Parador de Cazorla
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- Swimming pool
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Parador de Cazorla - Traditional-style Andalusian country house (3*)
The Parador de Cazorla is a charming hunting-lodge style property set in a privileged position within the heart of the Cazorla Nature reserve, far to the northeast of Granada.
The Parador is located 26 km from the town of Cazorla which equates to a leisurely 45 minute drive through the national park. This region has been the given the nickname 'Spanish Switzerland' and with the views on offer, it is easy to see why. The drive to the Parador is best enjoyed at a leisurely pace, enabling one to take in the jaw-dropping views available as the mountain road winds its way up through the reserve. There are several viewing points along the way where one can park up and capture some photos of the verdant valleys below.
The Parador itself is in a fairly secluded and remote position making it a perfect location for those wishing to escape from civilization for a few days and spend some time unwinding amidst this impressive natural park.
The Parador has all the facilities necessary to ensure an enjoyable and comfortable stay. The Parador has a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and terrace, and there is also a children’s play area in the garden, whilst inside the hotel the decorative theme reminds one of a hunting lodge. Steeped in its natural surroundings and proud hunting history, the Parador de Cazorla is home to some of the hunter’s trophies, further emulating the hunting lodge style of the Parador.
For those keen to head out and explore the national park and its wildlife on foot, there are various trails and routes passing through the Parador. Reception staff are happy to equip guests with maps and provide all the required information for these trails. The Parador is also able to help guests organize tours further afield in the park and provide transport so please be sure to enquire at reception if these are of interest.
Both large and small game regularly feature in the Parador’s dining room when in season – for example, Andrajo con conejo (rabbit stewed with vegetables and dumplings). Other dishes on offer include Pipirrana (salad of peppers, cucumber, onion and tomato) and Pisto (fried vegetables).
In addition to the more formal dining on offer in the restaurant, guests are able to enjoy a bite to eat in the Parador’s café-bar which comprises of both a lounge with traditional furniture and fireplace, as well as an external terrace where a relaxing cup of café con leche can be combined with the best views on offer and some fresh mountain air.
Situated in Carzorla’s National Park, the area around the Cazorla Parador is an incredible natural beauty spot. Known as ‘Mater Amantissima’ (the ever-loving mother) it is home to various flora, fauna, and vast number of different species including deer, wild boar, and ibex which lucky guests may spot in the surrounding area. The reserve is home to numerous rivers, springs, and pine forests, and arguably some of the most impressive natural views in Spain. It gains its nickname ‘Spanish Switzerland’ from its rocky alpine landscape which encompasses an impressive 76,000 hectares.
The people of these mountains, very traditional in their customs, describe themselves as simple olive growers. Their culture is unique amongst Spanish customs, and is represented through the indigenous cuisine, art, craftwork, and autonomous language. Visitors can marvel at the beautiful simplicity of the lifestyle, and the unique local traditions. Indeed, it is testament to the people of the region that they can live fruitfully off such an inhospitable landscape.
The town of Cazorla with its narrow streets was founded in the 16th Century BC. It was originally named Castaón and became Carcesa under Roman rule, before then being renamed Medina Casturra by the Arab conquerors, with each passing civilization leaving their mark on the town. Its architecture, blending beautifully with its natural surroundings, and the numerous historical monuments situated within the city’s limits led to it being declared a Historical Artistic Heritage site in 1972. The Castillo de Yedra (the Ivy Castle) is considered the town’s most prominent feature. Standing up on the hillside it is also known as the Four Corners Castle because its square tower’s corners each point in the four cardinal directions. Originally built by the Romans and then fortified under the Arabs, it now houses a museum dedicated to the history of the area.
La Torre del Vinagre (The Vinegar Tower), based in the Cazorla National Park, is an old watch tower, and the perfect place for those exploring the reserve to begin their trail. The tower’s museum offers an excellent insight into the areas natural history, with various interactive and informative exhibitions. The Museo de la Caza (The Hunting Museum) is situated within the tower’s museum and is dedicated to the region’s important hunting history, displaying various trophies of these traditional hunts. Also onsite is a botanical garden featuring some of the reserve’s indigenous flora and fauna, such as the rare Cazorla violet.
The nearby village of Segura de la Sierra has a rich and fascinating history and is a must-see for any history lovers. Conquered by the Arabs in 1200, the village is spread over the mountainside with the grand Mudejar-style castle sitting on the mountain’s peak, 1000m high and offering unbeatable views of the surrounding mountainous landscape. The ancient Arab baths, along with the 16th century town hall (formerly a Jesuit school), Carlos V fountain, and the rumoured birth place of poet Jorge Manrique, resulted in the village being awarded ‘Historic-Artistic Grouping’ status by the Spanish government in 1972.
This Parador will be closed from 11th to 31st December 2016 (inclusive), but is 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.
The Parador de Cazorla's retaurant offers "Andrajo con conejo" (rabbit stewed with vegetables and dumplings). Other dishes on offer include "Pipirrana" (salad of peppers, cucumber, onion and tomato) and "Pisto" (fried vegetables).
The Parador’s outdoor swimming pool is due to open from 01 June2016 until mid-September 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 in the heart of the Cazorla Nature Reserve at an altitude of 1400m and just 26 km from the town of Cazorla. The approach road to the Parador is conveniently signposted, with signs always on your right as you ascend after passing through the security gate in the town of Burunchel, where you gain entrance to this protected area. You can reach the security gate by taking the N-322 highway, which connects Ubeda with Baeza, and which then joins the A319 road, which leads to 'Peal de Becerro-Cazorla'.
Ubeda - 75km
Cordoba - 220km
Granada - 224km
Malaga Airport - 360km
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.