Parador de Sos del Rey Católico - Aragonese-style Mansion (4*)
It is unusual to find a hotel which blends in so well with its surroundings that an average passer by could be forgiven for failing to notice the building at first glance. Nevertheless, the surroundings do not take anything away from the grandeur of the magnificent Parador of Sos del Rey Católico.
The Parador is a former medieval stately home set in a perfectly preserved 10th century medieval town within high stoned walls. Sos del Rey Católico itself is part of the Cinco Villas or “Five High Towns” and is seen as the godmother of them due to its history as the birthplace of King Ferdinand II of Aragon, known as “The Catholic King”.
There are nods to the medieval era in the form of the coat of arms hanging on the wall in the communal area, regal and elegant interior wood and Castilian-style furniture, and decorative touches such as ornamental metal jugs dotted around to enhance the medieval atmosphere. These special touches are complemented by some more contemporary features, such as the fireplace set behind a glass wall.
Given the location of this Parador, its pièce de resistance is the breathtaking views over the Aragonese landscape of foothills, mountains and valleys. The outdoor terraces provide an opportunity to sit and admire these magnificent panoramic views whilst enjoying a refreshing drink. The enjoyment doesn’t have to stop when the sun goes down as the restaurant features floor length windows enabling the visitor to enjoy a romantic relaxing meal against a stunning backdrop whilst enjoying the exquisite local cuisine proffered by the Parador chefs.