Parador de Mazagón
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- Twin rooms (56)
- Double rooms (6)
- Room with living room (1)
- Capacity (126)
- Conference room
- Central heating
- Air conditioning
- Canal plus
- Deposit box
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Heated swimming pool
- Golf (33km)
- Airport (125km)
- Station (24km)
Parador de Mazagon - Attractive hotel overlooking Atlantic (4*)
This is a Parador for nature lovers and those seeking complete rest by the pool and on a rather attractive beach, in a very unspoilt setting.
This attractive, modern hotel on Spain’s southwestern coast is located about two kilometres from the small seaside town of Mazagon and within extensive parkland, bordering on pine forests that lead to the Coto Doñana Nature Reserve. The Parador de Mazagon is surrounded by pine trees and extensive gardens, and steps lead down dramatic cliffs to a glorious beach of golden sand beneath. Its remoteness is a major attraction, and this stretch of coastline – sandy beaches and pine trees as far as you can see – is not marred by mass tourism developments at all.
The Parador de Mazagon is also known as the Parador ‘Cristobal Colon’, being named after Christopher Columbus who lived for a time in the nearby city of Huelva – it was from here that he set sail for the New World - and there are many sites associated with the great explorer in the area.
Mazagon’s Parador offers the visitor every opportunity for total rest and relaxation, while enjoying the wonderful climate of this region and the blue waters of the Atlantic. Facilities at the Parador include an outdoor pool, a heated indoor pool and jacuzzi, a gym, a sauna and a tennis court. The main restaurant is on the first floor, benefiting from superb views and a lovely ambience, and guests may choose either international dishes or regional fare, the latter featuring much locally caught seafood, including fish, prawns and clams. Prawns from this region are particularly famous, although Huelva and this coastline are well-known for their wide variety of fish and shellfish. Wine from this region is generally white and marries well with most local produce.
During peak summer months, you can enjoy lunch on the Parador's covered terrace between the pool and the clifftop, taking in the exceptional views of the quiet coastline and forest, and there is an outdoor café for pool-side drinks. Inside the main building complex, you will also find a terrace with café service and a lounge bar. Children can let off steam in the outside small play area on the slides and swings, and there is plenty of grass to settle on and relax within the tranquil grounds.
Bedrooms at the Parador de Mazagon are comfortable, as you would expect, with a small terrace and chairs so that you can enjoy some private time should you prefer.
The main entrance to the Doñana Nature Reserve is an easy drive away (approximately 25km) at El Acebuche, and between that and the Parador there is delightfully little except pine forest and several discreet campsites. Matalascañas is the next coastal location of important, an attractive enough and quietish beach resort. Guided tours of the Doñana Nature Reserve to view the flamingos, other wildlife, and vegetation are generally scheduled for early morning and later afternoon, and we would suggest researching and prebooking them.
The Parador is often viewed as the best hotel in this area and the ideal base for visiting Coto Doñana Reserve.
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 main restaurant is on the first floor, benefiting from superb views and a lovely ambience, and guests may choose either international dishes or regional fare, the latter featuring much locally caught seafood, including fish, prawns and clams. Prawns from this region are particularly famous, although Huelva and this coastline are well-known for their wide variety of fish and shellfish. Wine from this region is generally white and marries well with most local produce.
The Parador’s outdoor swimming pool is due to open in 2019 all year round.
Please note that opening and closing dates will depend on the weather and availability of lifeguards.
- Sylvie Douglas
The remoteness of the Parador Mazagon was the big draw - after....in a busy resort we wanted somewhere quiet and more sophisticated, and this Parador has a lovely, quiet atmosphere. Decent lunch restaurant on the terrace too!
How to get there
The Parador de Mazagón is located in the Doñana Environment Nature Reserve, by the sea, at Km 24 of the main road from Huelva-Matalascañas. Mazagón is located 24 km from Huelva, the capital of the province.
Ayamonte - 86km
Carmona - 147km
Arcos de la Frontera - 209km
Cadiz - 243km
Sevilla Airport - 120km
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.