From the Rias of Galicia
to the Pyrenees, the northern region of Spain contains an enormous variety
of landscapes, a wealth of popular traditions and a rich gastronomy.
On this route, smooth plains
and dramatic mountains meet a sea with lovely beaches and extraordinary
The Romans built a road that
joined the North and South of Spain and which would come to be called the
Silver Route. To be found along the Route are cities and villages that
possess an important cultural legacy.
WAY OF SAINT JAMES
Here we present the most
famous section of the Way of Saint James, used on pilgrimages to Santiago
The Pyrenees Mountains form
an immensely beautiful, natural border where water, rocks, plains, forests,
mountains and valleys are the true protagonists, together with the monasteries,
villages, Romanesque churches and cities that dot the region.
ROYAL MONASTERIES ROUTE
These monasteries were founded
by the Kings and Queens of Spain. In addition to being living monasteries
and convents, they conserve their original founding spirit and contain
extraordinary collections of art: The Descalzas Reales and La Encarnación
in Madrid, El Escorial, Santa Clara de Tordesillas, and Las Huelgas in
Burgos can be seen on this route.
The Maestrazgo, lands through
which diverse cultures have passed (Iberians, Visigoths, Romans and Arabs),
presents us with the opportunity to discover walled cities, old palaces,
castles and ancient fortresses, together with peaceful streets and plazas
that are a testament to the cities' former grandeur.
WHITE VILLAGES ROUTE
There are many, many white
villages to be found in Andalusia, under the blazing midday sun or the
OF THE ROMAN PROVINCE OF BETICA
The Via Augusta was a fundamental
link in the transport routes of the Roman era.
The Via was also the backbone
of transport for the Betica province. From Cordoba to Tarifa, with this
route Paradores suggests a way to get a glimpse into the culture of that
ROYAL PALACES ROUTE
This route allows guests
to see the royal palaces and historic gardens of Madrid, Aranjuez, El Pardo,
La Granja and Riofrío. These sites are still used by the Spanish
royal family for institutional activities and, due to their exceptional
historical value, are open to the public, who are invited to enjoy their
monumental, historic and artistic grandeur.
The routes we suggest here
are just a few of the possibilities that Spain's Paradores have to offer.
There are many more ways in which you can organize your own route… your
own personal journey.