Parador de Benicarló - Modern, beachside hotel (4*)
The luxurious, classically elegant Parador de Benicarló is just metres from the quiet Mediterranean coastline of the picturesque and unspoilt Costa del Azahar. This is a predominantly Spanish resort, with less international tourism than further up the coast, giving it more charm and attraction than many resorts.
The Parador de Benicarló has every modern facility you might expect including a pool, gym and a sauna, and the majority of the colourful bedrooms have balconies facing the sea. Of particular note is the expansive garden, studded with palm trees and containing a seasonal outdoor pool, a tennis court and a children’s play area. The Parador is notable for its spaciousness.
In the summer months, the Parador de Benicarló lays on barbecues in the garden for its guests. The surrounding region, often referred to as 'La Huerta de España' (Spain's orchard or allotment) is noted for its cultivation of oranges and artichokes (Benicarló holds an Artichoke Fair in January), and in the Parador’s excellent restaurant guests may sip orange juice from freshly plucked fruit from the trees. Specialities include Alcachofa de Benicarló (artichoke hearts with the much prized designation of local origin), and typical Mediterranean dishes involving rice and seafood.
In front of the main building of Benicarló's Parador is a large car park for guests, with security barriers. Good beaches are a short walk away, the area behind the Parador's gardens having limited access, therefore giving the Parador a quieter setting away from most visitors.