Parador Hotel Routes Around Spain

I expect you’ve heard of Parador hotels but did you know they also have suggested routes around Spain? There’s a huge range of itineraries taking in different Paradors throughout Spain mostly of three or seven nights but you can easily add more routes or just extra nights to your route or trip.

Santo Estevo Parador

My nearest one is the Parador de Santa Catalina in Jaen, a fabulous castle on a hill-style building with incredible views. Some Paradors are modern builds, others fabulous historical buildings.

Jaen Parador

Which route would you choose to go on? It’s hard I know and this isn’t all of them, but personally I’d choose the historical castles or monasteries which are not only gorgeous buildings but usually have beautiful far-reaching views too.

Chinchon Parador

Parador Hotel Routes

  • Palencia Mountains and Picos de Europa Route
  • Caceres, Monfragüe National Park and Jarandilla Route
  • Montserrat to the Aran Valley Route
  • Costa Blanca (White Coast) to Costa del Azahar (Blossom Coast) Route
  • Nasrid Route
  • Don Quixote Route
  • Gredos Natural Reserve and Monfragüe National Reserve Route
  • La Mancha wines and National Park of Las Tablas de Daimiel Route
  • St. Teresa Route
  • Almoravid and Almohad Route
  • Andalusi Legacy Route
  • Castle Route
  • Costa de la Luz Route
  • Galician Wine Route
  • Green Spain Route
  • Kingdom of Leon Route
  • Maestrazgo region Route
  • Mediterranean Route
  • Monastery Route
  • Mozarab Route
  • Portuguese St. James Way Route
  • Ribeira Sacra Route
  • Ribeira del Duero Wine Route
  • Pyranees Route
  • Rioja and Navarre Wine Route
  • Rueda and Toro Wine Route
  • Royal Sites Route
  • St. James Way Route
  • Southern Sun Route
  • El Cid Route
  •  Wine and Monastery Route

 

These routes were chosen to offer not only accommodation but activites in the surroundings too. What better way to visit Spain than having freedom to explore but a framework of what you should see in and around each town, city or Parador.

I would do them all if I had time, driving in Spain is easy, the roads, except in cities, quiet and there are always stunning views.

Top Ten Paradors

According to Trip Advisor the Top Ten Paradors in Spain are:

1. Parador de Santo Estevo, Ourense

2. Parador de Alcala de Henares, Madrid

3. Parador Hostal Dos Reis Catolicos, A Coruña

4. Parador de Cangas de Onis, Asturias

5. Parador de Plasencia, Caceres

6. Parador de Carmona, Seville

7. Parador de Oropesa, Toledo

8. Parador de Cadiz

9. Parador de Alcañiz, Teruel

10. Parador de Chinchon, Madrid

All photos are courtesy http://www.parador.es

Eight Great Thalasso Spas in Spain

The word Thalasso comes from the Greek Thalassa meaning the sea or energy from the sea and these days Thalasso Spa is the therapeutic use of seawater. Thalasso treatments use seaweed, seasalt and ocean water which allows the absorption of important vitamins and minerals to help balance the mind and body.

The idea of a Thalasso treatment is that sea water has strong healing properties, in  tests algae and sea weeds have proven to have powerful natural antiseptic and antibiotic properties,  and possess a large range of vitamins, calcium, iron, proteins and minerals.

Gran Hotel Elba Estepona  Thalasso Spa

Since Roman times the benefits of bathing in mineral or thermal waters where known and were used to treat medical complaints. In Thalasso Spas thermal water is used for baths, showers and inhalations in combination with relaxing, beauty  treatments, all for our general well-being and to ease aches and pains.

Seawater has beneficial effects upon our pores  and is applied as either  marine mud, algae paste,  inhalation or by showering.  Thalasso therapy is a natural  way to help you regain inner unity and harmony.

We’ve picked eight great Thalasso Spas hotels, five on the mainland and three on the Spanish Islands. The links are to Booking.com the best, easiest and most  immediate way of reserving hotels these days. They are affiliate links which means if you book via them we get a small commission to carry on bringing you great content.

Gran Hotel Elba Estepona & Thalasso Spa – Andalucia

Barcelo Estepona Thalasso Spa – Andalucia

Thalasso Hotel El Palasiet – Castellon

Hotel Blancafort Spa Termal – Catalonia

Hipotels Eurotel Punta Rotja Thalasso Spa & Golf – Mallorca

Mercure Thalasia Hotel & Thalasso Center – Murcia

Hotel SBH Costa Calma Palace Thalasso & Spa– Fuerteventura

Gloria Palace San Agustin Thalasso & Hotel – Gran Canaria

 

Grand Palladium Palace Ibiza Resort & Spa

The Grand Palladium Palace Ibiza Resort & Spa is just the spot for an ideal and unforgettable holiday right next to the Mediterranean  Sea and on the famous beach Playa d’en Bossa.  This 4* resort is in a privileged position for beach, views and first class water sports and not forgetting unlimited entertainment for all age groups.


Take in live music shows, relax  on Balinese loungers around either of the two large pools or explore this delightful small island.  Ibiza, the nearest Balearic Island to mainland Spain, is just 45km long and 25km wide ideal for beach loungers and water-sport lovers.

The Grand Palladium Palace Ibiza Resort & Spa is thoroughly modern with all the services you´ll need for a throughly spoilt and enoyable stay. There´s free Wifi in the public rooms. meeting rooms, internet zone, airport transfers, secure parking, air conditioning and much more.

It´s main features include:

  •  411 large luxurious and elegant rooms with all mod cons
  •   3 themed restaurants
  •   2 large swimming pools & 2 for children
  •   6 enormous salons for every type of meeting or celebration
  •   Clubs for young children and adolescents

 

Spanish Hampers in Hand Weaved Picnic Baskets

Bring a touch of Spain in the UK with these classy hampers from George Scott. The best Jamon Iberico de bellota is chosen by George himself a born in Spain of English parents bilingual guy who travels regularly between the exquisite family-run hotel Trasierra in  the wilds of Seville province and London.

There´s a range of jamons and smaller  hampers available in gorgeous hand weaved picnic baskets via the families hotel website.

Visit the Trasierra hotel website and feel the pull from the touches of pure Englishness in a historic 16th century house in the heart of the mountains of the Sierra Morena to the north of Seville.

5* Hotel Gran Meliá Volcán Lanzarote

Gran Meliá Volcán Lanzarote provides five-star luxury between quaint fishing villages and the Timanfaya National Park also known as the “Fire Mountains” in one of UNESCO’s “World’s Biosphere Reserves.”

The hotel, designed as a typical island village has romantic patios, piazzas and fountains.

This luxurious hotel in Playa Blanca has 255 bedrooms spread over 20 typical house, with spectacular views over gardens, harbour and to the islands of Fuerteventura and Isla de Lobos.