This beautiful hotel in the Cazorla Natural Park enjoys a remote, peaceful location surrounded by pine forests and untouched wilderness. The bountiful flora and fauna of the Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas Natural Park draws visitors to this well-located parador for spectacular hikes and enjoying nature.
Where is it and what’s it like?
This parador is located in the Parque Natural Sierras de Cazorla, in the east of Jaen province.
It is located 3km from the Chiringuito Cerrada Del Utrero, and 4km from Puente de las Herrerias. The town of Cazorla itself is 25km away (about 40 minutes’ drive).
The Parador in Cazorla is built in an attractive hacienda-style, with a long white façade, green shutters, and pitched, tiled roof. The interior is rustic and cosy, featuring a sitting room with wood-beamed ceiling and fireplace. The 34 rooms have traditional décor with tiled floors and wooden furniture, plus spectacular mountain views, and botanical prints on the wall.
There is an outdoor swimming pool, along with extensive grounds including lawns and woodland.
What is the local cuisine like?
Poyos de la Mesa restaurant serves up regional mountain gastronomy which favours game, such as venison, wild boar, partridge, and rabbit (served with tagliatelle and mint), as well as trout. Other options include migas (fried breadcrumbs) and rin-ran (mashed potato and dried red pepper with olives and cod). Local ingredients often used in dishes include figs, walnuts, thyme, rosemary, quinces, almonds and plums.
What is there to do in the area?
You can go canoeing, horse-riding, rock-climbing, via ferrata, mountain biking, fishing, hiking and air sports such as parascending in the valleys, canyons and gorges of the surrounding area. You can also hike to the source of the Guadalquivir river, at Cañada de las Fuentes, an hour’s drive away in Quesada.
Wildlife you can spot in the natural park include vulture colonies, Spanish imperial eagles, wild boar, red deer, Spanish ibex, mouflon, and if you’re very lucky, an endangered Iberian lynx.
Cazorla village is pretty, crowned by Castillo de la Yedra on its hilltop, while history buffs will enjoy the Cámara Sepulcral Ibérica de Toya burial site in Peal del Becerro.
How do I get there?
Take the A319 or A6204 to Cazorla town, and then continue on the A319 to the parador. The road is windy and mountainous, so be sure to drive carefully.
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Sierra Cazorla s/n, Cazorla, Jaén