Parador de Mazagon - Attractive hotel overlooking Atlantic (4*)
This is a Parador for nature lovers and those seeking complete rest by the pool and on a rather attractive beach, in a very unspoilt setting.
This attractive, modern hotel on Spain’s southwestern coast is located about two kilometres from the small seaside town of Mazagon and within extensive parkland, bordering on pine forests that lead to the Coto Doñana Nature Reserve. The Parador de Mazagon is surrounded by pine trees and extensive gardens, and steps lead down dramatic cliffs to a glorious beach of golden sand beneath. Its remoteness is a major attraction, and this stretch of coastline – sandy beaches and pine trees as far as you can see – is not marred by mass tourism developments at all.
The Parador de Mazagon is also known as the Parador ‘Cristobal Colon’, being named after Christopher Columbus who lived for a time in the nearby city of Huelva – it was from here that he set sail for the New World - and there are many sites associated with the great explorer in the area.
Mazagon’s Parador offers the visitor every opportunity for total rest and relaxation, while enjoying the wonderful climate of this region and the blue waters of the Atlantic. Facilities at the Parador include an outdoor pool, a heated indoor pool and jacuzzi, a gym, a sauna and a tennis court. The main restaurant is on the first floor, benefiting from superb views and a lovely ambience, and guests may choose either international dishes or regional fare, the latter featuring much locally caught seafood, including fish, prawns and clams. Prawns from this region are particularly famous, although Huelva and this coastline are well-known for their wide variety of fish and shellfish. Wine from this region is generally white and marries well with most local produce.
During peak summer months, you can enjoy lunch on the Parador's covered terrace between the pool and the clifftop, taking in the exceptional views of the quiet coastline and forest, and there is an outdoor café for pool-side drinks. Inside the main building complex, you will also find a terrace with café service and a lounge bar. Children can let off steam in the outside small play area on the slides and swings, and there is plenty of grass to settle on and relax within the tranquil grounds.
Bedrooms at the Parador de Mazagon are comfortable, as you would expect, with a small terrace and chairs so that you can enjoy some private time should you prefer.