If traveling around Spain, you might want to check this chain of state-run hotels, located in some of the most beautiful, unusual and historic buildings across the country.
Near Madrid, Parador de Alcalá de Henares
In the birthplace of Cervantes, this hotel is located in a 17th-century monastery school and student lodgings located in the former San Jerónimo College. However, do not let so much history overwhelm you, because the hotel offers the perfect combination of tradition and avant-garde.
In Santiago de Compostella, Hostal dos Reis Católicos
Located at the end of the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in the beautiful Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, with unbeatable views over the city’s famous cathedral, this is said to be “the oldest hotel in the world”. Here you will discover four beautiful cloisters, elegant rooms, spectacular guest rooms and a luxurious dining room that offers fish and meat prepared in the Galician style, along with classic apple filloas (a type of crêpe) and crème brûlée.
In Cáceres, Parador de Plasencia
The town of Plasencia is located on the banks of the Jerte River, in the Extremadura province of Cáceres. Its Parador is in the old quarter, a strategic location along the ancient commercial and pilgrimage route known as the Ruta de la Plata. The hotel occupies Santo Domingo Monastery, built in the 15th century. Thick stone walls, vaulted ceilings and beautiful décor await you in the Gothic style interior. The hotel is the ideal spot from which to explore the city and the surrounding natural landscapes.
For more details or a hotel in your area, check http://www.parador.es/en
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