Hotel Duques de Cardona
It is an impressive ninth century fortress which dominates the valley of the river Cardoner.
The Parador of Cardona sits on top of a hill. In 986 A.D. it was decreed that the
local population could have salt every Thursday in return for one days
work a week maintaining the fortifications.
Within the castle is the church of San Vicente which was built in 981 and enlarged 40 years later.
The 2nd century Minyona tower is reputedly have been the prison of Adeles,
the daughter of the Duke of Cardona, who was held by her brothers after
falling in love with a leader of the Moors and had converted to his religion,
She was only incarcerated for a year before she died.
There are numerous decorations in keeping with the surroundings. The furniture is of medieval designs but with modern comfort being important in the design.. Walls are decorated with tapestries and wrought iron torch holders.
The Cardona Parador has forty two twin bedded rooms, five double, two single
bedrooms, three suites and two duplex. All bedrooms have private bathroom, telephone, satellite television, safe and mini-bar.
Many of the rooms have old four poster beds and splendid views.
The facilities include a bar, air conditioning, central heating, currency exchange, lift, satellite TV, a gift shop, gymnasium and sauna.
The Parador has conference facilities.
The Parador Cardona has a medieval restaurant which brings images of the ducal
feasts held within the castle. The chef specialises in Catalan cooking
and some of his specialties are:
"Butifarra con mongetes" is local Catalan sausage with beans;
It was extensively damaged during the Spanish Civil war of 1936-39 but was restored and opened as a Parador in 1976.
From the Parador, the Roman Bridge crossing the river can be seen. In former towns it was a road much used by the early Christian pilgrims.
Cardona Annual Festival takes place in the second Saturday in September.
On a clear day it is possible to see fifty kilometres to the strange
serrated hills on which the Monserrat monastery stands. If visiting, enquire
of the times that the "Escolania" is singing. This is one of Europe's most
famous boy's choirs.
|All Promotions Offered - Best Available Rates|
Rates in Euros
|Jan and Feb|
Nov and Dec
|March to October||160||177||266||266|
|Breakfast included in room rate Lunch or Dinner 34 per person per day|
|PROMOTIONS IN STANDARD ROOMS * (Subject to availability)|
|2013 Rates in Euros||Golden Days||Young Persons||5 Night Card||2 Night Special|
|Jan and Feb|
Nov and Dec
|140.00||140.00||108.00||203.20 per night|
|March to October||149.10||149.10||108.00||212.30 per night|
Rates are per day for 2 persons sharing a double room and include general taxes**
**Catalonia Region imposes an extra tax of 1 Euro pppn, upto a maximum of 7 nights, for those over 16 years
*Supplement and restrictions may apply - General terms and conditions
|PROMOTION||OVERVIEW (For more detailed information use the links below)|
|Golden Days||30% discount for guests 55 years or over in a standard room with breakfast|
|Young Persons||Discounted rates for guests from 18 to 35 years old in a standard room with breakfast|
|5 Night Card||Discounted rates for 5 nights in a standard room exc. breakfast|
|2 Night Special||20% discount for 2 consecutive nights or more with half board|
Castell de Cardona, s/n
08261 Cardona, Barcelona
Latitude: 41° 54' 51.5448" N (41.914441504522166)
Longitude: 1° 41' 8.34" E (1.6856718063354492)
|La Seu d'Urgell||100||North|
|Information on Cardona|
|Paradors front page||FAQ's|
|Comment posted by Charles PAUL|
|Nous sommes allés passer une nuit à Cardona du 30 au 31 décembre 2012. Nous avions passé quelques jours sur la Costa Brava et désirions un peu plus d'authenticité...Cardona était le bon choix.(Passer devant Montserrat est magnifique) Nous avons été bluffés par les lieux...Ce château est grandiose dans un site magnifique. Nous avons effectué une plongée dans l'histoire médiévale. La chambre était vaste...avec un lit king size impeccable et notre fenêtre était une énorme meurtrière avec vue sur les carrières ! Une très grande salle de bains avec une baignoire balnéo...(seul regret:pas de peignoir). Nous avons diné dans une vaste salle voutée chargée d'histoire, un menu régional assez simple (à notre goût moins sophistiqué que ce qui était présenté sur le site)avec un vin rouge conseillé excellent. Le petit déjeuner était copieux, varié et de qualité. Nous avons fait des petits achats de souvenirs vendus à la réception. Nous avons pu utiliser la wifi sans problème. C'est donc une destination à conseiller...cela nous a donné envie de visiter le sud de l' Espagne à travers tous ses paradors.|
|Comment posted by Krieg|
|At arrival beautiful place but the room was in duplex and not very fine and with many insects inside . The restaurant and the food were excellent|
|Comment posted by Dieter Beer|
|Hello, I read about Parador de Cardona before my departure to Spain, and selected it for the first night in Spain, arriving late from Barcelona. I stayed at the castle overnight and enjoyed the surroundings the next day. It was a unique experience. From the very kind and helpful reception to the excellent, comfortable and typical bedroom, as well as the view from the room, everything was matching a 5 star hotel, but with the special flair of the impressive, well restored old castle. Its location in Cardona is ideal and one can easily spend more than a day in this interesting old town. The Parador also provided a little booklet giving the history and details of the castle. There is nothing to criticize about service or meals, since everything was excellent and I can only recommend visitors coming to this northern part of Spain, to plan an overnight at the 1000 year old Cardona Castle. I will return with more time than I had on the first visit. Regards, Dieter Beer|
|Comment posted by Mary Ann and Harold Simpson|
|Our friends and both of us thoroughly enjoyed our brief one-night stay at the Paradore at Cardona. It was truly magical to stay in a 9th centure castle and ponder what went on there over the centuries. Breakfast offered many choices and was quite good. Our appetizers at dinner were very generous and delicious. One of our party did not received her main course due to a comunication problem between the waitress and the kitchen staff but there was ample food for the rest of us to share with her and no one left hungry. Our meals were very good and we enjoyed the medieval charm of the dinning room. Our rooms were spacious, clean, comfortable and well supplied. Would gladly come again and spend some time exploring the signts in the area.|
|Click here to see all comments|
Parador of Cardona, a hotel in a ninth century castle in Catalonia, Spain.