Parador de Ayamonte
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- Twin rooms (32)
- Double rooms (4)
- Room with living room (18)
- Capacity (107)
- Conference room
- Central heating
- Air conditioning
- Deposit box
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Swimming pool
- Disabled facilities
- Golf (6km)
- Airport (150km)
- Station (60km)
- Port (60km)
Parador de Ayamonte - Modern hotel with river views (4*)
Set high on a hill above the seaside frontier town of Ayamonte, with magnificent views across the River Guadiana to Portugal and out towards the Atlantic, the Parador de Ayamonte has everything you could need for a quiet, relaxing break.
Contemporary in style, Ayamonte’s Parador is built with the objective of taking advantage of its fantastic riverside location. The Parador’s bar and terrace both permit guests to enjoy the spectacular scenery, whilst an outdoor pool provides respite on warmer days.
Spacious and airy, the use of large windows throughout the Parador makes for a very bright and welcoming interior. Guest rooms are similarly light and decorated in a contemporary style, often using nautical touches and colour schemes to coincide with the town’s coastal position.
The modern style of the Parador de Ayamonte belies the fact that the building occupies an area where an ancient Roman castle once stood towering over the river. It is this history, along with its prime setting and peaceful atmosphere that makes the Parador a popular choice.
Ayamonte is a quiet fishing town located on the Guadiana River overlooking the Portuguese border. It takes its name from the Greek ‘Anapotaman’ meaning ‘over the river’, a perfect description of the Ayamonte. The pretty white houses and riverside location make for a picturesque setting, and visitors can take advantage of the stunning views out across the river and over to Portugal.
The seaside location guarantees that you are never more than a short drive away from one of Huelva’s stunning kilometre-long beaches, which are lined with pinewood and beautiful sandy dunes. Proximity to the river and sea ensures a plethora of water-based activities with boat trips along the Portuguese border being one of the most popular excursions.
The nearby coastal towns of Isla Cristina and Isla de Moral are great choices for beach-lovers, each boasting expansive sandy coastlines with plenty of sunshine. Ayamonte is also a great base for visiting the nearby golf courses at Isla Caneda, the Islantilla Golf Resort and the Golf Club El Rapido.
For culture-seekers, Ayamonte itself has plenty to offer in terms of beautiful architecture and historic buildings. The San Salvador and San Francisco churches are of particular note, hailing from the 15th and 16th centuries respectively, both have towers which benefit from spectacular views over neighbouring Portugal. The eco-museum Molino El Pintado is an interesting feature point occupying a former 18th century mill. The museum itself features the history of the mill and Ayamonte. The Plaza de La Laguna is an excellent dining spot with many restaurants providing outdoor seating.
Ayamonte is surrounded by protected nature points and the Guadiana marshes are home to a variety of birdlife and wildlife. The area has plenty to offer in terms of seafood, beaches, nature and culture, a lovely Spanish gem.
Click here for Lorna Roberts' expert view on this Parador as she journeys through Andalucia.
Parador's 'Gastrobar' concept
Extensive lunch and dinner menus are served in the new 'Gastrobar', which offers a range of meal options from light snacks to 3 course dinners in an informal but well serviced environment. We hope you enjoy this new experience.
This Parador will be closed from 3rd November 2014 to 21st December 2014 (low season) but will be open the rest of the year.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Breakfast is served from 8.00 to 11.00 and dinner from 20.30 to 23.00.
It may be possible to arrive up to 22.30 and still enjoy a meal.
In the restaurant: shrimps from the Huelva coast, "arroz Caldoso" (Rice with fish cooked and served in broth), Iberian pork meast, and "Coca Ayamontina" (Almond sponge cake made special aquash compote).
The Parador’s outdoor swimming pool is due to open from 14 May 2016 until 16 November 2016.
Please note the opening and closing dates will depend on the weather and availability of lifeguards.
How to get there
The Parador is located at the mouth of the river Guadiana. The autovia Sevilla-Huelva-Portugal is the natural approach road, although you can also reach the Parador from Portugal along the Algarve motorway. Ayamonte is located 52 km from Huelva, the capital of the province.
Magazon - 86km
Carmona - 185km
Arcos de la Frontera - 247km
Cadiz - 281km
Sevilla Airport - 150km
Region & Cuisine
The second largest of Spain’s Autonomous Communities, Andalusia occupies a major part of the southern half of the country. The region’s eight provinces extend from the Portuguese border in the west, north to the neighbouring regions of Extremadura and Castilla La Mancha and to Almería, bordering Murcia, in the east.
