Paradors: an unforgettable stay
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Paradores de Turismo de España.
Would you like to visit cities with stunning cultural heritage and sleep in fantasy settings? Come and make this dream come true, staying at Parador Hotels in Spain's World Heritage Cities. It is an irresistible idea, a unique form of accommodation that will awaken all your senses. Imposing castles, quiet convents, elegant palaces, typical houses, modern buildings... all converted into comfortable hotels. Explore thirteen unique destinations and let their monuments take your breath away. Will you join us on this unbeatable journey?
You can start this route in the Region of Madrid, specifically in Alcalá de Henares, 34 kilometres from the capital. This was the birthplace of writer Miguel de Cervantes, and you will love its noble palaces. After a pleasant stroll, what better than lunch at its 16th-century Inn? There you can enjoy authentic Castilian cuisine with the cosy surroundings of its open fireplace and period furniture.
124 kilometres from Alcalá de Henares is Segovia, with its amazing Roman aqueduct. After you explore the splendid history of this city, you are sure to want to stay in its Parador Hotel: open up the windows in its spacious rooms because the views are spectacular. Would you prefer to sleep in a 16th-century palace? It is 67 kilometres further to the Parador Hotel in Ávila: rooms with four-poster canopy beds and a garden with archaeological remains will make you feel like royalty in this city surrounded by an impressive defensive wall.
From Ávila it is less than an hour to Salamanca, where we would suggest a visit to its Cathedrals. Can you imagine waking up to a close-up view of their towers? Then stay in its Parador Hotel, a real viewpoint for the city with spacious rooms and a swimming pool. Cuenca, 370 kilometres away, is another magical city, where you can visit the Hanging Houses. Facing them is the Parador Hotel: a 16th-century convent surrounded by countryside with a glass-enclosed cloister.
In just over two and a half hours you can be in Toledo. You are sure to have an unforgettable stay in this city, because its historic centre is home to the world's densest concentration of monument buildings, one of which is the Cathedral. Its Parador Hotel is a typical regional construction with swimming pool and luxurious facilities.
The extraordinary monuments of the city of Cáceres are just 270 kilometres from Toledo. More than ten slender towers preside over its old town. You can even sleep in one of them, as it is part of the Parador Hotel: a magnificent palace whose wine cellar contains more than 300 fine wines. Just 80 kilometres away, in Mérida, you will think yo have travelled back to the splendour of ancient Rome, visiting its Theatre. An excellent option for accommodation is the Parador Hotel, an 18th-century convent with an old chapel and beautiful gardens.
If you continue towards southern Spain, 300 kilometres further on you come to Cordoba. There you can see its emblematic Great Mosque-Cathedral. You can visit this unique monument after spending a wonderful night at the Parador Hotel. You will love a dip in the pool, and its location surrounded by gardens home to Europe's first palm trees.
The fascinating north
Don't think you've seen it all. Santiago de Compostela is in northwestern Spain and is one of the world's most visited destinations, thanks to its Cathedral, the final destination for pilgrims on the Way of St. James. Here you can stay in the spectacular Parador hotel, a 15th-century royal hospital next to the Cathedral itself. It is considered to be the world's oldest hotel, and is also one of the most luxurious on account of its spectacular cloisters. In northeastern Spain you will find Tarragona, outstanding for its Roman Circus. For an unforgettable stay, where better than the Parador Hotel in Tortosa (87 kilometres from Tarragona), a 10th-century castle with views of the city from its impressive windows.
The charm of the islands
Comfort and countryside can also be found at the Parador Hotel's on Spain's islands. In the Canary Islands, specifically Tenerife, you will find the World Heritage City of San Cristóbal de la Laguna. After a visit to its wonderful historic centre, you can stay in the nearby Parador Hotel in Cañadas del Teide, a mountain lodge with stunning views of Teide peak. There is another World Heritage City in the Balearic Islands: Ibiza, which will soon have a Parador Hotel in La Almudaina Castle.