I'd heard about paradores, but had never been clear how they'd fit into the solo traveler's world. So after hearing from Holly Maguire of escapio, I offer the following Q & A.
(Below: Parador de Siguenza)
What exactly is a parador?
Traditionally, a parador would be a place to stop off for the night on major traveling routes. The Spanish Paradores concept had rescued historic buildings from deterioration by selecting monasteries, palaces and churches across Spain and giving them a modern makeover.
This makes for unique historic hotels, with all the modern comforts and usually with excellent views of a city or a beautiful landscape.
Why should a solo traveler choose a parador over some other type of lodging?
Anyone looking to discover typical regional cuisine will also be delighted, as there are tasting classes and cooking courses at many of the paradores. These are a great way to spend an evening getting to know fellow
(At right: Parador de Leon)