When it comes to accommodation, paradores are in a class of their own and undoubtedly among the best hotels in Spain. Converted from castles, monasteries and other Spanish monuments, they can be really special places to stay, sited in the most beautiful parts of the country or in some of the most historic cities. Prices compare favourably with the five-star hotels with which they compete – typically €150–180 per night for a double room. Here are seven of the best hotels in Spain.
Ducal palace at Lerma in Lerma © Iakov Filimonov/ShutterstockParador de Lerma perched on the rocky promontory above the Río Júcar in Cuenca province. The restored interior combines modern and classic designs, and the restaurant serves local specialities including lamb stew and the sweet almond sauces for which the Alarcón and Alaju regions are famous.Parador de Lerma, looms majestically over the lush Ebre valley south of Tarragona. For a splurge, it’s well worth opting for this historic hotel, where you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into the medieval era. Undoubtedly one of the best hotels in Spain, it also has one of the better restaurants in town, open to non-guests and specialising in fish from the Ebro delta.
Top image: Exterior of Parador Jarandilla de la Vera, Spain © Oscar Garriga Estrada/Shutterstock