Our favorite Spanish Paradores and Portuguese Pousadas

In Spain and Portugal, there are markers of history everywhere you turn.  In order to maintain the significance of these places for years to come, paradores and pousadas were created. These are government-run accommodations located in preserved historical sites such as ancient forts, convents or palaces. Not only do they showcase the local history, but they offer an authentic option for travelers looking for an authentic stay. 

Paradores and Pousadas are very similar in the characteristics that define them: they are usually located in smaller towns or rural areas, the architecture and interior design reflect its past and regional dishes are served there. However, not all are created equally.

Here we highlight a few of our favorite historic Paradores & Pousadas that will sweep you back in time:

Parador de León – Located in the historic Hostal San Marcos which was built in the 12th century, it is one of the most representative monuments of the Spanish Renaissance. The interior combines old and new elements, including a collection of traditional artwork and painted ceilings.

Parador de Hondarribia – this parador is located on Spain’s northern coast in Charles V’s castle. It is a 10th century construction that was used for military defense, which also houses tapestries designed by Rubens.

Parador de Ronda – The impressive landscape gives this parador a unique backdrop. Despite its modern interior, it is situated among iconic landmarks such as Puente Nuevo bridge and is perched on top of a 395 ft deep gorge!

Pousada Convento Tavira – this establishment is found in a 16th century monastery in the historic center of Tavira, (Algarve) Portugal. It is surrounded by a beautiful courtyard and garden, and just minutes from the beaches of the Algarve region.

Pousada Porto, Rua das Flores – This is an urban pousada located on Rua das Flores, one of the most photographed streets in the city. It is perfectly located in the historic center of Porto, Portugal and is housed in a building dating back to the 18th century.

Pestana Cidadela Cascais – This 5-star pousada is built in a 17th century fort located in Cascais, Portugal, just a half hour from Lisbon. It is unique in that it has an Art District on site, and is surrounded by art studios and galleries, as well as direct views of the nearby marina.

If you want to immerse yourself in the unique history and culture of the Iberian Peninsula, let our team guide you in choosing the right Spanish Parador or Portuguese Pousada for your taste.