Paradores (www.paradores.com) is the place to look if you wish to spend your vacation in a historic castle, monastery or palace in the country of Spain. No, it's not Cinderella's Castle but it can still be a magical vacation destination. When you consult Paradores website, you will see that they have suggested routes across the country dotted with as many as 93 different interesting and historic venues. Yes, it's a hotel chain but it's a hotel chain unlike any other. When planning your trip, always leave plenty of time to explore the town where you are staying. You may be surprised to find cathedrals, chapels, monasteries, and other historic sites built as far back as the 10th century. What a great chance to step foot back into history. Each castle is located in a different place and the landscape of the area is as different as night from day from the last location. Some of these locations have been used in movies in the past or you might just think you recognize the area because you have seen magazine features about the town. If you are planning to take the sacred trek of the Camino de Santiago, you will follow in the footsteps of thousands of pilgrims who have trekked the sacred route under the greatest of hardships facing the possibility of death on the route. You have the chance to walk in their path with your own quest in mind. You can follow the different routes as laid out by those who have traveled the distance before. The French way is the most popular route and also offers the chance to stay at several of the Paradores on the way. If you decide to travel this route on your quest, book your rooms in advance through the website portal and take your time to visit the towns upon the path. You can choose from twelve different venues ranging in price from 80 euros to 160 euros per night. Children get special menus, an extra bed, and even golf lessons at one Paradore destination. You can even spend your wedding night and honeymoon in the same room shared by Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier on their honeymoon. Beautiful fountains, massive gardens, amazing art and plenty of historic ambiance will be yours when you visit the castles of Spain in this unique way. Whether or not you complete the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, you will want to be certain to choose this Paradore for one of your stays. You may say a prayer over the relic that is supposed to be the remains of Saint James that were brought here from Jerusalem. The building dates back to the 15th century and was once a hospital . The Paradores are well known for their culinary delights and you should ask for your coupon that allows you to stop for lunch at any other Paradore after you check out from your stay. Be certain to discover the World Heritage sites along the way. Many of the Paradores have spas and spa packages. It may not be Disney magic but it's magic, just the same.
September 3, 2013