Paradores X Monocle

Revel in history

Timeless escapism has been a hallmark of Paradores’s unique brand of Spanish hospitality since 1928. As former royal bastions and ecclesiastical retreats, many locations were originally chosen based on their natural beauty, peaceful surroundings or sense of remoteness. With a countrywide network of 98 hotels that take guests on a journey through Spain’s cultural provenance, it’s often their awe-inspiring natural settings that make time seem to stand still.

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Explore the landscape around Parador de Santo Estevo

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PARADOR DE SANTO ESTEVO

Ourense

Located in Galicia in northwestern Spain, this Parador is a living monument to secluded heritage. Perched between the valleys of the Sil and Miño rivers, the former sixth-century monastery is characterised by three historically-styled cloisters from the Baroque, Gothic, and Renaissance periods. The surrounding Ribeira Sacra landscape is ripe for exploration with many hiking routes to satisfy a daily dose of forest therapy.

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PARADOR DE AIGUABLAVA

Girona

Sitting high on Catalonia’s Punta d’es Muts cliffs amid a fragrant pine forest, the hotel boasts spectacular views of land and the Mediterranean. Recently refurbished facilities allow visitors to soak in the scenery from the comfort of the spa or pool. With an art collection that pays tribute to the greats of contemporary Catalan art, plenty of creative inspiration can be found at every turn.

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Hold the fort at Parador de Jarandilla de la Vera

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PARADOR DE JARANDILLA DE LA VERA

Cáceres

Nestled in the western region of Extremadura, this former castle of the Counts of Oropesa, who once hosted King Carlos V, is an architectural and historical jewel. The surrounding landscape feels frozen in time; the impressive towers, stone walls and parade ground were built to impress. Venture beyond the fortified perimeter to discover almost 50 natural gorges that wind through the land, converting the village of Jarandilla de la Vera into a fertile orchard.

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