Andalucía – The Inland Provinces

  • 12/12/16
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Andalucia is the most southerly region of Spain consisting of 8 provinces stretching from the Portuguese border to the Mediterranean province of Almeria in the S.E. corner of the country. There are 3 inland provinces – Seville, Cordoba and Jaen. Six very different Paradores are located all over Inland Andalucia.

Airports There are flights to Malaga all year, and in the summer to Seville, Jerez and Almeria. For the province of Huelva another possibility is to fly to Faro in Portugal.

The Province of Seville

Seville lies either side of the mighty Guadalquivir River which flows from the mountains in Eastern Andalucia to the Atlantic, between the provinces of Cadiz and Huelva. Seville is a rural province surrounding the third largest city in Spain, and some smaller typical Andalucian towns such as Estepa, Osuna and Carmona. The city is full of excitement and the essence of life in Southern Spain. The third largest Cathedral in the world is surrounded by magnificent buildings, traditional houses lining the banks of the river, large parks, wide avenues contrasting with the narrow streets of the Santa Cruz area, and the Arabic designs adorning the palaces and gardens of the Alcazar. There is something to see around every corner.

The Province of Cordoba

Cordoba is also divided by the Guadalquivir River, on either side of which are plains, hills, olive trees and small towns. The city is smaller than Seville as the historic centre is compact around the Mezquita, the extraordinary mixturen of cultures with the Arabic pillars surrounding the Christian Cathedral within the mosque. In spring and summer the narrow streets of the Jewish quarter are ablaze with colour as flowers trail from balconies.

Jaen

Jaen is the most easterly of the inland provinces and is the most important area of Spain for the production of olive oil. A landscape covered with olive and almond trees rises up to the high central plain of Spain. The source of the Guadalquivir is in the Cazorla Natural Park, a spectacular, remote mountainous region. The city is 80 km North of Granada, on the main route from the South to Madrid, and has a historic centre.

The Paradores of the Inland Provinces of Andalucia

The Parador de Granada

The Parador of Granada, a 15th century convent is situated within the grounds of the Alhambra so a very special place to stay. Recently restored with many original features, it has fine views across the gardens to the terrace outside the restaurant. It is one of the “Parador Museums” and although expensive has promotions off season.

The Parador de Carmona

The Parador of Carmona is the only Parador in the province but quantity is compensated by quality. It is in the Alcazar at the top of the Andalucian town which has a replica of the Giralda tower in Seville, 30 km from Carmona. The Parador is full of atmosphere and sums up the three keywords of Paradores – quality, history and charm.

The Parador de Cordoba

The Parador of Cordoba is a modern, spacious building on a hill above the city so it has panoramic views of the city, the river and the hills beyond.

The Parador de Jaen

The Parador of Jaen is one of the most stunning buildings in which Paradores are located, as the 15th century Arabic fortress stands proudly above the city.

The Parador de Ubeda

The Parador of Ubeda is a 16th century Renaissance palace beside the church in the centre of one of the province’s monumental towns, 60 km from the city of Jaen.

The Parador de Cazorla

The Parador of Cazorla is a country house in the centre of the Natural Park in the dramatic Sierra de Cazorla, home to some of Spain’s rarest flora and fauna. The Parador is at the top of a valley, 24 km from the town of Cazorla.