Parador de Carmona - Medieval Moorish Fortress (4*)
This imposing citadel was begun by the Moors and enlarged by King Pedro (it is known as the Alcázar del Rey Don Pedro). The grand Parador de Carmona dominates the historic town of Carmona, which stands on a ridge overlooking the central plain of Andalusia. The hotel within the citadel maintains the town’s historic legacy, with a Moorish-style tiled inner courtyard with arcades and a fountain, vaulted dining room, decorated ceilings, antique furnishings, and balconies overlooking the town and the river below. You cannot fail to be impressed by the detail and elegance of the Moorish design which make this one of the finest Paradors to visit.
The rooms are decorated in a classic style to reflect the Parador's history, and superior rooms enjoy views of the plains.
The mighty walls of the ancient fortress are best viewed from the hotel’s luxurious outdoor swimming pool (open seasonally) which is located lower down in the grounds of the palace, and the Parador’s terrace enjoys superb panoramic views over the surrounding plains. This is a beautiful spot to take in the really wonderful scenery.
Do also consider a walk through the town to get a feel for the stylish Mudejar architecture and the lovely streets through the Jewish quarter. Just outside the city you can drive to the ruins of the Roman amphitheatre and a Roman burial ground.