Inevitably, Andalusia will be best known to many people for its beaches, notably along the Mediterranean ‘Costa de Sol’ and the Atlantic ‘Costa de la Luz’, and the coast certainly encompasses a good part of the region’s natural wealth. This is no doubt largely due to the exceptional climate – one of the warmest in Europe – that prevails all along the coastline, with hot dry summers, winters with mild temperatures and many ‘mini regions’ boasting their own microclimates. But it is a mistake to associate Andalusia only with its ‘Costas’, for this is a region that offers the visitor virtually everything in terms of history, art and nature.
Scenically, Andalusia is a land of contrasts. For example, in the province of Granada in winter one can experience 22°C on the coast and travel just 33 km north into the Sierra Nevada mountains to find a temperature of 10°C below zero. Further east , in the province of AlmerÍa, is an area unique in Europe – the Tabernas desert, where many of the ‘Spaghetti Westerns’ were filmed. To the north of Granada is the province of Jaén, the land of the olive with over 50 million olive trees planted and olive oil providing the main source of wealth in the province. Further south, some thirty municipalities form the famous ‘route of the white towns’, a string of picturesque little towns and villages extending across the northern part of the provinces of Cádiz and Málaga and all displaying the same picture- postcard white architecture so typical of rural Andalusia. Over 17% of the region of Andalusia is classified as a protected natural area, with its two national parks of Doñana and Sierra Nevada particularly well known for the preservation of their rich variety of flora and fauna.
Cádiz, Seville, Córdoba, Granada, Málaga – all these historic Andalusian cities display countless examples of the rich architectural and artistic legacy from over eight centuries of Moorish occupation of this region. Pride of place must go to the most emblematic monument in Granada (the capital of Spain’s last Moorish kingdom) – the incomparable Alhambra with its adjoining Generalife gardens, a unique complex of palaces, fortresses and royal quarters making this one of the most fascinating, and most visited, monuments in the world.
An essential feature of Andalusian art, and life, is of course the form of music and dance known as flamenco, an artistic expression of the most deeply rooted Andalusian culture. The precise origin of flamenco is unknown, but certainly it has Moorish influences and many of its most famous practitioners, both past and present, have been of gypsy origin. Wherever you are in Andalusia you are likely to hear flamenco, whether at an organised concert, or coming from inside someone’s house, or simply an impromptu performance in a village square. It’s in everyone’s blood, and it’s delightful.
Given the immense area of this region, gastronomic diversity best describes the cuisine of Andalusia. The so-called ‘Mediterranean diet’, with its basis of olive oil and considered by many experts to be the healthiest in the world, has its origin here. One of Spain’s most famous products, the Iberian Jabugo ham, is produced in Huelva province with the very finest hams reputedly cured ‘in a certain position in a certain room of a certain house in Huelva’. Gazpacho, the cold soup made with tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, bread and garlic originated in Andalusia and is found throughout the region as is ‘ajoblanco’, a delicious variation on gazpacho. Fruit and vegetables grow in profusion along the coastal region: mountains of strawberries in Huelva province; oranges, lemons, tropical and sub-tropical fruit (mango, papaya, banana, avocado) in Málaga and Granada provinces, and many varieties of vegetable in Almería province. In the mountains further inland, game dishes include partridge, rabbit, venison and wild boar, while anywhere near the sea you will find one of the most popular of all Andalusian dishes – ‘pescaito frito’ or mixed fried fish.
Not particularly renowned for the excellence of its wines, Andalusia does however produce the finest sherries in the world (the major establishments can be visited in Jerez de la Frontera) and – especially in Málaga province – several delicious dessert wines.
Please be aware of the following:
- 'Special Offers' are subject to the availability of a number of rooms per night and/or a specific meal basis.
- Age restrictions apply to the 'Golden Days' Offer (for those aged 55 and over) and the 'Young Persons' Offer (for those aged between 18 and 30). All reservations made using these tariffs are checked upon your arrival at the Parador(s) booked to ensure that at least one person in a room qualifies for the restricted tariff. In the case that you do not qualify for the restricted tariff, the Parador will apply the standard rate without exception and you will be required to pay a supplement locally. However only one person (per room) needs to qualify for either of these two reductions.