Parador de Tortosa - 10th-century Castle (4*)
The ancient city of Tortosa is in a key strategic position near the mouth of the River Ebro, which marks the southern frontier of Catalonia. On a hill above the city is an impressive castle that goes back to the time of Abderramán III in the 10th century, and this mighty citadel now houses the Parador de Tortosa.
It is easy to see why the castle was built in this location. Guests approach Tortosa’s Parador via a steep, winding road, which makes its way around the walls and fortified gateways, eventually arriving on the lofty terrace, surrounded by battlements and looking down on the cathedral and the pattern of roofs of the picturesque old town, and across the fertile plain of the Ebro to distant mountains. Cars can be parked here within the walls. The Parador’s guest rooms have a very traditional style complete with wooden furniture and rich wall hangings and each has a wooden balcony facing the River Ebro and the city of Tortosa.
There is a swimming pool (open during peak summer) and a garden terrace, affording wonderful views onto the city and landscape below.
The Parador's restaurant offers a variety of regional dishes such as Anguila en suc (elvers simmered with almonds and saffron), Suqueit de peix (a fish and potato stew), paella rice dishes and Garrofetas del Papa (a local crispy cookie).
Please note that whilst this is a delightful historic hotel with magnificent views, the bedrooms and some public areas are not accessible by wheelchair. The Parador is relatively small so much walking is not required, but many areas can only be accessed by short flights of stairs. The town, with its shops and restaurants, is a short walk down from the Parador de Tortosa, although you may prefer to save your energy and drive down.
- Watch the sunset over the River Ebro from the Parador’s view point on the edge of the car park.
- Enjoy a soak in the Parador’s pool whilst gazing across the Cardo and Boix mountains.
- Take a riverboat trip along the Ebro on one of Tortosa’s “Catboats”.