Spain´s Hotels - Why Not Pick A Parador

Written by Linda Plummer

Spain has a super selection of hotels and you will surely discover something to suit all tastes and pockets.

Whilst most visitors holidaying in Spain from abroad tend to stick torepparttar stereo-typed hotel chains for their vacations, Paradores make a fantastic alternative. Quality accommodation and food guarantee a stay that is remembered for comfort, style and value for money. And, through them, you will gain a better and deeper knowledge of Spain.

Right from their beginnings in 1928,repparttar 140359 aim ofrepparttar 140360 state established Paradores Spain was to offer high standards, at reasonable prices, in a noteworthy building or location, and to help preserverepparttar 140361 traditions of regional cooking, by serving repparttar 140362 best of local cuisine inrepparttar 140363 Parador restaurants.

Equally important objectives ofrepparttar 140364 hotel chain were to help preserverepparttar 140365 country´s national and artistic heritage and to promote tourism in areas which had been overlooked byrepparttar 140366 private sector.

Today, Paradores can be found in converted castles, palaces, fortresses, convents, monasteries and other traditional buildings throughoutrepparttar 140367 mainland and its islands. The group has also built new hotels in unspoiled areas ofrepparttar 140368 country in magnificent locations.

Granada Spain - Glorious City Of Southern Spain

Written by Linda Plummer

Situated atrepparttar foot ofrepparttar 140358 southerly Sierra Nevada ski resort, Granada is one ofrepparttar 140359 most splendid cities of eastern Andalucia.

On its southern side is 103 kms of fabulous Mediterranean coastline, withrepparttar 140360 Costa del Sol and Costa Tropical in close proximity whilst, in between, lies a fertile plain producing exotic fruits.

Granada dates back to prehistoric times and was known as Ilbyr. Whenrepparttar 140361 Romans colonizedrepparttar 140362 southern part of Iberia, they built their own city there, calling it Illibris. The Arabs, invadingrepparttar 140363 Peninsula inrepparttar 140364 eighth century, gaverepparttar 140365 city its current name of Granada.

Beingrepparttar 140366 last Muslim city of Spain to be reconquered by repparttar 140367 Christians, Granada has an unmistakable Arab flavor, and Moorish and Christian elements go hand-in-hand.

One ofrepparttar 140368 most brilliant jewels of Granada isrepparttar 140369 Alhambra, a series of palaces and gardens built underrepparttar 140370 Nazari Dynasty inrepparttar 140371 fourteenth century. This mighty compound of buildings, includingrepparttar 140372 summer palace called Generalife with its beautiful fountains and gardens, stands atrepparttar 140373 foot ofrepparttar 140374 Sierra Nevada.

The hill facingrepparttar 140375 Alhambra isrepparttar 140376 old Moorish casbah or medina calledrepparttar 140377 Albaicín. One ofrepparttar 140378 oldest districts, it has been declared a World Heritage Site, along withrepparttar 140379 Alhambra and Generalife.

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