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The Spanish Parador Network offers quality accommodation in historic buildings.

The Spanish network of over 90 state-run ‘Paradores’ offers you everything you would expect from a high-end hotel housed in a historic building. Many of the hotels are restored Castles, Monasteries, Convents, Fortresses, Manor Houses or Palaces, although some are modern buildings well-designed to blend in with their surroundings.

Staying in a Parador and playing ‘Lord/Lady of the manor’ is a pleasure in itself, but they are also based in some of the most beautiful parts of Spain, many in World Heritage Cities like Toledo, Segovia, Santiago de Compostela, and Granada. Others are located in peaceful nature reserves or at selective beach settings.

Check their website, www.paradores.es for details of individual hotels on their scroll down menu. There are currently a variety of offers available, and keep in mind that as a rule, apart from a reduced peak season, children under 12 go free and there is a 30% discount if you’re over 55.

With prices from 70 euros per night, you have the opportunity to see the real historic Spain without getting involved in the ‘costa’ push and rush. From the spectacular five-star, late-fifteenth century converted Royal Hospital in Santiago de Compostela, which claims to be the oldest hotel in the world, to the cliff-perched Aiguablava Parador, situated in the unique Punta D'es Muts enclave on the Catalonian Mediterranean, you can relax in style.

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