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 The Paradores of Castilla-La Mancha & Madrid Community, Spain

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Albacete - Castilla-La ManchaClick to view map
Albacete is a city and municipality in southeastern Spain, 258 km southeast of Madrid, the capital of the province of Albacete in the autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha. The municipality had a population of 164,771 in 2007.  The settlement was named Al-Basit, "the plain," by the Arabs. The city has been known as a center for the manufacture of fine daggers, scissors, and knives. An assembly plant of Eurocopter, a subsidiary of EADS, began operation in 2007. 

Although Albacete has never been considered a city with an industrial tradition, the industrial area in the city, known as Polígono de Campollano, has recently been expanded as it is one of the biggest industrial parks in Spain. The local government is pushing to make Albacete a logistic center in the southeastern part of Spain.

Albacete, together with Ciudad Real, has one of the main campuses of the University of Castilla-La Mancha. It is estimated that between 9,000 and 10,000 students study at any of the schools that the regional university currently has in the city.  Albacete is not known as a tourist destination, but its sights include the cathedral and the Museo de Albacete.  During the Spanish Civil War, it was the headquarters and training camp of the International Brigades.  Albacete is home to the soccer team Albacete Balompié.

Exterior Views Parador de Albacete, Albacete
Located on the plains of La Mancha, in a setting which offers the appropriate conditions for open-air activities, the Parador offers the traveller all the privileges necessary to enjoy a peaceful, relaxed stay. The garden and the swimming pool create an atmosphere which invites you to rest, to stroll or to have a refreshing dip on warm summer evenings. This La Mancha country house, with its attractive corridor, is characterized on the inside by an elegant simplicity, where the natural light acquires prominence. Large windows and immaculate wood combine with the luminosity of comfortable bedrooms.  The 9 Hole Pitch & Putt Golf Course and Putting Green is open to the public. Pitch and Putt is like normal golf but with shorter distances between the holes. Take advantage of it during your stay, bring your golf clubs!
Ciudad Real - AlmagroClick to view map
Almagro is a city situated in Ciudad Real province, in the autonomous community of Castile-La Mancha, Spain.

A tourist destination, Almagro is an important Historical-Artistic Zone (Conjunto Histórico-Artístico).

The city lies within small Paleozoic mountain ranges, with some reserves of shallow creeks, including the Pellejero and de Cuetos. It also lies within a volcanic zone (Cerrro de la Yezosa), which lies upon a quartzite massif. It makes the zone particularly unique, together with that of the zones of Olot and Cabo de Gata, in the sense that it is one of the few important zones of volcanic origin in the Iberian Peninsula.

Exterior Views and Entrance Parador de Almagro, Almagro, Ciudad Real Province
The Convent of San Francisco was built by the Dávila de la Cueva in 1596. It is located in an area of outstanding historic and artistic interest just 5 minutes from the main square. Here visitors have the opportunity to discover the prettiest corners of the town, including the ‘corral de comedias’ (open-air theatre) and the surrounding nature reserves. The interior decoration is finished with beautiful galleries, woodwork and lattices. The Parador’s restaurant provides traditional Manchegan cuisine with Arabic influences. The rooms within the hotel are welcoming and have a stylish feel, featuring 14 interior courtyards and a swimming pool. The bedrooms are found in the former monastic cells, providing peace and serenity. 
Ciudad Real - ManzanaresClick to view map
Manzanares - A picturesque town in the Sierra de Guadarama at the foot of La Pedriza mountain. Its 15th century castle is a jewel of civil architecture. It is worthwhile taking a stroll through La Pedriza park and along the banks of the Manzanares river.  Location is 47 Kilometers from Madrid.
Parador de Manzanares, Manzanares, Ciudad Real
Located in a La Mancha style country house in Manzanares, the Parador De Manzanares is placed between three most beautiful nature reserves of the country, which are Cabaneros, the Ruidera Lagoons and the Tablas De Daimiel. Trees, bushes, gardens, and plants impregnate this place with greenery, and with its swimming pool make for a very appetising setting within the La Mancha countryside. The hotel has well-appointed rooms that are equipped with modern amenities, provides an affable and friendly atmosphere.  You can dine at the onsite restaurant, which serves regional specialities and also enjoy a fine drink at the bar.  Conference facilities are available for people on business travel. During leisure, you can relax at the pool or explore the city.
CuencaClick to view map
Cuenca is a city in the autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha in central Spain. It is the capital of the province of Cuenca, one of the largest provinces in Spain (17,061 km2.), almost as large as countries like Slovenia or Montenegro.  Renowned for its "Casas Colgadas", or hanging houses, the city is literally hewn out of rock.  Wonderful countryside and views.

