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  • Twin rooms (54)
  • Double rooms (8)
  • Room with living room (10)
  • Capacity (144)
  • Conference room
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Telephone
  • Central heating
  • Air conditioning
  • TV
  • Canal plus
  • Satellite
  • Deposit box
  • Ambiance music
  • Minibar
  • Lift
  • Parking
  • Credit cards
  • Currency exchange
  • Garden
  • EV Charging Station
  • Playground
  • Swimming pool
  • Airport (85km)
  • Station (1km)
  • Port (85km)

Parador de Tortosa - 10th-century Castle (4*)

The Parador

The ancient city of Tortosa is in a key strategic position near the mouth of the River Ebro, which marks the southern frontier of Catalonia. On a hill above the city is an impressive castle that goes back to the time of Abderramán III in the 10th century, and this mighty citadel now houses the Parador de Tortosa.

It is easy to see why the castle was built in this location. Guests approach Tortosa’s Parador via a steep, winding road, which makes its way around the walls and fortified gateways, eventually arriving on the lofty terrace, surrounded by battlements and looking down on the cathedral and the pattern of roofs of the picturesque old town, and across the fertile plain of the Ebro to distant mountains. Cars can be parked here within the walls. The Parador’s guest rooms have a very traditional style complete with wooden furniture and rich wall hangings and each has a wooden balcony facing the River Ebro and the city of Tortosa.

There is a swimming pool (open during peak summer) and a garden terrace, affording wonderful views onto the city and landscape below. 

The Parador's restaurant offers a variety of regional dishes such as Anguila en suc (elvers simmered with almonds and saffron), Suqueit de peix (a fish and potato stew), paella rice dishes and Garrofetas del Papa (a local crispy cookie).

Please note that whilst this is a delightful historic hotel with magnificent views, the bedrooms and some public areas are not accessible by wheelchair. The Parador is relatively small so much walking is not required, but many areas can only be accessed by short flights of stairs. The town, with its shops and restaurants, is a short walk down from the Parador de Tortosa, although you may prefer to save your energy and drive down.

Please note the Parador now has facilities for charging electric vehicles, the cost of which is payable locally.

Keytel tips

- Watch the sunset over the River Ebro from the Parador’s view point on the edge of the car park.
- Enjoy a soak in the Parador’s pool whilst gazing across the Cardo and Boix mountains.
- Take a riverboat trip along the Ebro on one of Tortosa’s “Catboats”.

Local area

The charming city of Tortosa is located in the Baix Ebre region in the south of Catalonia. Dominated by the River Ebro that winds itself through the centre of the town, Tortosa is surrounded by the Cardo and Boix mountain range which allows visitors to cycle, walk and enjoy the much admired flora and fauna of the area. Similar to other regions of Spain, Tortosa prides itself in local fiestas such as Easter week, the Jazz and Renaissance festival and their renowned Cinta Festival; a spectacular folk festival that takes place on the first Sunday in September, celebrating Tortosas’ patron saint the Virgin of the Cinta.

Click here for Lorna Roberts' expert view of this Parador as she journeys through Catalonia

Catalunya Accommodation tax: All guests over the age of 16 who are staying in Paradors within Catalunya will be charged locally a tax of 1€ per person per night (for a maximum of 7 nights). This tax applies to the following Paradors: Aiguablava, Arties, Cardona, Lleida, Tortosa, Vic and Vielha, and also at La Seu d'Urgell (where the charge will only be 0.50€ per person per night)

Restaurant meal times & typical dishes

Breakfast is served from 7.30 to 11.00 and dinner from 20.30 to 22.30.

It may be possible to arrive up to 22.00 and still enjoy a meal.

The Parador's restaurant offers a variety of regional dishes such as Anguila en suc (elvers simmered with almonds and saffron), Suqueit de peix (a fish and potato stew), paella rice dishes and Garrofetas del Papa (a local crispy cookie).

Swimming Pool

The opening dates for the outdoor swimming pools are from the 23 March until the 15 October 2019. 
Please note the opening and closing dates will depend on the weather and availability of lifeguards.

Visitor Comments

G. Yeatman
This ancient 10th century castle had splendid views overlooking the very roof of the cathedral. The balconied and shuttered room had views of the old town at the rear and the Parador was again very hospitable with a superb restaurant.

How to get there

The Zuda Castle presides over the old quarter of Tortosa and its artistic and historical riches. It also dominates the fertile plain of the Ebro and the Montecaro Massif. The most recommended access is from the A-7 motorway, exit 40. Tortosa is located 90 km from Tarragona, the capital of the province.

Nearby Hotels

Benicarlo - 52km
Alcaniz - 100km
Cardona - 230km
Vic-Sau - 262km
Barcelona Airport - 180km

Region & Cuisine


The Autonomous Community of Catalonia, in the extreme north-east of Spain, is certainly one of the best known regions of the country.  Almost everyone knows all about, and a great many people have been to, Barcelona and the Costa Brava, but – while these are deservedly very popular destinations – other parts of this region are equally attractive yet relatively off the beaten track.

