Spain´s Hotels - Why Not Pick A ParadorWritten 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 to 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, aim of state established Paradores Spain was to offer high standards, at reasonable prices, in a noteworthy building or location, and to help preserve traditions of regional cooking, by serving best of local cuisine in Parador restaurants.
Equally important objectives of hotel chain were to help preserve country´s national and artistic heritage and to promote tourism in areas which had been overlooked by private sector.
Today, Paradores can be found in converted castles, palaces, fortresses, convents, monasteries and other traditional buildings throughout mainland and its islands. The group has also built new hotels in unspoiled areas of country in magnificent locations.
Granada Spain - Glorious City Of Southern SpainWritten by Linda Plummer
Situated at foot of southerly Sierra Nevada ski resort, Granada is one of most splendid cities of eastern Andalucia.
On its southern side is 103 kms of fabulous Mediterranean coastline, with 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. When Romans colonized southern part of Iberia, they built their own city there, calling it Illibris. The Arabs, invading Peninsula in eighth century, gave city its current name of Granada.
Being last Muslim city of Spain to be reconquered by Christians, Granada has an unmistakable Arab flavor, and Moorish and Christian elements go hand-in-hand.
One of most brilliant jewels of Granada is Alhambra, a series of palaces and gardens built under Nazari Dynasty in fourteenth century. This mighty compound of buildings, including summer palace called Generalife with its beautiful fountains and gardens, stands at foot of Sierra Nevada.
The hill facing Alhambra is old Moorish casbah or medina called Albaicín. One of oldest districts, it has been declared a World Heritage Site, along with Alhambra and Generalife.