The city is a popular day or weekend trip from Madrid. to which it is conveniently connected by rail (RENFE) and by Bus (Auto Res 2 hour or 2:30 hour trip duration). It is very easy to reach Cuenca from Madrid (166 km), taking the A-3 (Madrid - Valencia) and leaving at Tarancón (km 79) junction to take the N-400 / A-40 to Cuenca. Within two or three years a new high-speed rail link is foreseen to be set up between Cuenca and Madrid, making the trip last only 45 minutes.

Exterior Views Parador de Cuenca, Cuenca
16th Century Convent facing the hanging houses.  The former San Pablo convent sits in a privileged location on the Hoz del Huécar gorge, comprising steep walls and luxuriant vegetation outside Cuenca, facing the hanging houses.  The glazed cloister and old chapel - today a cosy café - are the perfect complement to the interior combining traditional features with more contemporary touches such as wicker, leather and upholstery.  The cosy, comfortable hotel rooms - some with splendid views of the hanging houses - are a highlight as are the conference rooms, the bar and marvellous dining room decorated with exquisite taste.  Well-spiced seasonal fare makes up the base of traditional Cuenca cuisine.  The morteruelo creamy pâté, hash with potted pork loin and roasts are standout, as are the traditional desserts...
Cuenca - Alarcón
Parador de Alarcón, Alarcón, Cuenca Province
This authentic 8th Century fortress is situated on a promontory above the meandering river Júcar, on the Manchego-Levantinas border. The hotel occupies the medieval castle of the Marqueses de Villena, which is over 13 centuries old. Magnificent oak and a mixture of modern and classical styles have transformed this Parador into a new building. The fabrics used within bring out its medieval character; the reds and oranges contrast with the austerity of the space and serve as a backdrop for its genuine art collection.  The Parador de Alarcón cuisine is based on the famous ‘conquenese’ cuisine comprising pickled partridge, duck and game pâtés, and Manchegan ingredients such as Morteruelo (hot meat pâté), Zarajos (fried lamb’s intestines) and Pisto Manchego (marrow with onion and tomato).
Guadalajara - SigüenzaClick to view map
Sigüenza (in Latin Segontia) is a city in the province of Guadalajara in Spain. A beautiful and inviting city, enriched by the passing of time although its medieval character is relatively unchanged. Stroll through the winding streets of the city contemplating interesting monuments and visiting shops filled with local artisan crafts.
Exterior Views Parador de Sigüenza, Sigüenza  - Guadalajara Province
Installed in an Arab fortress, built on Roman foundations, the construction began in 1123 of this imposing castle, home of bishops, cardinals and kings. This is an appropriate base for exploring the historic town and the beautiful landscape around it.  The hotel’s traditional Castilian furnishings are tastefully displayed in the large, comfortable rooms, some with canopied beds and terraces, authentic royal bedchambers in a palace which has kept its lordly halls, ideal for meetings and celebrations, and a 13th century Romanesque chapel. Within its thick stone walls is the cobbled courtyard and an imposing dining room, where you can enjoy fried eggs with breadcrumbs and lardoons, oven roast baby kid, cod with Manchego cheese, and for dessert the famous borrachitos seguntinos and flores de Cabanillas.
Madrid - ChinchónClick to view map
Chinchón is a Spanish town 50 km southeast of Madrid. It is part of the Comarca de Las Vegas.

