Parador de Benicarló
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- Single rooms (15)
- Twin rooms (89)
- Double rooms (4)
- Capacity (201)
- Conference room
- Central heating
- Air conditioning
- Canal plus
- Deposit box
- Ambiance music
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Tennis court
- Swimming pool
- Disabled facilities
- Airport (140km)
- Station (2km)
- Port (140km)
Parador de Benicarló - Modern, beachside hotel (4*)
The luxurious, classically elegant Parador de Benicarló is just metres from the quiet Mediterranean coastline of the picturesque and unspoilt Costa del Azahar. This is a predominantly Spanish resort, with less international tourism than further up the coast, giving it more charm and attraction than many resorts.
The Parador de Benicarló has every modern facility you might expect including a pool, gym and a sauna, and the majority of the colourful bedrooms have balconies facing the sea. Of particular note is the expansive garden, studded with palm trees and containing a seasonal outdoor pool, a tennis court and a children’s play area. The Parador is notable for its spaciousness.
In the summer months, the Parador de Benicarló lays on barbecues in the garden for its guests. The surrounding region, often referred to as 'La Huerta de España' (Spain's orchard or allotment) is noted for its cultivation of oranges and artichokes (Benicarló holds an Artichoke Fair in January), and in the Parador’s excellent restaurant guests may sip orange juice from freshly plucked fruit from the trees. Specialities include Alcachofa de Benicarló (artichoke hearts with the much prized designation of local origin), and typical Mediterranean dishes involving rice and seafood.
In front of the main building of Benicarló's Parador is a large car park for guests, with security barriers. Good beaches are a short walk away, the area behind the Parador's gardens having limited access, therefore giving the Parador a quieter setting away from most visitors.
In addition to its beautiful sandy beaches, Benicarló is an important fishing port and tourist centre on the Costa del Azahar. The town itself dates back to the Middle Ages, where it was originally founded as a small Arab town, and much of the urban planning remains the same. Combining a long beach and beautiful architecture, this town really does have something to offer every kind of tourist, a testament to the region itself which is famed for the interesting contrast between beachside towns and a range of fascinating historical castles such as the ones at Ares del Maestre, Cervera, and Benasal.
Benicarló’s relationship with the sea is reflected in its popular beaches and the still-active fishing industry, which supplies the ingredients for some of the area’s most popular seafood dishes. In addition to this fishing tradition, Benicarló also has its roots firmly planted in the farming industry, and the oranges and artichokes cultivated in the area are some of the most celebrated throughout the whole of Spain.
The Maestrazgo region has a number fascinating cultural and historical aspects to enthral visitors. The landscape, both beautiful and unforgiving is home to a range of orange blossoms, almond trees and fig trees, interspersed amongst tricky rocky terrain. It is believed to have been occupied by settlers dating back from the 6th and 5th centuries BC; however the Iberian settlers from the 4th century BC are by far those whose history is most celebrated and recognised throughout the region. Archaeological digs over the past 30 years have yielded a number of historical treasures, such as pre-historic fishhooks, safety pins, flour mills, and even fragments of looms (further alluding to the region’s still-booming wool industry) which have all been discovered in the area, and are now on display at the Museum of Pre-History and History, home to one of Europe’s most valuable Iberian culture collections. In fact, some coastal areas still have remnants of stone lodgings built by these celebrated settlers.
The nearby town of Sant Mateu, the region’s capital, has a wide range of activities to offer visitors. The old remanants of the Citadel remain, preserved as a reminder of the town’s heritage. Similarly, the old Romanesque-style church of San Pedro has been conserved. Sant Mateu was the site of some of the most extreme activities under the Spanish Inquisition and the Museum of Medieval Prisons gives insight into the brutality and historical importance of this period. Sant Mateu is also the site of a rumoured ‘miracle’ of the Mare de Deu dels Angels during the Spanish Civil War. It is alleged that when a fire broke out following a nearby battle, the area surrounding the Shrine was completely levelled; however the Mare de Deu statue remained intact and untouched by the flames.
Of note: Within easy reach of here is Peñiscola - about 8km from the Parador de Benicarló - which is a more developed resort with the attraction of the spectacular Castle of Papa Luna and its curved, shallow beach. We recommend a visit here to climb up to the castle walls (not a strenuous activity) and to enjoy the local restaurants overlooking the fortifications and the beach. A small market is occasionally to be found here. The castle and beach may seem familiar to you, since they featured in the film 'El Cid' with Charlton Heston.
The town of Benicarló celebrates its regional speciality- the artichoke, with a festival. The surrounding area of Benicarló is famous for its horticulture, nestled between mountains and the sea. Artichokes are widely used in local cuisine and have their own gastronomic fair taking place at the beginning of the year. The intention of the festival is to celebrate the historical roots of the artichoke and also to demonstrate how it has developed over the years in many Spanish dishes. The public are welcome to join in the fiesta by sampling a variety of recipes and tapas, and the Parador participates actively in this festival.
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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.
In the Parador’s excellent restaurant guests may sip orange juice from fruit just plucked from the trees. Specialities include Alcachofa de Benicarló (artichoke hearts with the much prized designation of local origin), and typical Mediterranean dishes involving rice and seafood.
The opening dates for the outdoor swimming pools are yet to be confirmed for 2019 but are expected to be in line with this years date (01 May until 15 October 2018)
• Second half of May (weekends) - 11:00 to 19:00.
• 1st to October 12th (weekends) - 11:00 to 19:00.
• June and September (every day) - 11:00 to 19:00.
• July and August (every day) - 10:00 to 20:00.
Please note the opening and closing dates will depend on the weather and availability of lifeguards.
How to get there
The Parador de Benicarló is located next to the sea on the Costa del Azahar. The recommended access is from the A-7 motorway, which converges on the N-340 2 km from Benicarló at exit No. 43. Benicarlo is located 70 km from Castellon/Castelló, the capital of the province. You can also reach the Parador by train, the station being just 1.5 km away.
Tortosa - 52km
Alcaniz - 145km
El Saler - 153km
Teruel - 234km
Valencia Airport - 150km
Region & Cuisine
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.