Mountain Retreats in Spain
If Spain is a holiday destination which attracts a tremendous amount of travellers over the summer months, the country also has a lot to offer during the winter and spring seasons. From the Pyrenees to the Canary Islands, Spain is home to a wide range of mountainous areas which can be considered as the perfect spot for a cosy retreat. Some Paradors in these areas are designed as mountain lodges and provide visitors with the opportunity to see and experience Spain differently. Plenty of activities are available at these Paradors, ranging from hiking to bird watching through to mountain climbing. So think of Spain for your next winter or spring break, and treat yourself to a stay just as magical as the holiday season.
The stunning location of this Parador makes it a preferred choice for anyone who wishes to enjoy Spain’s natural wonders. Situated in the heart of the Picos de Europa National Park, the Parador de Fuente De is surrounded by magnificent forests, mountain slopes and rocky peaks soaring towards the sky. Views onto these exceptional surroundings are available either from the Parador’s bedrooms or restaurant. There could hardly be a more relaxing experience than having breakfast while facing the beauty of the Picos de Europa. If you are looking for the perfect picture to take of this exceptional scenery, the Parador is located right at the foot of a cable car leading up to several stunning viewpoints. The walk back down from these viewpoints is not physically challenging, and allows you to make the most of the forests’ beauty.
Like Fuente De, the Parador de Bielsa is located within a spectacular National Park – Ordesa. The Park is home to some of the most impressive peaks in the Pyrenees, such as Monte Perdido which has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. It is under its slopes that the Parador de Bielsa has been established, and provides visitors with lovely views over the Pyrenean mountain range as well as with great walking routes. While the Parador’s location is immersing travellers in nature, its interior design enables them to enjoy the cosiness and comfort of a traditional mountain lodge. The Parador’s proximity to France also makes it an ideal location for skiing opportunities, with a number of ski resorts less than an hour’s drive away across the border.
Cruz de Tejeda
The Parador de Cruz de Tejeda, on Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands, is surprisingly well-suited for mountain-loving travellers. Rising at 1,560 metres above the sea level, the Parador offers unrestricted views onto the forests and mountainous sceneries within which it is encapsulated. The hotel’s style can be described as modern, yet retaining some of the traditional features of Canarian architecture. Visitors can thus enjoy a peaceful retreat in the both cosy and lavish environment of the Parador, which is also equipped with state-of-the-art spa facilities including the outdoor infinity pool, perched above a luxuriant pine forest.
Famously known for being the first Parador to open in 1928, the Parador de Gredos deserves a place among the best ones to visit during the winter and spring seasons. The hotel was formerly used as a royal hunting lodge, and has kept its atmosphere of comfortable refuge thanks to, for instance, the great fireplaces warming up the common areas. The Parador’s location, at the heart of the Sierra Gredos mountain range, invites guests to long walks throughout the surrounding forests, meadows and picturesque hills. Hiking and fishing are only some of the outdoor activities to do at the Parador de Gredos, which possesses so much charm as to transform your stay into an incredibly soothing experience.
The numerous mountainous areas dispersed throughout Spain welcome visitors all-year round, but their enchanting atmosphere truly reveals itself in the year’s coldest months. If you think of taking a break from it all this spring or winter, we invite you to consider Spain and its superb Paradors, some of which are undoubtedly made for relaxing, homely-feeling retreats. The period from November to April – excluding the holidays – also is generally quieter than summer time in Spain, thus guaranteeing your stay calm and serenity. The Paradors de Vielha, Arties, Canadas del Teide and Cazorla could be further added on to the list of Spain’s best spring and winter destinations, which proves that the country has plenty to offer for the holiday season.