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The Castle of Saint Catherine in Jaen, the prefect place to stay. A 13th century castle. © Michelle Chaplow

The 13th-century Castle of Saint Catherine in Jaen - the perfect place to stay.

Paradors in Andalucia

Imagine spending the night in a Spanish castle, looking down from your perch on a hilltop. Or, how would you like to stay in an ancient monastery or a convent? Many such buildings are open to the public in the form of beautifully restored hotel facilities, thanks to a network of state-run Paradores.

You might expect that such facilities would only be available to those with ample budgets – but this is not so. In fact, one of the aims of the Parador hotels is to make these wonderful buildings and amazing destinations accessible to normal budgets. Therefore, while not exactly cheap, they are within the reach of those who really want such unique experiences.

Paradores are not always located in historic buildings. Sometimes the purpose of a Parador is to open up a fascinating – but remote – area to tourism. These are cases where private ventures will not risk setting up shop, so the government has taken the initiative to build quality facilities for those wishing to visit these out-of-the-way places.

Even if you don’t stay in a Parador, you can still enjoy the amazing views, unique settings or just glimpsing the interiors of castles, palaces and other historic buildings by having lunch, dinner or even just afternoon tea or a cup of coffee on the terrace.

One thing is certain: each Parador is a unique gem with a history all its own. However, you choose to get to know the Paradores you come across, be sure to find out the story behind each one – especially when restoration has been a factor. These are the history lessons you will never forget.

Reviews of the prestigious Parador hotels of Andalucia. As well as being located in historic buildings such as castles, palaces and convents, other, modern buildings are designed to open up… More →

Imagine spending the night in a Spanish castle, looking down from your perch on a lone hilltop. Or, how would you like to stay in an ancient monastery or a convent? Many such buildings are open to… More →
The paradors are often located higher up, providing panoramic views of the cities and their surroundings. They are also usually located close to the major sights of the city, making it that much… More →
The paradors are often located higher up, providing panoramic views of the cities and their surroundings. They are also usually located close to the major sights of the city, making it that much… More →
The paradors are often located higher up, providing panoramic views of the cities and their surroundings. They are also usually located close to the major sights of the city, making it that much… More →
These Paradors are located in the city or countryside and were constructed as modern contemporary paradors as opposed to historic buildings. They are ideal for a family holiday and all have outdoor… More →
These Paradors are located in the city or countryside and were constructed as mid 20th Century style paradors as opposed to historic buildings. They are ideal for a family holiday and all have… More →
These paradors are located in the countryside or very close to it, providing rural escapes for those who wish to explore nature and Andalucia´s beautiful outdoors. Hiking, paragliding, climbing and… More →
Many of Andalucia´s famous paradors are located on the coast, providing direct access to the beach and Mediterranean sea. Many of the rooms at these hotels have private balconies or terraces from… More →
Many of Andalucia´s famous paradors are located in, or on the edge of, major cities, providing an ideal base from which you can explore the city where you are staying. Although these paradors are… More →
The Granada Parador, also known as the Parador de San Francisco, has an enviable setting: it is located inside the world-famous Alhambra. Formerly a monastery, this beautiful, historic building with… More →

The Jaen Parador, also known as the Parador de Santa Catalina, has a spectacular setting: it is in a restored castle on a hill overlooking the ancient city of Jaen, and the countryside and… More →

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Set within the grounds of the Alhambra Palace, Parador de Granada has a beautiful location. Housed in a 15th-century convent, this luxurious hotel features a popular restaurant. The Parador combines original features including stone archways, beamed ceilings and antique furnishings with chic, contemporary décor.

The outstanding feature of the Ayamonte Parador in are the views of the wetlands where the Guadiana River meets the Atlantic on the Spain – Portugal border. The architecture and decor are contemporary. It’s also a good base for exploring Huelva in Spain and the Algarve in Portugal.

The Parador de Nerja is best described as a family beach hotel. This is a modern facility with 98 rooms that are comfortable with ample balconies that look out to the sea. There are also lovely lawns on the seaside with an outdoor swimming pool with direct elevator access to Buriana Beach.

On top of the Santa Catalina hill, this 18th-century castle has been beautifully renovated keeping its huge stone walls and many historical features to make for an authentic stay in Jaén. Inside the Parador Jaén, you can travel back in time to the 18th-century when you walk through and admire the original features.

PARADORES IN ANDALUCIA

Each Parador is a unique gem with a history all its own.

Each Parador is a unique gem with a history all its own.

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