Focus your visit to Spain around Madrid, stay at one of the the Paradores in the White Villages Region and in the Malaga Coast Region.
Visit Seville, in the famous Southern province of Andalusia, best known for the impressive Cathedral with its Giralda tower, as well as the Alcazar, which also serves as a visiting residence for the Spanish Royal family. A visitor's route should also include the Town Hall, the Archive of the Indies (hosting the documents related to the discovery of America), the Fine Arts Museum (the second largest picture gallery in Spain), as well as its numerous convents, parish churches and palaces.
The region of Andalucia-White Villages - The whitewashed villages of Andalucía are impressive historical monuments in themselves, and their people still live according to age-old traditions, inherited from their Iberian, Roman and Moorish forefathers. 3 Different paradors are located here, also included in this region are Cordoba and Granada..
ARCOS DE LA FRONTERAInhabited since Prehistory, it was the Arabs in the Middle Ages who made Medina Ar-kosch an important defensive strongpoint. Later, its strategic value meant it came to be the capital of a Taifa kingdom. This Arab past has left an urban pattern of steep, narrow, streets in Arcos de la Frontera on a rocky promontory with the River Guadalete winding at its feet. The historic centre, which houses a great wealth of monuments, stretches between the Cuesta de Belén and Puerta Matrona, the only surviving access point from the old Arab wall. And all along the way the historic centre will show the visitor the beauty of traditional regional architecture, with simple houses with whitewashed walls opening their doors to show their interior courtyards decorated with flowers. On the route, some aristocratic houses appear, like the palace of the Count of Águila (15th C), a real jewel blending late Gothic and Mudejar traditions.
ARCOS DE LA FRONTERA ? 3 stars
Historic Palace. The Parador, situated on the banks of the Guadalete river, was formerly the Casa del Corregidor. It boasts an impressive view over the fertile plains surrounding the river, as well as the Arcos de la Frontera old town. It is an ideal starting point to embark on the wine and Pueblos Blancos (white villages) routes. Jerez de la Frontera and the fighting bull livestock farms are particularly interesting.
71 miles from Seville
CARMONAPopulated since earliest times, Carmona has a long history which has seen the passage of the widest variety of cultures. Thus, it was first of all inhabited by Tartessans, and later became a Phoenician colony. Centuries later, Romans and Arabs became established in the area, civilizations which have left their own impression on the rich monumental legacy hidden in this Sevillian town. Of Roman origin is the walled enclosure, to which the Cordoba and Seville gates and the amphitheatre belong. Also Roman is the necropolis (I BC), located on the outskirts of the city, which has hundreds of tombs and rich burial chambers excavated from rock. Within its old walls, the old quarter of Carmona has been able to retain its appearance of an Arab medina, with streets in which beautiful displays of civil and religious architecture can be seen.
CARMONA ? 4 stars
14th Century Moorish Citadel. The fertile plain of the River Corbones makes for an exceptional panoramic view from the fortress, where different civilisations have brought their best artistry and culture. The splendid views from the Hotel play backdrop to the fantastic pool, gardens, patio and Mudéjar fountain, Cupulín room, and terrace.
28 miles from Seville
CORDOBAWalking through the streets of Cordoba is like going from one period in history to another. This city in Andalusia has a unique wealth of monuments. Its historic centre has the UNESCO World Heritage designation, and this is not only on account of the Great Mosque. Over the centuries, the different peoples and cultures who settled in Cordoba left a priceless legacy of monuments in the streets of the city. This city in Andalusia had all of Europe in awe during the Middle Ages. The most important monument in Cordoba is its Great Mosque. It is considered the most important Islamic monument in the West, and is doubtless one of the world's most fascinating works of art. Its "forest" of columns, its two-tone arches and its decor, along with the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements of the Christian cathedral built within it make this a unique, stunning architectural site.
CORDOBA - 4 stars
A vantage point over the city of the Caliphs. Located on the ruins of the summer palace of Abd-ar-Rahman I, on a hill surrounded by vegetation at the foot of the Cordoba Sierra, the Hotel has exceptional panoramic views over the city. The building abounds with freshness and a temperature 4ºC lower than in the city. The sensation of wellbeing is accentuated thanks to the pool and surrounding gardens (with a new orange garden called ?Los Naranjos?) where the first palm trees in Europe may be found.
107 miles from Seville
GRANADAThe last kingdom to be reconquered by the Catholic Monarchs has an incredible artistic and historic heritage. Moorish and Christian elements go hand in hand in the streets of Granada. The palace complexes of the Alhambra and Generalife, beside the Albaicin, have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. The Alhambra's reddish hills house the old Alcazaba and the Nazarite Royal Palaces. This artistic gem of Arab Granada, built between the 13th and the 15th centuries, is composed of many rooms linked by courtyards, gardens and fountains. The Generalife, the summer residence of the Nazarite Monarchs, is also located on this hill, along with the Palace of Carlos V. The Albaicín quarter, with a deep Arab flavor, is located on another one of the city's hills. Narrow and steep streets are filled with cármenes (traditional villas with gardens), old mosques on top of which churches have been erected (San Salvador, San Bartolomé and San José), and little squares like San Nicolás and San Cristóbal.
