The paradores of Spain and pousadas of Portugal deliver a special experience that provides luxury accommodations for those with a taste for history and scenic beauty. Paradores and pousadas are special inns and hotels that often are housed in historic buildings, such as castles, palaces, convents and monasteries. Sometimes they are new hotels built in especially scenic areas. These state-run hotels provide luxurious accommodations and many amenities. Paradores and pousadas feature excellent restaurants that showcase regional specialties. This travel program showcases three of the most memorable hotels in Spain and Portugal.
In Ávila stay at the Parador Raimundo de Borgoña, which is inside the city wall. Over the centuries, it has been home to political leaders and nobility. For a time, it even was a barracks for the Civil Guard. Located in a converted 16th-century palace, this inviting paradores offers guestrooms with many amenities. Experience the beautiful views of its garden and the medieval city walls while relaxing on the patio or enjoying the delicious cuisine of the region. Each guestroom features air conditioning, cable and satellite television, a direct-dial telephone, hair dryer and minibar. Currency exchange, room service and laundry service also are available.
Next, experience the luxury of the Hostal Dos Reis Católicos in Santiago de Compostela. This former royal hospital was commissioned in 1499 by the Catholic Monarchs, Isabel I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon, to attend to the needs of the thousands of pilgrims who visited the city. Anchoring the Praza de Obradoiro along with the Catedrál de Santiago de Compostela, this parador is considered to be the top hotel in the city. The parador today is renowned for its beauty, elegance and luxury and is the perfect base to begin your exploration of the city and its environs. The parador also has an excellent restaurant. All guestrooms feature air conditioning, cable television, a direct-dial telephone, hair dryer and minibar. Currency exchange, room service and laundry service also are available.
In Portugal, stay at the Pousada de Santa Marinha in Guimarães. The pousada, which has a view of the city from a nearby hill, is a former monastery of the Order of St. Augustine. It has spectacular gardens and Mozarabic features. The monastery was acquired by the state in the early 1970s to become a pousada. After its restoration, it received the Portuguese National Architecture Prize in 1985. Its luxurious accommodations, numerous amenities, fine restaurant and beautiful views of the valley and the city will delight your senses and ensure an enjoyable stay. All guestrooms feature air conditioning, cable television, a direct-dial telephone, hair dryer and minibar. Currency exchange, room service and laundry service are also available.
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