Bordered by France and Andorra in the north, Aragón in the west and the Community of Valencia in the south, Catalonia is a land of contrasts.  The northern region incorporates almost half of the Pyrenean mountain range running west from the Mediterranean, with remote mountain villages dotting the landscape. Further south and inland the region is flatter and largely agricultural, a land of arable farming and cattle-breeding, while Catalonia’s 500 km of coastline offers its own kind of scenery and attractions including fishing ports, miles of golden sandy beaches and tiny coves reached only from the sea.  Given this diversity of topography, Catalonia’s climate ranges from mild and warm in the coastal region to fairly extreme at higher altitudes where snow is frequent in winter.

Catalonia is a region fiercely proud of its identity, of its history and culture and of its language (Catalán) which is spoken everywhere throughout the region. Many towns and villages in Catalonia are now known by their Catalán names which may well be unfamiliar to those used to the old ‘Spanish’ names.  The Catalans themselves are friendly and hardworking and if a Catalán gives you his word you can be sure that he means it. They definitely know how to enjoy themselves, and are fanatical (at least, most of them) about two things:  eating well, about which more later, and football – when their beloved ‘Barça’ gets the better of arch rival Real Madrid, particularly at home in Europe’s largest football stadium, everyone knows about it.

The principal cities of Catalonia are Barcelona (the regional capital), Girona, Lleida and Tarragona, each of which gives its name to the four provinces into which the region is divided.  Barcelona itself needs little introduction: the urban renewal leading up to the spectacularly successful 1992 Olympic Games virtually changed the face of the city, but not its character. The acknowledged front-running Spanish city in business, fashion, architecture, opera, art, street theatre, nightlife... Barcelona is all this, and more, and remains intensely Catalán.

The province of Girona, in the north of the region, includes – among many other attractions, not least the city itself – the most appealing section of the Costa Brava. Much maligned in the past as the original ‘cheap package tour’ destination, the coastline from S’Agaró up to the French border is now, in the opinion of many, the most scenically beautiful stretch of coast in Spain, typified by the glorious views from the Parador in Aiguablava.  Inevitably there has been considerable development along the coast over the years, not least because the Costa Brava is a hugely popular area for weekends and holidays for the Catalans themselves, many of whom have holiday homes both on the coast and in the interior of the province.

A lesser known area of Catalonia is the province of Lleida. The attractive city of Lleida, to the west of Catalonia and surrounded by fertile fruit-growing countryside, is well worth a visit for its old quarter on the right bank of the river Segre.  But for really dramatic scenery in this province head north to the Pyrenees. A useful route from Lleida to reach the most breathtaking mountain views takes you first to Seu d’Urgell (near the border with Andorra), then east to Sort, then on minor roads through Esterri d’Aneu and the ski resort of Baqueira, and finally to the neighbouring villages of ArtÍes and Vielha (each with its own Parador) in the heart of the spectacularly beautiful Val d’Arán and surrounded by mountains approaching 3,000 metres.  Just awesome!

The southernmost  province of Catalonia is Tarragona.  Probably best known for its coastline, the Costa Daurada (in Spanish Dorada – the Golden Coast) has mile after mile of uncrowded, flat sandy beaches, very different in character from the Costa Brava further north.  Inland the countryside is fertile and in places quite hilly; Spain’s longest river, the Ebro, runs through this province and passes through some exceptionally beautiful countryside near the little town of Flix, an angling centre which in recent years has become known for the giant catfish caught in these waters.  The Ebro reaches the Mediterranean near the historic town of Tortosa, a number of whose buildings – including the Parador, the 10th century Castillo de la Zuda – are national monuments.

Tarragona itself was the principal city in Roman Catalonia. It has a considerable artistic and architectural heritage and has been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO.  Among the many examples of the Roman occupation of the city are the Roman wall, the amphitheatre and the ‘Pont del Diable’, a spectacular Roman aqueduct.

And so to the cuisine of Catalonia, referred to earlier.  Many, if not most, Spaniards maintain that their own particular region offers the best in Spanish gastronomy, but in Catalonia good eating is definitely considered a priority matter and some of what are considered to be the best restaurants in the world are in this region.  With natural resources coming from the sea and the mountains, fish and seafood are always fresh and sausages, meats and vegetables are of the best quality.  Catalán dishes can reach the heights of sophistication with elaborate sauces, but three of the most basic favourites – available everywhere – are ‘butifarra amb mongetes’ (Catalán sausage with beans), ‘pa amb tomaquet’ (bread with olive oil and tomatoes, often served with country ham and eaten as a prelude to lunch or dinner) and the popular local dessert ‘crema catalana’, a form of custard covered in caramelised sugar.

Catalonia is one of Spain’s great wine-producing regions, with any number of locally-produced red and white wines available everywhere to suit all tastes. This is also the region responsible for the top quality sparkling wine known as ‘cava’ using the traditional champagne method, and visits may be made to a number of the establishments that produce this wine. 

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. 

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