Tripadvisor named the 4* Parador Santa Catalina in Jaen one of the top ten castle stays in the world. I have to agree, as my nearest Parador and one of my favourite views and coffee haunts, under a 20 metre high vaulted ceiling, I may be baised. I might even see you there.

Who wouldn’t fancy knights in armour, two-inch thick doors and windows plus dining in medieval style. This hotel really does have one of the best Parador views in Spain. While some say the standards of the Paradors are slipping as the staff have jobs for life, you cannot fault the ambience and decor of this castle in the air, Jaen Parador.