have a terrace with views to the river and the rest to the main square or the town church. All of them are fully equipped including full bathroom.  The restaurant is a large room with wide windows overlooking the river. It features wooden beams, white arches, typical lanterns, solid wooden chairs and tables covered by white tablecloths. In a friendly atmosphere the restaurant offers the characteristic dishes of the Sierra region...
Córdoba, Córdoba ProvinceClick to view map
CÓRDOBA lies upstream from Sevilla beside a loop of the Guadalquivir, which was once navigable as far as here. It is today a minor provincial capital, prosperous in a modest sort of way. Once, however, it was the largest city of Roman Spain, and for three centuries it formed the heart of the western Islamic empire, the great medieval caliphate of the Moors.  It is from this era that the city's major monument dates: the Mezquita , the grandest and most beautiful mosque ever constructed by the Moors in Spain. It stands right in the centre of the city, surrounded by the old Jewish and Moorish quarters, and is a building of extraordinary mystical and aesthetic power.
Parador of Córdoba, Córdoba
Located on the ruins of the small summer palace of Adderraman I, a hill surrounded by vegetation at the foot of the Cordoba mountain range. The parador offers an exceptional panoramic view of the legendary city of the Calips.  The rooms are bright; most of them with views to the city. All rooms are very well looked after and are fully equipped and spacious.  Regarding cuisine, the restaurant's most typical dishes are el gazpacho de almendras (a cold vegetable soup) los huevos esparragaos (an egg dish), el estofado de rabo de toro (a meat stew), el pastel cordobes, and the cheese of los pedroches. The Parador is located in the foothills of the Cordoba mountains in the residential district of Brillante.
Granada - AlhambraClick to view map
If you see only one town in Spain it should be GRANADA. For here, extraordinarily well preserved and in a tremendous natural setting, stands the Alhambra - the most exciting, sensual and romantic of all European monuments. It was the palace-fortress of the Nasrid sultans, rulers of the last Spanish Moorish kingdom, and in its construction Moorish art reached a spectacular and serene climax. But the building seems to go further than this, revealing something of the whole brilliance and spirit of Moorish life and culture...
Parador de Granada
Spend a night at the site of the Alhambra, among gardens and fountains which recall a past where the Arabian merged with the Christian. This is the exclusive opportunity this Parador affords us, an ancient convent built on the orders of the Catholic Monarchs on top of a Nazrid palace, of which important remains are still conserved, such as the Nazrid Hall. This monumental complex offers the guest peaceful walks around the area and the city, while the building itself and its gardens invite you to discover a fantasy-like interior. Numerous works of art and exceptional pieces of furniture decorate the Cloister and the interior rooms.  There are magnificent views from both the dining room and terrace over the Generalife gardens, with succulent dishes such as Granada remojón (Cod with orange and olives), beans with ham, Santa Fe piononos, choto veal and, of course, typical local Andalusian gazpacho. Full of vitamins! 
Huelva - AyamonteClick to view map
Ayamonte is a town and municipality located in the province of Huelva, Spain. According to the 2005 census, the city has a population of 18,001 inhabitants.  The township of Ayamonte preserves its old medieval quarter in the central district of the town, with many very narrow streets and historical buildings; this central area is a designated car-free zone.  For centuries the ferry link between Ayamonte and Vila Real de Santo António was the traditional crossing point between Spain and Portugal. A modern bridge over the Guadiana River has now been built to the north of the town, linking the motorway systems of the two countries, but the ferry still runs and provides an inexpensive mode of transport between the two countries. 

The beach area of Ayamonte is Isla Canela, and is reached by a causeway across the Marismas del Guadiana; the marismas (salt marshes) are an important wildlife reserve, providing a home to many waterfowl, including herons and flamingos. Isla Canela is built along several kilometers of sandy beaches, and provides an ideal area for windsurfing, kitesurfing and sailing. There are a number of quality golf courses in and around the area, including one built into the Marismas itself.  It is well known as the home of young Spanish idol, María Isabel.

