Accommodation in hotels Spain and links to the Paradors.
Spain is part of the Iberian Peninsula in the southwest of Europe, The kingdom of Spain has about 80% of the land area with 20% is the Republic of Portugal. On the south of the peninsular is the small country of Gibraltar which is still a colony of Britain
Spain is the home of the thriving capital Madrid, the vibrant coastal city of Barcelona, the famous running with the bulls at Pamplona, and the city where flamenco was born: Seville.
Spain is divided into regions which are:-
Andalucía - main cities: Seville (Sevilla), Malaga, Cordoba, Granada, Cadiz, Almeria.
Aragon - main city: Zaragoza.
Asturias (Spanish: Principado de Asturias) - main cities: Oviedo, Gijon.
Balearic Islands (Spanish: Islas Baleares, Catalan: Illes Balears or Ses illes) - principal city: Palma de Majorca/Palma de Mallorca.
Basque Country (Spanish: País Vasco, Basque: Euskadi) - main cities: Bilbao/Bilbo, Vitoria/Gasteiz, San Sebastian/Donostia.
Canary Islands (Spanish: Islas Canarías) - chief cities: Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Cantabria - main city: Santander.
Castile-La Mancha (Spanish: Castilla-La Mancha) - main city: Toledo.
Castile and Leon (Spanish: Castilla y León) - main cities: Valladolid, Salamanca, Leon, Zamora.
Catalonia (Spanish: Cataluña, Catalan: Catalunya) Catalonia is the one of the most visited regions of Spain. Principal cities: Barcelona, Lerida/Lleida, Girona/Girona.
Ceuta and Melilla are independent Spanish enclave cities in north Africa.
Extremadura ( main cities: Badajoz, Merida & Caceres.)
Galicia (Spanish: Galicia, Galician: Galiza) - main cities: Vigo, Santiago de Compostela, A Coruna.
La Rioja is the smallest of the Spanish regions but well known thanks to Rioja wine, one of the best in the world. This region is called "Birth place of Spanish Language". - Main city: Logrono.
Madrid - the region includes the capital of Spain Madrid with three world class museums (Prado, Sofia, and Thyssen-Bornemisza),
Murcia - main cities: Murcia, Cartagena.
Navarra (Spanish: Navarra, Basque: Nafarroa) - Main city: Pamplona/Iruna.
Valencia (Spanish: Comunidad Valenciana, Catalan: Comunitat Valenciana) - principal cities: Valencia, Alicante/Alacant, Castellon/Castello.
Spain has many interesting cities. In addition to its vibrant capital, Madrid, here are 11 of the most popular destinations:
Barcelona - Spain's second city and capital of Catalonia, full of modernist buildings and a vibrant cultural life, nightclubs, and beaches.
Bilbao - former industrial city, home to the Guggenheim Museum.
Cadiz - oldest city in Western Europe, celebrates a famous carnival.
Cordoba - The Grand Mosque ('Mezquita') of Cordoba is one of the world's finest buildings.
Granada - stunning city in the south, surrounded by snow capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada, home of La Alhambra.
Jerez de la Frontera - a beautiful ciy of Andalusia. Jerez is the capital of flamenco, horses and wine.
Leon - used to be a Roman colony, great monuments, nice food.
San Sebastian - wealthy city with a large sandy beach bay and bay of Viscaya.
Santander - well-styled city with beautiful coastal parks.
Seville - a beautiful, verdant city, and home to the world's third largest cathedral.
Valencia - paella was invented here, has a very nice beach.
Spain is also famous for the Paradores which are state owned hotels rating from 3 to 5 stars. They were founded in 1928 by the Spanish King Alfonso XIII. Found mostly in historical buildings, such as convents, Moorish castles (like La Alhambra), or haciendas. Hospitality has been harmoniously integrated with the restoration of castles, palaces and convents, rescuing from ruin and abandonment monuments of Spain's historical and cultural heritage.
For example the Parador in Santiago de Compostela is located next to the Cathedral in a former royal hospital built in the year 1499. Rooms are decorated in an old-fashioned way, but nevertheless have modern facilities. Other notable Paradores are in Arcos de la Frontera, Ronda, Santillana del Mar (Altamira cave) as well as more than 100 other destinations all over Spain.
Accommodation prices are a good value, when you consider that the hotels are often found in the heart of scenic areas. Two of the most beautiful paradors are in Leon and Santiago de Compostela. There are promotions available which are attractive are for people aged over 60 or under 30, staying two nights half board or 5 or more nights. The promotions do not always apply .