Paradores de Turismo
(www.parador.es) has recycled some of Spain’s most historic buildings
into unforgettable lodgings.
PARADOR DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Praza do Obradoiro 1
The grandest of all the paradors, the Hostal dos Reis Católicos (above) was built in the 1490s by Fernando and
Isabel to house pilgrims to the
adjacent medieval northern cathedral
honoring St. James.
PARADOR DE ARCOS DE LA FRONTERA
Plaza del Cabildo
Driving or walking, you spiral toward the sky to reach this former mayor’s palace on the plaza at the top
of this ancient southern town.
PARADOR DE ÚBEDA
Plaza de Vázquez Molina
A paradigm of Spanish Renaissance architecture, this 16th-century palace features a stunning courtyard
surrounded by a double gallery, with the upper level covered in glazed tiles. 011-34-34-953-750-345
PARADOR DE RONDA
Plaza de España
Combining the facade of the
historic City Hall with striking
contemporary architecture and
luxurious styling, the parador
overlooks a 400-foot-deep gorge.
PARADOR DE CUENCA
Subida a San Pablo
Located across a footbridge over the Huécar gorge from Cuenca’s medieval
mesa-top city, the parador retains the cool serenity of the Renaissance-style San Pablo monastery.
PATRICIA HARRIS AND DAVID LYON