Parador of Ayamonte, Ayamonte, Huelva
Vantage point above the mouth of the river Guadiana - The dazzling sun of the Huelva province brings out the blue in the river Guadiana as it follows its course towards the Atlantic Ocean. A peaceful haven in the highest part of the city with a spectacular view, the Parador is an ideal place for relaxing.  The hotel's interior rooms make use of the region's sun, decorated in a modern style with simple shades, creating a pleasing sensitivity.  The local fish, seafood and sausages are highly recommended. The prawns and king prawns from Huelva are renowned worldwide for their high quality. You can enjoy dishes such as raya en pimentón (skate in a red pepper sauce), rape en amarillo (saffron monkfish), estofado de guisantes con chocos (cuttle fish and pea stew) and coca ayamontina (almond flavoured dessert), not to mention the delicious Huelva ham.
Huelva - MazagónClick to view map
Mazagón is a beach town in Spain near Huelva.
Parador of Mazagón  - Huelva Province
Located in the Entorno de Doñana Natural Park, the Hotel stands in front of the ocean next to the extensive Mazagón beach, in the middle of a pine forest. A perfect place to enjoy the nature and the blue waters of the Atlantic. The building has a splendid garden with heated open-air swimming pools, a gymnasium, sauna, jacuzzi, etc.  The interior is characterised by pleasant, cosy spaces with decorative details that add joy and brightness. Cosy rooms with terraces and beautiful views, comfortable function rooms and a magnificent swimming pool round off its facilities.  The privileged setting of the Parador allows it to offer produce from the sea and the mountains. From the first, the prawns, clams and king prawns are recommended. From the inland, the jabugo ham, the steak and the Iberian pâtés. 
Jaén, Jaén ProvinceClick to view map
Jaén is a city in south-central Spain. It is the capital of the province of Jaén. It is located in the autonomous community of Andalusia. The inhabitants of the city are known as Jiennenses. Its population is 117,540 (2006), about 1/6 of the population of the province. In the last years Jaén has had a great increase of cultural tourism. Jaén is also known as the World Capital of Olive Oil, because it's the biggest producer of this liquid gold (as the locals refer to it). The urbanism of Jaén is determined by its adjustment to the hills of the Santa Catalina mountains, with steep, narrow streets, in the historical central city district. The city of Jaén is the administrative and industrial centre for the province. Industrial establishments in the city include chemical works, tanneries, distilleries, cookies factories and textile factories.
Parador of Jaén, Jaén
Exceptional 18th Century Arabic Fortress - The hotel's privileged location on the Cerro de Santa Catalina adds a defensive, fortress-like character to the Jaén landscape.  With a refreshing swimming pool and exterior stonework that soaks up the sun, the hotel promises to enchant you with a full experience of the Andaluz Renaissance.  The building's majestic appearance continues inside with the impressive 20 metre high arches in the main hall, the dining room with its distinctive Arabic character, and the comfortable bedrooms with their magnificent views.  The soft interior decoration of the building is complemented by a varied gastronomic menu.  Try our ajo blanco, an exquisite dish made with garlic, oil, almonds and bread. And do not miss the terrina de perdiz (partridge terrine), the pipirrana (typical salad) and the ciervo al estilo de Baños (venison).
Jaén - CazorlaClick to view map
Cazorla is a city located in the province of Jaén, Spain. According to the 2006 census (INE), the city had a population of 8,173 inhabitants.

Cazorla lies at an elevation of 836 metres on the western slope of the Sierra de Cazorla. It is the entry point and base for visits to the Natural Park of Sierras de Cazorla Segura y las Villas, a vast protected area of magnificent river gorges and forests. Spain's second longest river, the Guadalquivir has its source in the mountains to the south of the settlement.  Distances to nearby cities are: Jaén, 121 km.; Granada, 205 km.; and Linares, 71 km.