GRANADA - 4 stars
15th Century Convent. Spend a night at the site of the Alhambra, among gardens and fountains which recall a past where the Arabian merged with the Christian. This is the exclusive opportunity this Parador affords us, an ancient convent built on the orders of the Catholic Monarchs on top of a Nazrid palace, of which important remains are still conserved, such as the Nazrid Hall. This monumental complex offers the guest peaceful walks around the area and the city, while the building itself and its gardens invite you to discover a fantasy-like interior.
163 miles from Seville
RONDAThe so-called ?city of the castles? stands on a natural vantage point defended at its most accessible point by a citadel. It still preserves its walls and the most important gates. The Almocábar Gate (13th century), the Carlos I Gate dates from the 16th century, while the Exijara Gate led to the Jewish quarter. Outstanding in these walled surroundings is the Gothic-Renaissance construction of the church of Espíritu Santo, ordered to be built by Fernando the Catholic to commemorate the reconquest of Ronda. Another major religious work is Santa María la Mayor, where Arab and Christian features combine. On the site of an old Roman temple, the Arabs built the Main Mosque of Ronda in the 13th century. The civil architecture of Ronda is reflected in its ancestral homes and aristocratic small palaces. The palaces of Mondragón and of the Marquis of Salvatierra, and the House of the Moor are some of the delightful examples to be enjoyed.
RONDA - 4 stars
Former Town Hall. In the town centre, in a privileged position next to Ronda?s famous Puente Nuevo bridge, built in 1761, the Hotel occupies the former Town Hall. The impressive setting has spectacular views of the ?Cut?, a river gorge 120 metres deep.
86 miles from Seville
The region of Andalucia-Malaga Coast - There are many reasons for visiting the coast of Andalusia, many: its weather, its accessibility, its beaches, its food, the nature of its people ? and its golf. 4 Different paradors are located here.
ANTEQUERAAntequera is a wealthy town, both culturally and economically. Its historic centre is made up of more than 50 monuments and buildings dating as far back as the Bronze Age, such as the Menga Cave, Viera and Romeral dolmens. The castle and Santa María Basilica can be found at the top of the town. In the historic centre there are a series of churches, collegiate churches, monasteries and convents, palaces, arches, gates, shrines, stately houses and a citadel. Most outstanding are Nájera Palace (18th century), currently the municipal museum, the Catalinas Convent and the palace of the Marquises of La Peña, in Mudejar and Renaissance style.
ANTEQUERA ? 4 stars
A quiet, large, modern hotel surrounded by lush gardens and a refreshing swimming pool, open in the high season only. In the heart of Andalucía. Perfect for guests who?re looking for a quiet place to relax.
73 miles from Malaga
MALAGAPhoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans... the major Mediterranean civilizations more than two thousand years ago found in Málaga an exceptional site to establish trade routes, thanks to the strategic position of its port. The Citadel (8th-11th centuries) is, as well as one of the city's symbols, one of the largest Arab fortresses in Andalusia. The Archaeological Museum is located in this building, which contains valuable pieces from the Phoenician and Roman periods. The Castle of Gibralfaro (14th century), joined to the Citadel by a stretch of wall, gives the best views of the city, which opens out onto the sea with the port and the promenade of La Farola, one of the major leisure areas in the city. At the foot of Gibralfaro is the Roman Theatre, the bullring (known as La Malagueta) and the historic quarter of the city.
MALAGA GIBRALFARO ? 4 stars
A quiet, large, modern hotel surrounded by lush gardens and a refreshing swimming pool, open in the high season only. In the heart of Andalucia. perfect for guests who?re looking for a quiet place to relax.
0 from Malaga
MALAGA GOLF - 4 stars
Modern hotel with views over Malaga. The hotel towers high, surrounded by pine trees on Mount Gibralfaro and facing the Alcazaba, from where it is possible to make out the Bay and the city of Málaga from a unique perspective. Constructed from stone alongside the Gibralfaro castle, its position allows one to visit Málaga and is suitable for the practice of an infinity of sports activities, golf, tennis? at the nearby facilities of the Parador del Golf.
0 miles from Malaga
NERJALocated on the western end of the Costa del Sol, has all the ingredients to charm any visitor. Its annual average temperature, around twenty degrees Celsius, the beautiful mountain landscape of Málaga's La Axarquía region, as well as a rugged coastline of beaches and cliffs, are just some of its attractions. Its historic quarter has fine examples of popular architecture, with lovely walks and emblematic spots such as the Balcón de Europa, a splendid viewpoint over the sea. The area has been populated since prehistoric times, as the cave paintings found in the famous caves of Nerja, known as the ?prehistoric cathedral?, reveal. Discovered in 1959, is one of the town's major tourist attractions. Declared to be a Historic-Artistic Monument, it possess almost two kilometres of underground galleries which are open to the public.
NERJA - 4 stars
Modern Building - A balcony over the sea. The Hotel is on a cliff overlooking the sea, in an ideal spot to enjoy the beach, which is reached by a singular lift; the coastline and the lovely natural landscape of the area. The entrance to the building boasts a splendid garden whose greenery contrasts with the blue of the pool.
37 miles from Malaga
Seville - White Villages and Malaga Coast
Visit Seville, and spend a delightful stay at one of the Paradores in the White Villages region, then proceed to one of the Paradores in the Malaga Coast Region.
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