Spain's popular Paradores hotels, a government-sponsored initiative that goes back to 1928, are looking to expand in 2012, and there will be 100 properties by the end of the year. Five new establishments are currently under construction in Lorca, Morella, Corias, Veruela and Ibiza; and another nine are currently in the architectural planning stage in Muxia, Villablino, Cadiz, Estella, Badajoz, Lleida, Molina de Aragón, Béjar and Alcalá la Real.
Among the most immediate openings are:
Parador de Cádiz (Andalusia) – an extension of the Hotel Atlántico, this property offers panoramic views of the Bay of Cadiz and the Atlantic as well as private pools, beaches, and palm-lined streets. In 2012, the location will add between 70 and 100 rooms as well as a thalassotherapy center for rejuvenating spa experiences.
Parador de Corias (Asturias) – founded in 1028, the ancient monastery of San Juan Bautista, located on the banks of the Narcea River and known as "El Escorial de Asturias," became an important spiritual center. The property will occupy the four floors of the building and have 86 rooms, six of them suites. The location will also feature a spa, meeting rooms as well as underground and outdoor parking.
Parador de Ibiza (Balearic Islands) – The first parador to be built in the Balearic Islands will be located in the 18th century Almudaina Castle, in the heart of the historical center of the city of Ibiza. The district, known as Dalt Vila, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The hotel will have 72 double rooms and several suites, as well as venues for meetings and conventions. It will also have a gym, spa, and two swimming pools.
For a complete listing of planned and existing properties, visit www.parador.es/en/portal.do. For more information on travel to Spain, visit www.spain.info.