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The Paradores of Andalucía, Spain

Historic, luxurious and beautiful hotel accommodation

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Andalucía Travel & Accommodation Guide
Málaga - AntequeraClick to view map
Antequera is a city and municipality in the province of Málaga, part of the Spanish autonomous community of Andalusia. It is known as "the heart of Andalusia" (el corazón de Andalucía) because of its central location between Málaga, Granada, Córdoba, and Seville. It is noted for two large Bronze Age dolmens.
Parador de Antequera, Antequera
Parador de Antequera, which has been renovated recently, is a quiet, large hotel surrounded by lush gardens and a refreshing swimming pool, open in the high season only. The hotel is easily accessible from all Andalusian capitals, since it’s located right in the heart of the Autonomous Community of Andalusia.  The bar and the coffeehouse, by the pool and gardens, feature an outdoor dining area that is available all year round. At the restaurant, patrons can sample traditional dishes from Málaga, full of regional flavours. “Porra antequerana,” “gazpacho,” “pío antequerano” and “bienmesabe” are the establishment’s specialities.The hotel has 58 guestrooms and an ample restaurant commanding stunning views of the Vega Antequerana (Antequera’s Meadow) and La Peña de los Enamorados (Lovers' Rock).
Málaga - GibralfaroClick to view map
Malaga city - capital of Andalucia and a city of great history.  Most tourists think of Malaga as a place to fly into to start their holidays on the Costa del Sol, but few actually take the time to explore this fascinating city.  The city is the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, and is a cosmopolitan and attractive city – ranging from modern streets and buildings, to the older narrow winding streets of typical Andalucian buildings, with many seafood restaurants and tapas bar to relax and rejuvenate during your tour of the city.  Located on the Costa del Sol, Malaga is situated in a sweeping bay, with golden sandy beaches, and is surrounded by beautiful mountainous scenery.
Parador of Málaga Gibralfaro, Málaga
The hotel towers high, surrounded by pine trees on Mount Gibralfaro and facing the Alcazaba, from where it is possible to make out the Bay and the city of Málaga from a unique perspective. Constructed from stone alongside the Gibralfaro castle, its position allows one to visit Málaga and is suitable for the practice of an infinity of sports activities, golf, tennis… at the nearby facilities of the Parador del Golf. The public spaces of the hotel, as well as the rooms and the attic swimming pool enjoy beautiful views over the city and the sea, while offering an excellent level of comfort and convenience.  With a magnificent display of Andalusian gastronomy, the restaurant offers fried ‘pescaítos a la malagueña’, among other dishes.  Webmaster recommended!
Málaga - GolfClick to view map
Parador de Málaga Golf, Torremolinos/Málaga
Sea, golf, fried fish and other Andalusian specialties are combined in this hotel which has spacious rooms with beautiful views over the sea, the swimming pool and the golf course.  Golf is its emblem: an 18 hole course, golf school. 3 putting greens, 2 approach greens, club, trolley and buggy hire.  The golf course at the Parador de Málaga Golf is in a privileged location, in the heart of the Costa del Sol on the sea shore, just 10 minutes from the city of Malaga and the Malaga International Airport. Over the years, this course - the oldest in Andalusia - has been transformed into one that is both demanding for veterans and accessible for novices. The Malagan monkfish soup and the peasant-style French toast are some of the specialities of the dining room in the Parador.
Málaga - NerjaCosta del Sol, Spain - click for larger image
Originally a small fishing village on the Mediterranean Sea, Nerja is still known for its traditional Andalusian atmosphere and mood.   Located right on the beach front, Nerja is sunny 300 days per year.  Enjoy the sandy coves, mountain views and also the Balcon de Europa (balcony of Europe), which is part of an ancient fortress (approx. 900 AD) overlooking the ocean views.  There are several beaches, including the Playa Burriana (Blue Flag beach), and there is a charming seaside walk along the beachfront (known as the Paseo de Carabineros).  The old traditional centre of Nerja is charming, with white washed houses, narrow streets and the usual floral decorations on the balconies.  There are many little tapas bars and restaurants in the town to rest and enjoy the local produce.  You can also buy many regional products, including the famous olive oil, cheeses and honey, and delicious fresh tropical fruits, and vegetables.  There is so much to do in town, including flamenco shows, walking and hiking, jeep tours, sailing trips, mountain bike hire, diving and other water sports.  Want to learn Spanish?  There are Spanish courses held locally too... read more
Parador of Nerja, Nerja, Málaga
The Hotel is on a cliff overlooking the sea, in an ideal spot to enjoy the beach, which is reached by a singular lift; the coastline and the lovely natural landscape of the area. The entrance to the building boasts a splendid garden whose greenery contrasts with the blue of the pool.  The spacious, light-filled interiors are comfortably furnished with elegant decorative details. All the rooms in the hotel have large terraces looking onto the sea (except basic rooms). The upper rooms also enjoy spectacular views over the Mediterranean and the mountains of the Sierra Almijara, and the beautiful cliffs of this rustic Málaga coast.  Don’t miss the fried pescaito (baby fish) - This is the Parador’s star dish. Other offerings are maimones (garlic soup) and kid Nerja style with a delicious almond-based sauce. 
Málaga - RondaClick to view map
When visiting Andalucia, I would highly recommend making the trip to Ronda.  The winding roads up the mountainside can be a little daunting, but what a view all the way to the top!   Ronda is one of the oldest cities in Spain, having origins in the Neolithic age.  Wonderful cave paintings were discovered, including the famous Pileta's Cave, depicting paintings from the Paleolithic age. Its mountain top location made it an ideal location to build a city - very easy to defend.  The first builders were the Romans, and many examples of their architecture can still be viewed in the city today..... read more
Parador of Ronda, Ronda
In the town centre, in a privileged position next to Ronda’s famous Puente Nuevo bridge, built in 1761, the Hotel occupies the former Town Hall. The impressive setting has spectacular views of the ‘Cut’, a river gorge 120 metres deep.  The interior is decorated in blues, greens, yellows and reds, with brightly coloured fabrics on the sofas and curtains, and large, light rooms.  There is a pool, cheerful bedrooms with lovely views and comfortable duplexes with terrace.  At least a five fork rating - one can hardly praise the Parador’s menu enough. Just a few examples of these delicious dishes: partridge stew, roast kid, rabbit Ronda style, almond soup, ajo blanco (white garlic gazpacho), salmorejo (a gazpacho variant), honey cakes, almond cheese, etc.
Seville - CarmonaClick to view map
Carmona is a town of south-western Spain, in the province of Seville; 43 km (27 mi.) N.E. of Seville by car. There are no rail connections. Pop. (1900) 17,215. Carmona is built on a ridge overlooking the central plain of Andalusia, from the Sierra Morena, on the north, to the peak of San Cristobal, on the south. It has a thriving trade in wine, olive oil, grain and cattle; and the annual fair, which is held in April, affords good opportunity of observing the costumes and customs of southern Spain. The citadel of Carmona, now in ruins, was formerly the principal fortress of Pedro of Castile (r. 1350–1369), and contained a spacious palace within its defences, and is now a luxurious Parador. The principal entrance to the town is an old Moorish gateway; and the gate on the road to Cordova is partly of Roman construction. Portions of the ancient college of San Teodomir are of Moorish architecture, and the tower of the church of San Pedro is an imitation of the Giralda at Seville.

