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

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A Parador Tour Around Andalucia

Paradors are a great option when looking to travel around Andalucia with some fabulous historical hotels and more modern-style ones too. If you’re heading to the famous cities of Cordoba, Granada and Sevilla for example you’ll find a modern sprawling hotel, an old convent in the grounds of The Alhambra and a fabulous Moorish castle.

Granada Parador
Granada Parador

If National Parks or beaches or more your style then try the Hotel Parador de Cazorla in Spain’s largest National Park in Jaen province or the Parador de Ronda on the famous Tajo Gorge. The modern Parador de Mojacar is right across from the beach as is the Parador de Nerja which is on the famous Balcon de Europa.

Plenty of styles and locations, historical and contemporary but the standards don’t vary.

My choice of Paradors and route for those exploring Andalucia’s cities for the first time and wanting to stay in historical Paradors are:

Arcos de la Frontera
Carmona (Sevilla)
Malaga Gibralfaro

Ubeda Parador
Ubeda Parador

For beach lovers and contemporary hotels:

Malaga Golf

Nerja Parador
Nerja Parador


To see the whole collection visit Paradors.


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Parador de Carmona – 4* Alcazar del Rey Don Pedro

This Parador on the edge of the picturesque and monument-rich town of Carmona in the province of Sevilla, Andalucia has a fine heritage.  The 14th century Arabic fortress has been restored, modernised and added to creating the luxurious feel with its modern amenities it offers today.

Carmona Parador Parking

The original fortress build by the Moors was on the site of an earlier fortress built by the Iberians and Carthaginians later to be altered and increased in size by Rey Don Pedro.

Dining Room at the Parador de Carmona

Stuffed with leather work, wood, ancient rugs and antiques means a huge choice of seating areas, the lovely terrace overlooking the plains beyond, the colonnaded cloister, gardens complete with a Mudejar fountain and swimming pool or the welcoming lounge.

I visited in June 2011 and this is definitely in my top five list of  Paradors in Andalucia.

Top Ten – Jaen Castle Hotel

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.