The Paradors of Spain
Living Like Royalty at a Reasonable Price
Castles (castillos) and fortresses (alcazárs) are still abundant in Spain. Most are crumbling ruins, but if you want to experience the aura, there are still some great opportunities in the form of Spanish castle inns (paradores). Most visitors are other Europeans.
In addition to being enjoyed for themselves, paradores can also be great home bases for day trips to surrounding towns and attractions.
Prices range anywhere from $100 to $200; however, most are under $120 all year round. Special promotions make them even more affordable. (Some paradors add surcharges and others participate only during certain seasons.) Many paradores offer restaurants, wine tours, spas, and other amenities.
There are special deals for those under 30, and Golden Days card, for travelers over 55, provides a 10 percent discount off room and breakfast, with prior reservation. All information, along with an informative blog and resources, is on their website, www.parador.es. (The website is available in several languages.) Email inquiries to specific paradors receive prompt responses.