Thursday, December 2, 2010

Paradors to Adore!

Last night I had to sit at Barnes & Noble for two hours to supervise my Girl Scout troop wrapping holiday gifts for donations.  It's a little fundraiser we do every year.  I admit, there are a lot worse places to have to sit around for two hours.  I just grabbed myself a pile of travel books on Spain and Portugal, sat in a warm corner with my reading glasses on, and the hours were gone before I knew it!

I gleaned lots of cool information about Spain.  Since I've only been to this colorful country once, my knowledge is somewhat bush-league on all things Iberian.  For example, I can't believe I didn't know about paradors!  Highly recommended as the best lodging bargains in Spain, these government-sponsored inns are usually in scenic, historic areas and the buildings themselves are often castles, fortresses, convents, manor houses, or palaces!  As a lover of novelty hotels and charming inns, I am thrilled with this discovery.  There are a total of 93 paradors in Spain.  The one pictured below is actually inside the Alhambra palace in Granada!  (It does happen to be the most expensive one, though.)

I'm in love.  I want to go.  And - as if the beauty and reasonable prices were not enough - everything I read praised the parador restaurants and their gourmet food.  Each Spanish parador offers traditional local specialties and features regional wines.  Almost all of them serve a generous breakfast buffet (not, however, included in the overnight price.)

If you're into ecotourism, you can feel good knowing that the parador hotels were established by the Spanish government to use tourism to act as guardian of the national and cultural heritage of Spain and to assist regions with fewer resources.  Restoration projects are undertaken with a commitment to environmental protection.

I never even opened any of the books I gathered at Barnes & Noble about Portugal, but we've got several more gift-wrapping shifts to go before Christmas!


  1. So Spain is on our list for vacation next year... I'll have to pick you brain more on this later! I've only been once as well, to Barcelona, but would love to see more of the country. Portugal would be lovely, too... ah, vacation, how I love thee. :)

  2. I love this beautiful country spain and Portugal...I always happy when go to spend my vacation at this loving place..You really did a amazing work on this post..Thanks for this superb post..!!

    villa espagne


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