In 1881 a large Roman necropolis was discovered close to the town, beside the Seville road. It contains many rock-hewn sepulchral chambers, with niches for the cinerary urns, and occasionally with vestibules containing stone seats (triclinia). In 1881 an amphitheatre, and another group of tombs, all belonging to the first four centuries A.D., were disinterred near the original necropolis, and a small museum, maintained by the Carmona archaeological society, is filled with the mosaics, inscriptions, portrait-heads and other antiquities found here.

Carmona, the Roman Carmo, was the strongest city of Further Spain in the time of Julius Caesar (100–44 B.C.), and its strength was greatly increased by the Moors, who surrounded it with a wall and ornamented it with fountains and palaces. In 1247 Ferdinand III. of Castile took the city, and bestowed on it the motto Sicut Lucifer lucet in Aurora, sic in Wandalia Carmona ("As the Morning-star shines in the Dawn, so shines Carmona in Andalusia").

Parador of Carmona, Carmona - 44 kms from Seville
The fertile plain of the River Corbones makes for an exceptional panoramic view from the fortress, where different civilisations have brought their best artistry and culture. The splendid views from the Hotel play backdrop to the fantastic pool, gardens, patio and Mudéjar fountain, Cupulín room, and terrace.  The large bright bedrooms enjoy exquisite classic décor which, alongside the Sevillian tiling, enhance this 14th century citadel. The Bermejo Room with its tapestries and many antiques is a highlight.  The refectory turned dining room is known as one of Paradores’ most beautiful.  Savour the succulent seasonal and local dishes at the Parador. The partridge and cod a la chartreuse, spiced Carmona spinach, ardoria (a type of salmorejo tomato sauce) and boronía vegetable medley come recommended. Not to mention the succulent dessert buffet. 
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