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Parador Hotels in Serrania de Ronda
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 the public in the form of beautifully restored hotel facilities, thanks to a network of state-run Paradores.
You might expect such facilities to only be available to those with maximum spending power – 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 the average person. Therefore, while not exactly cheap, they are within the reach of those who really want to allow for 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 hardly dare to 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 seeing the insides 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.
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Parador Hotels in Serrania de Ronda and Malaga province
The Ronda Parador is an interesting mix of old and new architecture with views of the busy and picturesque Plaza de España on one side and the breathtaking gorge on the other, as well as the 18th century Puente Nuevo bridge. This is an excellent, convenient base for exploring Ronda.
Antequera Parador is a very comfortable inland getaway. Reopened at the end of 2008 after an extensive refurbishment, enjoy slick minimalist rooms, funky furniture and creative cuisine. Excellent base for exploring El Torcal, the town of Antequera and the ancient dolmens.
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.
Malaga Golf Parador is the only golf hotel in the chain and it is also a beach hotel and an airport hotel. A comfortable, modern and cosy facility with pool and banquet facilities and a lovely dining room. Officially opened in 1928 it is the oldest golf course and golf complex on the Costa del Sol.
There is no better way to see Málaga than from the Gibralfaro Castle Parador. Built on a hilltop, next to the Gibralfaro fortress and overlooking the city, the port and especially the bullring, this Parador is a lovely place to stay and a very special place to enjoy a meal. Both the dining room and the cafe bar attract locals for family and business meals.
Each Parador is a unique gem with a history all its own.
Map of Parador hotels