Paradors are primarily known for their impressive and historic buildings, but many are just as popular for their breathtaking surroundings. We have chosen a few of these well located Paradors below:
Overlooking Ronda’s famous ‘El Tajo’ gorge, you are unlikely to find many hotels with a more dramatic location than the Parador de Ronda. It occupies a very central position in the former Town Hall building next to the Puente Nuevo Bridge and boasts fantastic views of the Tagus River. You can relax in the Parador’s garden by the swimming pool, or go for a leisurely stroll around Ronda’s charming streets and visit the famous bullring and museum directly alongside the Parador.
Set atop the Santa Catalina hill, this imposing 13th century fortress towers over the historic city of Jaén. Built in 1249 on the ruins of a former Moorish fortress, it now houses the city’s Parador and its décor reflects its proud history with tapestries and suits of armour adorning the communal areas. From the Parador and its pool area you can look down to the city below or across to the distant sierras, soaking in the sweeping landscapes. Of an evening you can spot Jaén’s Cathedral which is illuminated at night to highlight its impressive façade.
This former Pazo (Galician Manor House) is situated within the Monte Real walled fortress and surrounded by the sea on three sides, giving guests the impression they have their own private island. Access to the Parador via a number of historic arches creates a grand entrance, whilst the Parador’s terrace provides spectacular sea views, particularly at sunset.
Up high in the Aran Valley in the heart of the Pyrenees you will find the Parador de Vielha. The dramatic landscape surrounding the Parador can be enjoyed from many of the superior rooms, the panoramic restaurant and the swimming pool. In winter months the sloping valley is dusted with snow and you can marvel across the snow-capped vista from the warmth of the spa’s heated pool.
One of the most famous Paradors in the network, the Parador de Santiago de Compostela is rumoured to be one of the oldest hotels in the world, previously accommodating pilgrims after their long pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago. Situated in the same square as the Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela, the journey’s end for pilgrims on the Camino, you would struggle to find a more prestigious location to rest your head.
No list of spectacular locations in Spain would be complete without the Parador de Cuenca. Set in a 16th century convent in the heart of a gorge, Cuenca’s Parador offers magnificent views of the famous hanging houses (Casas Colgadas) which date back to the 15th century, one of which houses the Museum of Spanish Abstract Art. There is a bridge connecting the Parador to Cuenca’s old town which achieved UNESCO World Heritage status in 1996 and is home to some fascinating buildings such as the Gothic Cathedral.