The Spanish Paradors - The Portuguese Pousadas
Hotels with History and Heritage
THE PERFECT WAY TO DISCOVER THE REAL SPAIN AND THE REAL PORTUGAL
Medieval castles, palaces, fortresses, monasteries and convents - authentic historic buildings, meticulously restored and converted to hotels of a very high standard. To these, add magnificent country houses and mansions designed and constructed in the style of their region, and a sprinkling of modern purpose-built hotels in stunning locations, and you have the unique networks of the Spanish Paradors and the Portuguese Pousadas.
Parador de Baiona
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Pousada de Amares
UNIQUE SELLING POINTS
- In most cases, the hotels themselves – particularly the historic Paradors and Pousadas.
- The locations – all special in one way or another, many spectacularly beautiful.
- The authenticity – unlike most modern hotel chains, no two Paradors or Pousadas are the same and each one has its own regional character.
- The convenience for a touring holiday – with rarely more, and often much less than, 100 km from one to the next, staying at a selection of Paradors and Pousadas is the ideal way to explore a particular region.
- Both organisations are genuinely representative of the history, heritage and culture of their respective countries.
- The opportunity for guests to experience an ‘in-depth’ appreciation of the country, and the region, they are visiting.
- The Paradors and the Pousadas are held in very high regard, and are well patronised, by the Spanish and the Portuguese themselves.
- Consistently high standards of accommodation and cuisine: whilst most of them are 4* category, there are currently two 5* Paradors and the 'Historic' and 'Historic Design' Pousadas are considered to be of 4 - 5 star standard.
Currently over 90 hotels throughout the Spanish mainland and Canary Islands, and including two in the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla in North Africa, all owned and operated by the state. There’s a Parador of one type or another in or near virtually every city, town and area of interest, and plenty more in spectacular places you’ve possibly never heard of.
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Like the Paradors, the (currently) 34 Pousadas are all state-owned and are located throughout mainland Portugal, with two Pousadas in the Azores.
Many people’s perception of Portugal doesn’t go beyond the Algarve, but some of the most beautiful areas of the country – notably the Alentejo region and the Douro Valley – also offer a choice of quite exceptional Pousadas.
Each Pousada is categorised according to its style or location, as Historic, Historic Design, Charm or Nature.
Since 1981 we have been acting as the officially appointed UK representative for the Spanish Paradors and we have also been working closely with the Portuguese Pousadas for nearly 20 years.
We have a wealth of experience in arranging accommodation at these exceptional hotels for many thousands of our clients. Now we are delighted to be able to do the same for you – to help you to select and book exactly the right Paradors and Pousadas that will appeal to your clients.