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Parador Amour! Fall in Love with Spain’s Most Enchanting Accommodations

Parador Amour! Fall in Love with Spain’s Best Kept Accommodation Secret

Staying in an historic Parador of Spain is an infinitely more exciting way to see the country than staying in a hotel that is indistinguishable from any other resort.  A Parador stay will give you a much deeper inside into the past, present and future of this wonderful country.

Parador Alhambra Granada Spain

Parador Alhambra Granada Spain

What is a Parador?

The Paradores de Turismo de Espana are a chain of luxury hotels with a difference. King Alfonso XIII founded the state run enterprise to promote tourism in Spain by converting historic buildings into hotels and building new ones. In 1928 the first Parador opened in Gredos, Avila and today there are more than 90 Parador destinations to choose from across the country.

Why stay in a Parador?

When you choose a Spanish Parador holiday you can stay in a spectacular building and choose to be off the beaten track or close to the action. You’ll find castles, monasteries, stately homes and modern hotels amongst Spain’s many Paradores.

Enjoy the traditional Castillian stone structure of the original Parador, which nestles in the forest covering the Gredos mountains.

You can stay at possibly the world’s oldest hotel, Parador de Santiago de Compostela, a 15th century pilgrim’s hostel which today offers a luxurious experience complete with antique furnishings and grand four poster beds.

The Parador de Ceuta is a modern masterpiece that incorporates the ancient walls of Ceuta’s Royal Palace. A stone’s throw from North Africa, a stay at Ceuta couldn’t be further from the typical Spanish holiday experience.

Parador de Vielha in the Aran Valley is a 1960’s complex that recently enjoyed an impressive revamp and offers chic rooms, an impressive circular restaurant and state of the art spa, whilst its valley setting makes it an ideal base for summer hiking and winter sports.

How much does it cost to stay in a Parador?

Parador Chinchon Madrid Spain

Parador Chinchon Madrid Spain

Paradores are state run which means the prices offered are often more reasonable than equivalent private hotels. Although a parador may not be the best choice if you’re looking for a bargain basement break, you will find three and four star accommodation for a price that’s more than fair.

All of Spain’s Paradores have restaurants and many have swimming pools, spas and other facilities that guests can take advantage of, so when you book a Parador, you can enjoy much more than simply your room.

Parador prices are seasonal, so you can make savings if you choose to stay out of the main tourist season. In addition it’s possible to find special offers online for discount deals and golf, wedding and gourmet packages.

So if you want to experience a different side of Spain and avoid bland and boring package holidays then opt for more exciting accommodation and book your Parador holiday today.

KeyTel International are the official representative in the UK for the Paradors. Check out their Special Offers where you can still stay at certain Paradors for as little as £26 per night!

About The Author:  John Hinds writes for Lojix and Shard Design. His interests include writing, reading, playing tennis, traveling and attempting to keep up with technology!
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