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5 memorable Spanish paradors

MEMORABLE

SPANISH PARADORS

Paradores de Turismo
(www.parador.es) has recycled some of Spain’s most historic buildings
into unforgettable lodgings.

1

PARADOR DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Praza do Obradoiro 1

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The grandest of all the paradors, the Hostal dos Reis Católicos (above) was built in the 1490s by Fernando and

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Isabel to house pilgrims to the

adjacent medieval northern cathedral

honoring St. James.

011-34-981-582-200

2

PARADOR DE ARCOS DE LA FRONTERA

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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.

011-34-956-700-500

3

PARADOR DE ÚBEDA

Plaza de Vázquez Molina

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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

4

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.

011-34-952-877-500

5

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.

011-34-969-232-320

PATRICIA HARRIS AND DAVID LYON