When we speak of Paradores in Spain, our imagination immediately takes us to castles that seem to have come out of a fairy tale, of stories from ancient times and of a heritage that enchants everyone. Important decisions were made in their banquet halls, battlelines were drawn up within their rooms, romances blossomed in their gardens, and many other legendary (or mythical) acts took place in these former estates of the royal family and Spanish nobility. We are talking about former palaces, convents or monasteries that have been renovated to offer their guests luxury, comfort and an unforgettable stay, preserving the original features and honouring their historical importance. In this case, we have selected beautiful castles and fortifications that will take you on a two-week adventure from Madrid to Toledo, Córdoba, Carmona, Seville, Granada, Cuenca, Tortosa, Vilafranca del Penedès, Cardona, Barcelona, Zaragoza, Olite, Pamplona, Hondarribia, San Sebastian, Laguardia, Sigüenza and Segóvia, the settings of your own personal fairy tale.
One of Spain’s most charming treasures is undoubtedly the route of pueblos blancos – several picturesque villages, nestled amongst the vegetation, full of small, whitewashed houses. Each one has its own character and unique characteristics. In this tour, you will have the opportunity to explore several charming white villages, with plenty of stories to tell. You will start your journey in Madrid and head to Seville. From there, you will visit Arcos de la Frontera, the largest of these “pueblos”. You will continue to Jerez de la Frontera, Vejer de la Frontera, Zahara de la Sierra, Setenil de las Bodegas, Ronda, Antequera, Granada, Sierra Nevada and Jaén. Let yourself be enchanted by this magical sea of whitewashed houses and explore its traditions!