Parador de Lorca
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- Twin rooms (65)
- Conference room
- Swimming pool (indoor)
- Disabled facilities
Parador de Lorca - Stylish hotel encompassing 11th to 15th century archaeology (4*)
Sitting high above the Murcian city of Lorca, this newly-opened Parador combines the impressive historical remains of the original castle’s fortifications with a 15th century synagogue, bringing together 3 major cultures – Islamic, Jewish and Christian - with exquisite modern architecture, affording guests a unique experience that boasts breathtaking views onto the surrounding countryside and rolling hills. Four architects worked on the Parador’s design and they have created an impressive and attractive hotel experience which you cannot fail to appreciate. Whilst the building itself is generally of new construction, much is made of the original archaeological site and of the recently uncovered ruins of the castle complex, connecting the Parador directly with the antiquity of the site and giving it the feel of a much older property. The Parador was opened and inaugurated by the Queen Sofia of Spain on the 12th July 2012.
The Keytel team were fortunate enough to visit the Parador in January 2013, allowing us to get to know the hotel and its full range of facilities. The Region of Murcia is often referred to by Spaniards as La Huerta de Europa, or in English ‘Europe’s Orchard’, due to the quantity of produce grown here and its proud agricultural traditions. The Parador’s ‘Helios restaurant’ showcases the best in regional produce and guests can try superb regional gastronomy such as Caldero Murciano (rice stew), Zarangallo (scrambled eggs with zucchini and potatoes) and Roast shoulder of Kid, as well as an excellent selection of wines from the up-and-coming local areas of Yecla and Jumilla. In the summer months guests can enjoy magnificent vistas from the restaurant’s terrace, whilst indulging in a carefully-prepared buffet breakfast which is not to be missed!
Each of the 76 rooms is stylishly furnished, offering internet connection, WIFI, LED televisions and a mini bar. The 553 square metre convention and event room can be divided into three separate spaces and also features two function rooms, ideal for meetings or private dinners. For guests more intent on enjoying some relaxation time, the Parador possesses a superb spa which features an indoor pool with panoramic views of the nearby mountain ranges, jacuzzi, sauna, caldarium, steam bath, bi-thermal showers and a number of treatment rooms.
The 13th Century Gothic Castle of Lorca, which today takes the name ‘Fortress of the Sun’, is immediately adjacent to the Parador and was declared a Historic Artistic Monument back in 1931. We certainly recommend setting aside some time to visit this site and if time allows the city below also boasts an attractive collection of historical monuments and museums, such as the Embroidery and Archaeological Museums as well as the Palace of Guevara.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Breakfast is served from 8.00 to 10.30 and dinner from 20.15 to 22.30.
It may be possible to arrive up to 22.00 and still enjoy a meal.
The Parador’s ‘Helios restaurant’ showcases the best in regional produce and guests can try superb regional gastronomy such as Caldero Murciano (rice stew), Zarangallo (scrambled eggs with zucchini and potatoes) and Roast shoulder of Kid, as well as an excellent selection of wines from the up-and-coming local areas of Yecla and Jumilla. In the summer months guests can enjoy magnificent vistas from the restaurant’s terrace, whilst indulging in a carefully-prepared buffet breakfast which is not to be missed!
The Parador’s outdoor swimming pool is due to open in 2016 all year round.
Please note the opening and closing dates will depend on the weather and availability of lifeguards.
- Lorna Roberts, February 2013
“The golfers with me were delighted that there is a first-class course at "Lorca Resort" just 15 Km from the Parador.”
- Lorna Roberts, February 2013
“As we entered the reception area all we could say was "WOW"! For anyone interested in architecture both Parador Cadiz and Parador Lorca are a "must-see”.
- Miss Spicer
Recently spent the weekend at Lorca and was very impressed with this new Parador. It has incredible views and the staff were very welcoming and helpful. Definitely would recommend!
How to get there
Speedway A7 (former N-340): links Lorca and Murcia (65 km) allowing easy access to the areas of Levante and Catalonia, with the Centre through the A30 (former N-301) and with Vera, Mojácar or Almería (in only 142 km). A-91 (former N-342): links Puerto Lumbreras (17 km) with the 'Autovía del Mediterráneo', communicating Lorca with Granada (216 km) and Andalusia. C-3211 (to the North): links Lorca with Caravaca de la Cruz (46 km) and the other villages in the North-eastern part of the province, linked with the speedway Madrid-Cartagena. C-3211 (to the South): links Lorca with the coastal town of Águilas (36 k.) and, through the CT-32 (former N-332), with Lorca's coast (Calnegre), Mazarrón and Cartagena.
Parador de Mojácar (Almería), 87 km.
Parador de Puerto Lumbreras (Murcia), 19 km.
Region & Cuisine
Lorca is a very picturesque town in the south-east of Spain with notable monuments in then cobbled streets of its historic centre. Parts of the town are under reconstruction due to an earthquake disrupting part of the town in May 2011. You can see clear evidence of the roman influence in Lorca’s architecture with several archaeological sites such as the Espolon Towers. You will discover a cornucopia of sites from several eras, portraying Lorca’s diverse historical origins.
Lorca is a unique place that represents different ages through the past times, to make the most of this there is a special tourist train available to encourage the artistic and historical aspects of the town. This train tours visitors to some of the museums that have historic and artistic characteristics. There is even a chance to gain entry to the Paso Blanco Museum and the well-known Fortress of the Sun. Another great attraction worth visiting is the 13th century Lorca Castle which is very hard to miss a looking down onto the town from up on high. The style of this castle is very gothic which is made moderately obvious from the ceiling design as it is vaulted. After the castle was refurbished in the 15th century, it became a popular place for visitors and was then renamed as the Fortress of the Sun.
As regards transport facilities in this area, the railway is a productive means of transport operating services between Murcia and Lorca with a journey time of around 45 minutes. There are also effective bus services running from Lorca into the main and southern cities of Spain including Granada, Sevilla, Cordoba and Malaga.
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.