Parador de Carmona
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- Single rooms (3)
- Twin rooms (51)
- Double rooms (9)
- Capacity (123)
- Conference room
- Central heating
- Air conditioning
- Canal plus
- Deposit box
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Swimming pool
- Golf (23km)
- Airport (25km)
- Station (30km)
- Port (30km)
Parador de Carmona - Medieval Moorish Fortress (4*)
This imposing citadel was begun by the Moors and enlarged by King Pedro (it is known as the Alcázar del Rey Don Pedro). The grand Parador de Carmona dominates the historic town of Carmona, which stands on a ridge overlooking the central plain of Andalusia. The outstanding Parador hotel within the citadel maintains the town’s historic legacy, with a Moorish-style tiled inner courtyard with arcades and a fountain, vaulted dining room, decorated ceilings, antique furnishings, and balconies overlooking the town and the river below. The mighty walls of the ancient fortress are best viewed from the hotel’s luxurious outdoor swimming pool and the Parador’s terrace enjoys panoramic views down over the surrounding plains.
Carmona – known as Carmo to the Romans – was a Moorish stronghold until it was captured in 1247 by Ferdinand III of Castile, who gave the town its motto: ‘As the Morning Star shines in the dawn, so shines Carmona in Andalusia’. The Parador, which is located within this historical Andalucian town, can be found just 30 km from Seville on the road to Córdoba and makes a great base for visiting both cities. A couple of places of interest within Carmona itself that are certainly not to be missed include the Roman Necropolis, located just on the outskirts of the town. Here visitors can explore the many burial chambers and tombs, which have been unearthed and meticulously excavated on this site. The Seville Gate that forms part of the town’s surrounding wall and Carmona’s city museum are other places worth visiting. If guests are to venture anywhere beyond the walled enclosure then a day spent in Seville is definitely a must, as this colourful and exciting city has plenty to offer. It is a must-see for all those who want to submerge themselves in culture and experience real Andalucía.
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.
The refectory, fitted out as a dining room dishes as: Spinach cooked with paprika, spices and chickpeas, "Alboronia" (mixed vegetables cooked with pumpkin squash and quince jelly) and Tarta de Cidra (puff pastry with special squash compote).
The Parador’s outdoor swimming pool is due to open from 14 May 2016 until 30 September 2016.
Please note the opening and closing dates will depend on the weather and availability of lifeguards.
- D. Wakeford
I think that Carmona has become our favourite Parador so far! It was full of character and had stunning views over the plain. Carmona itself is full of history and had a festival at the time that we were there.
- Sandra Jegat
Such a quiet, calm hotel away from the hustle and bustle of Seviile. Seville was magical, Carmona was charming.
How to get there
Dominating the town, the Parador de Carmona is 30 km from the city of Sevilla. The main access to monumental walks around the historical centre is the E-05, Autovía de Andalucía, from Sevilla to Cordoba or vice versa.
Cordoba - 100km
Arcos de la Frontera - 120km
Antequera - 135km
Cadiz - 154km
Sevilla Airport - 30km
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.