Parador de Lorca - Stylish hotel encompassing 11th to 15th century archaeology (4*)
Sitting high above the Murcian city of Lorca, this newly-opened Parador combines the impressive historical remains of the original castle’s fortifications with a 15th century synagogue, bringing together 3 major cultures – Islamic, Jewish and Christian - with exquisite modern architecture, affording guests a unique experience that boasts breath-taking views onto the surrounding countryside and rolling hills. Four architects worked on the Parador’s design and they have created an impressive and attractive hotel experience which you cannot fail to appreciate. Whilst the building itself is generally of new construction, much is made of the original archaeological site and of the recently uncovered ruins of the castle complex, connecting the Parador directly with the antiquity of the site and giving it the feel of a much older property. The Parador was opened and inaugurated by the Queen Sofia of Spain on the 12th July 2012.
The Region of Murcia is often referred to by Spaniards as La Huerta de Europa, or in English ‘Europe’s Orchard’, due to the quantity of produce grown here and its proud agricultural traditions. The Parador’s ‘Helios restaurant’ showcases the best in regional produce and guests can try superb regional gastronomy such as Caldero Murciano (rice stew), Zarangallo (scrambled eggs with zucchini and potatoes) and Roast shoulder of Kid, as well as an excellent selection of wines from the up-and-coming local areas of Yecla and Jumilla. In the summer months guests can enjoy magnificent vistas from the restaurant’s terrace, whilst indulging in a carefully-prepared buffet breakfast which is not to be missed!
Each of the 76 rooms is stylishly furnished, offering internet connection, WIFI, LED televisions and a mini bar. The 553 square metre convention and event room can be divided into three separate spaces and also features two function rooms, ideal for meetings or private dinners. For guests more intent on enjoying some relaxation time, the Parador possesses a superb spa which features an indoor pool with panoramic views of the nearby mountain ranges, jacuzzi, sauna, caldarium, steam bath, bi-thermal showers and a number of treatment rooms.
The 13th Century Gothic Castle of Lorca, which today takes the name ‘Fortress of the Sun’, is immediately adjacent to the Parador and was declared a Historic Artistic Monument back in 1931. We certainly recommend setting aside some time to visit this site and if time allows the city below also boasts an attractive collection of historical monuments and museums, such as the Embroidery and Archaeological Museums as well as the Palace of Guevara.