Parador de Gijón - Former water mill (4*)
The Parador de Gijon, occupying a lovingly restored century-old water mill, and still surrounded by water, is in the beautiful Isabel la Catolica Park. The park is home to over 102 different species of birds and guests can wonder at the sight of peacocks strolling around the park.
The interior of the Parador is both sunny and cosy: from the bar one may look out over the old mill pond and the many species of bird that enjoy the water, including both white and black swans, and the garden includes a children’s play area. The bar itself retains some of the mill’s old architecture, and much of the Parador aims to emulate the similar style. The rooms are bright benefitting from large windows, with some rooms overlooking the magnificent park.
In the Parador de Gijon’s restaurant, guests may enjoy a variety of delicious traditional Asturian dishes, including Fabada (a stew of local sausages and white beans), hake cooked in cider (a local speciality) and Frixuelos (cream-filled wafers).
Just a short walk to the popular San Lorenzo beach and close to the new city centre, the Parador de Gijon is ideally located to explore the best of the city by foot.