Spain's Parador hotels: the perfect place for families to stay
Parador hotel in El Hierro. Photo courtesy of Paradores
Paradores de Turismo de España.
If you are thinking of coming to Spain with your family, and you would like to stay at places with atmosphere, we suggest the Parador hotels. If you choose them as places to spend your holidays, you will find distinctive accommodation, offering services for the smallest members of the family. Your children will feel like princes and princesses, in fairytale buildings such as castles and palaces.
There are 23 Parador hotels to make your stay comfortable when travelling with children. Find out which to choose from, depending on what you want from your holiday: -For beach lovers: We recommend the Parador hotels of Aiguablava (Girona), Ayamonte (Huelva), Baiona (Pontevedra), Benicarló (Castellón), El Hierro (Santa Cruz de Tenerife), El Saler (Valencia), Jávea (Alicante), Málaga Golf (Malaga), Mazagón (Huelva), Mojácar (Almería) and Nerja (Málaga). They are all on the coast and most have direct access to spectacular beaches, as well as swimming pools, large gardens, children’s play areas, with opportunities for family activities at sea, like boat trips, fishing, scuba diving, snorkelling, etc. -If you like nature: Your will have a pleasant stay at the Parador hotels of Aiguablava (Girona), Artíes (Lleida), Bielsa (Huesca), Cangas de Onís (Asturias), Cazorla (Jaén), Cervera de Pisuerga (Palencia), El Hierro (Santa Cruz de Tenerife), Fuente Dé (Cantabria), Gredos (Ávila), Mazagón (Huelva), Puebla de Sanabria (Zamora), Vic-Sau (Barcelona) and Vielha (Lleida). Most of these are in Nature Reserves, so be prepared to see landscapes worth photographing. If your family likes adventure, you can have fun canyoning, rafting, mountaineering, etc. If you prefer calmer activities, you can always opt for hiking, bike and horse rides, hot-air balloon rides, Segway routes, archery, fishing, etc. Many Parador hotels also have children's play parks, heated swimming pools and games rooms.
-If you want to play golf: You can choose from the Parador hotels of El Saler (Valencia) and Málaga Golf (Malaga). They have playing areas and golf schools. -If you are looking for a city location: Your options are the Parador hotels of Antequera (Malaga), Baiona (Pontevedra) and Córdoba (Cordoba). These are recommended for relaxing after spending a day visiting the monuments of these cities. Many of them organise guided city tours. Spain’s Parador hotels offer a range of services for families: -Extra folding bed free for children under 12 years - Food to cater specially for small children. They have a children’s menu with four “Menuettes”. It is illustrated with the characters "Pilipil" and "Pepepitoria", who explain to the children what is in each menu. The menu is also designed to cater for children with gluten allergies. -Free tickets for family visits to museums. Discover the specific offers this year at the Parador hotels official website.