Paradores are a unique chain of hotels owned by the Spanish government. Their mission is to present history and charm with a quality hotel experience. The first Parador was opened in 1928 at Gredos in the mountains West of Madrid. There are now over 90, many of which are in restored castles, palaces, convents and monasteries. Others are in spectacular coastal settings. Many of these are constructed in the style of the area, as the location is selected rather than the building.
Our favourite seaside properties are at Hondaribbia near San Sebastian, where a castle stands above the Basque town overlooking the Bay of Biscay and French coastline at Baiona in Galicia, north western Spain, where the Parador is in a fortress on a headland with dramatic Atlantic views.
Other Paradores are in world heritage villages, in National Parks, and in some of Spain’s most famous cities such as Toledo, Segovia, Avila, Granada, Santiago de Compostela, Cordoba, Malaga and Salamanca.