The Plaza Major is roughly circular, surrounded by XV-XVII century galleried houses and cafés and is used as a temporary bullring. The church of Nuestra Señora de la Ascunción was built in the XV and XVI centuries. It contains a fine early work by Goya depicting the Assumption of the Vigin. There is also a medieval castle.

Though small, Chinchón is known for its festivals, a big draw for people from nearby Madrid, and those visiting it. Two of the biggest are the Chinchón Festival de anis y vino, a celebration of locally distilled anisette and wine, which takes place and the end of March, and the October garlic festival.

Exterior Views Parador de Chinchón, Chinchón
Founded by the Lords of Chinchón in the 17th century, this former Augustinian convent houses monumental character set amongst that of Chinchón old town, with its emblematic Plaza Mayor main square. Cypress trees, roses and wild privets in the garden give a beautiful appearance, finished by the marvellous cloister and softened by the blue water in the pool.  Large windows and vaults, classical Castilian furnishing and the pretty, spacious rooms make up the hotel interior, characterised by a peaceful serene atmosphere.  Head to either of the Parador’s two restaurants: "El Convento" and "El Bodegón". The first offers you the chance to savour exquisite dishes based on traditional cuisine with a signature touch. We recommend the tasting menu and dishes made with produce from Chichón plain. El Bodegón opens at the weekend and on holidays, offering an alternative thematic cuisine: Cocido Completo Taba (Taba chickpea and sausage stew served over two courses) is a popular Madrid dish based on an original recipe from the late 19th century. 
ToledoClick to view map
Toledo is a municipality located in central Spain, 70 km south of Madrid. It is the capital of the province of Toledo and of the autonomous community of Castile-La Mancha. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986 for its extensive cultural and monumental heritage as one of the former capitals of the Spanish Empire and place of coexistence of Christian, Jewish and Moorish cultures. Many famous people and artists were born or lived in Toledo, including Al-Zarqali, Garcilaso de la Vega, Alfonso X and El Greco. It was also the place of important historic events such as the Visigothic Councils of Toledo.
Parador de Toledo, Toledo
On the hill called Cerro del Emperador by a meander of the river Tajo, this hotel in Toledo offers an unequalled panorama of the monumental silhouette, with its greatest jewels, the Cathedral, the Alcázar and the synagogues. In the hotel you can also enjoy the refreshing swimming pool and plan outdoor leisure activities. From the bedrooms, lounges, terrace and pool the beautiful views of the Imperial City dominate, while the interior is remarkable for its spaciousness and luxury.  Comfortable furnishings combine with wooden beams, staircases and balustrades, and Mudejar elements in rugs and tiles.  The dining room offers typical dishes from Castilla - La Mancha, such as stewed partridge Toledo style, roast lamb, cream cheese and honey ice cream and the famous marzipans of Toledo. 
Toledo Province - OropesaClick to view map
Oropesa is a Spanish town in the province of Toledo. The town of 2,872 is famous for its castle-turned-parador, which was built in 1402. The parador was formerly the residence of the Toledo family of nobles. This includes Francisco de Toledo, Count of Oropesa, who became the Viceroy of Peru.

The town has a yearly celebration in April called "Jornadas Medievales", or "Medieval Days", which plays off the presence of the Castle in Oropesa.

Parador de Oropesa, Toledo Province
15th Century Palace and Castle - The stately home of the Álvarez de Toledo, Counts of Oropesa, once the home of soldiers, clergy and noblemen, enjoys exceptional views of the Sierra de Gredos. The historic value of the Torre del Homenaje, a tower attached to the Parador, the columns of the courtyard, and the pool with outstanding views over the plains of Campo Arañuelo, make up a very attractive hotel. The interior is dominated by lamps, chests and curtains, with large, bright rooms, lounges and work spaces. Game and seasonal produce are features of Oropesa, where the cookery of Toledo offers lamb, roast kid and other specialities such as migas del Arañuelo, a bread-based dish, and confit of partridge.

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