Parador de Cazorla - Traditional-style Andalusian country house (3*)
The Parador de Cazorla is a charming hunting-lodge style property set in a privileged position within the heart of the Cazorla Nature reserve, far to the northeast of Granada.
The Parador is located 26 km from the town of Cazorla which equates to a leisurely 45 minute drive through the national park. This region has been the given the nickname 'Spanish Switzerland' and with the views on offer, it is easy to see why. The drive to the Parador is best enjoyed at a leisurely pace, enabling one to take in the jaw-dropping views available as the mountain road winds its way up through the reserve. There are several viewing points along the way where one can park up and capture some photos of the verdant valleys below.
The Parador itself is in a fairly secluded and remote position making it a perfect location for those wishing to escape from civilization for a few days and spend some time unwinding amidst this impressive natural park.
The Parador has all the facilities necessary to ensure an enjoyable and comfortable stay. The Parador has a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and terrace, and there is also a children’s play area in the garden, whilst inside the hotel the decorative theme reminds one of a hunting lodge. Steeped in its natural surroundings and proud hunting history, the Parador de Cazorla is home to some of the hunter’s trophies, further emulating the hunting lodge style of the Parador.
For those keen to head out and explore the national park and its wildlife on foot, there are various trails and routes passing through the Parador. Reception staff are happy to equip guests with maps and provide all the required information for these trails. The Parador is also able to help guests organize tours further afield in the park and provide transport so please be sure to enquire at reception if these are of interest.
Both large and small game regularly feature in the Parador’s dining room when in season – for example, Andrajo con conejo (rabbit stewed with vegetables and dumplings). Other dishes on offer include Pipirrana (salad of peppers, cucumber, onion and tomato) and Pisto (fried vegetables).
In addition to the more formal dining on offer in the restaurant, guests are able to enjoy a bite to eat in the Parador’s café-bar which comprises of both a lounge with traditional furniture and fireplace, as well as an external terrace where a relaxing cup of café con leche can be combined with the best views on offer and some fresh mountain air.