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What is a Parador?

In 1910 wheels were set in motion to develop a state-run hotel network in Spain to accommodate travellers and holidaymakers and to improve Spain’s image globally, and today this network extends to 97 Paradors, or Paradores de Turismo de Espana, across mainland Spain, 5 of the Canary Islands and 2 Spanish enclaves in North Africa.

The majority of Paradors are set in historic buildings of historical significance such as castles, palaces, convents, monasteries, fortresses and hospitals, all painstakingly restored and converted into hotels that meet and exceed the demanding requirements of travellers in the 21st century. However a sizeable number of Paradors are country house and contemporary hotels, set in tremendous landscapes inland in the mountains and on the coastlines, also with their own style and character. 

In 1910 the Marques de la Vega Inclan was set the task of establishing and developing the concept by the Government under Jose Canalejas, and after 16 years, King Alfonso XIII, a keen supporter of the project, selected the first site to be converted at Gredos, a hunting lodge several hours west of Madrid in the centre of the Gredos mountain range. In 1928 ‘Paradores de Turismo’ was launched with the opening of the Parador de Gredos. Today this Parador still stands as the emblem of the Paradors concept, complemented by 96 other prestigious sites located strategically across the country in superb settings to facilitate tourism to every corner of Spain.

Today Paradors are proudly and fondly regarded by Spanish and International guests as remarkable places to stay and a true experience of Spanish hospitality and cuisine.

What can you expect when you stay in a Parador?

You can expect to be well looked after by multilingual staff who are highly trained in giving good service.

Each Parador has:

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