29 April 2013 / 03:09 PM
Paradores are hotels with luxury accommodation in castles, palaces, monasteries, fortresses and other historic buildings.
The Spanish paradores were set up by the government to use the income from Spain hotels to make a contribution to the upkeep of the buildings owned, and to help beautiful regions with few economic resources.
The paradores are a great option for meetings or events. Located throughout Spain, these castles offer a unique set up.
- Parador Duques de Cardona:
A thousand year old castle towering above a town with superb views in every direction for miles over the Catalonian countryside, this Parador is straight out of fairytale. The interior is faithful to the Cardona's history with Medieval styling complementing the castles vaulted ceilings, stone walls and gorgeous courtyards. You will enjoy local produce and regional specialties for an authentic taste of Catalonia in the Medieval dining room.
- Castillo Santa Catalina:
This Parador offers a breathtaking view over the city of Jaen and the countryside of Andalusia. Most of the bedrooms offer a view of the surrounding plain, the Gualdaquivir river, the Sierra Morena hills and the mountains of Sierra Nevada. In 1968, the castle was restored. The Parador’s restaurant offers the opportunity to taste some of the local specialties as well as international dishes. The castle features an outdoor seasonal swimming pool and an area where guests can enjoy a walk on the grassed parade of the castle while looking at the surrounding fortifications. Conference facilities are also available for unique events in a surrounding fit for the kings and queens.
- Parador of Hondaribia el Emperador
You will feel that you are back in the middle ages in this Parador. Thick stonewalls, armors and spears adorn the castle which was founded in the 10th Century. From the splendid terrace enjoy beautiful views of the French coast and the sea. Three miles from the Parador, you can visit the Sanctuary of Nuestra Senor de Guadalupe or you can go on a stroll around the fishing neighborhood of Hondarribia. Many activities are available during your stay such as horse riding, golf, mountain biking, hang gliding, jeep tours, scuba diving, surfing, canoeing, fishing and boating. The Parador is located less than 2 hours from Bilbao and easily accessible by plane or train.
- Parador Enrique II
Located near the center of an old town called Rodrigo. Visit the Cathedral, the Main Square and the Churches of San Agustin, San Pedro and San Andres. Enjoy the Carnivals of Torro and the Charrada Festival, on Resurrection Saturday and Sunday during Easter. Plan a trip to the Salamanca countryside and the valley of the Aqueda river that you can explore by horse, foot or on a mountain bike. Food from the Salamanca region such as roast meat dishes, Iberian sausages and hams are offered in the stone arches dining room as well as a gluten free menu. The Parador does not offer a swimming pool but you can enjoy a great swim in the river close by.
There are so many more unique venues in Spain that it was hard to select just a few, for additional information contact the Tourism Office of Spain or check the website at http://www.spain.info