The town is constructed around three main squares, the Plaza de la Constitución, the Plaza de la Corredera (or de Huevo, "of the Egg", because of its shape), and the Plaza Santa Maria. This last square is the oldest and is connected to the other two by narrow, twisting streets. It takes its name from the old cathedral which, damaged by floods in the seventeenth century, was later burnt by French troops. It is now in ruin. Above the square sits an austere, reconstructed Moorish castle tower called la Yedra. Still higher up on the rocky escarpment lie the ruins of still yet another ruined fortress. 

A recommended excursion is to the nearby village of la Iruela which has a ruined Moorish fortress perched on a daunting rock peak. A number of battles were fought here during the Reconquest until Don Rodrigo Jimenez de Rada, archbishop of Toledo, reconquered it in 1231 and made it the seat of his archbishopric.  Its primitive structure is relatively intact. The principal defenses consist of a crumbling principal tower and two separate enclosures, with some of its battlements still intact, connected by a long curtain wall. These walls also protected the monastery, whose remains are still visible nearby. See Castles

The history of Cazorla goes back more than two thousand years. Under the Romans the town had the name of Carcacena. Not only were there significant Iberian and Roman settlements here, but this was also the see of one of the first bishoprics of early Christian Spain. Under the Moors it was a strategic stronghold and one of dozens of fortresses and watchtowers guarding the mountains. Taken after a bitter struggle in 1235, during the Reconquista, the town then acted as an outpost for Christian troops.

Today Cazorla is heavily dependent on tourism and hosts events such as the Cazorla Blues Festival each July. There is also production of high-quality olive oil from the one third of municipal land planted in olive trees. There is even a publication, The Olive Oil Gazette, which is published in Cazorla. Sierra de Cazorla is the Denomination of Origen for this olive oil. See Sierra de Cazorla. The town celebrates its annual fair in mid-September.  For such a small town there are a surprising number of three and four star hotels and countless rural guest houses.  Winter nights can be cold due to the elevation but snow is infrequent. Summers are cooler than the low-lying plains to the west and the town fills with tourists during the summer months.

Parador of Cazorla, Cazorla, Jaén
Charming hotel in the heart of nature - The Hotel is located in the Heart of Cazorla Nature Reserve, in the spot known as Sacejo. Its high location means it benefits from unbeatable panoramic views over the surrounding area with its abundance of pine-filled hillsides typical of the mountains.  The quiet atmosphere and beautiful enclaves such as Cañada de las Fuentes or Linarejos waterfall make it a meeting spot for nature lovers. The hotel follows typical Andalusian farmhouse tradition, highlighted to the exterior. The swimming pool has marvellous views out over the Nature Reserve and the pleasant lounge with its chimney breast to the inside is characterised by the bright light streaming in through the large windows. Seasonal game forms part of the cuisine available at the restaurant with dishes such as wild boar in red wine and grilled venison fillets.
Jaén - ÚbedaClick to view map
Úbeda is a town in the province of Jaén in Spain's autonomous community of Andalusia. It has 34,462 (INE 2008). Both this city and the neighboring city of Baeza benefited for extensive patronage in the early 16th century resulting in the construction of a series of Renaissance style palaces and churches, which have been preserved across the centuries. In 2003, UNESCO declared the historic cores and monuments of these two towns a World Heritage Site.
Parador of Úbeda, Jaén Province
16th Century renaissance palace - in the aristocratic, monumental city of Úbeda, in its purest Renaissance plaza and next to some of its most beautiful buildings, the Parador occupies a palace, built in the 16th century and remodelled in the 17th, which once belonged to the Dean of the Holy Chapel of the Saviour.  Behind the façade is a very beautiful inner courtyard, with a double gallery, the upper tier of which is glazed. The comfortable and welcoming rooms are remarkable for the height of their ceilings. Particularly outstanding are the six looking onto the plaza, and the suite on the opposite corner, with panoramic views of the Plaza de Vázquez de Molina.  Sit down in the Parador’s dining room, take up a menu and enjoy. Bull’s tail in loma red wine, stewed kid with pine nuts, peppers stuffed with partridge… Whatever you order, success is assured. Andalusian details and ceramics decorate the dining room. 
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