October 23

Luxury for Less with the Paradors in Spain


View from the window of Segovia's Parador
View from Segovia's Parador

Paradors in Spain are often described as luxury hotels, but don’t let that put you off! If you want to stay in a former castle, monastery or palace then this is the way to do it.

 On top of history and atmosphere, Paradors are usually also great value for money. I haven’t always been impressed with the service…but you can’t have everything.

How do Paradors Work?

 They’re owned and operated by the Spanish state – a tradition started by the king back when things like that were possible. Today, this turns out to be fantastic news for three reasons:

1)      Incredible Access to Historic Buildings

Jaen Parador
Jaen Parador

Although a few paradors are purpose-built,  most have been converted from palaces, convents, castles and fortresses.

2)      Price Control

     A luxury hotel for the price of a puffed-up middle of the range one.

3)      Amazing Views

Perhaps paradors have more influence when it comes to twisting arms for planning permission, but you’ll find a parador with a view in the historic city of Segovia,  bythe world-renowned Alhambra Palace in Granada and teetering on a cliff edge in Ronda.

How to Get the Best Deal

Merida Parador
Merida Parador

 By all means browse through the Parador sites to get an idea of what you want.

 Then I’d recommend heading to Lastminute.com and entering in the full name of the parador for your weekend trip with the exact dates. Hotel comparison sites don’t always get you a cheaper deal – so check back with the other sites before making your final booking.

 Sometimes Paradors can be prohibitively expensive. On the other hand, I managed to get a great deal in the Merida Parador for around 60 Euros.

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