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.
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Rates in Euros
|Jan and Feb|
Nov and Dec
|March to October||177||265.5||265.5|
|Breakfast 18 per person per day Lunch or Dinner 29 per person per day|
Rates are per day, per room, for 1 or 2 persons 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
General terms and conditions
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|Golden Days||10% discount on accommodation and 30% discount on breakfast for guests aged 55 years or more|
|Young Persons||15% discount on accommodation and 30% discount on breakfast for guests aged between 18 and 30 years old|
|5 Night Card||Discounted rates for 5 nights in a standard room inc. breakfast|
|2 Night Special||15% discount on accommodation and 20% discount on half board for 2 nights stays in the same Parador|
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 Deen/Patch/Zoe|
|This was my third visit and second stay at the Parador. I wanted to share the experience with my children. They had a very memorable experience. On arrival, we ran into one of the individuals from reception. He was kind enough to guide us to reception. My passport was in the car with my children. I told the head person that my passport was not on me and he proceeded to give me a lecture on requiring a passport in order to register. A fact that I knew after decades of travel. The good will that the first individual generated was neutralized by the second. The room and beds were wonderful. Food, beverages, and service were very good. I would very much recommend a stay at this Parador.|
|Comment posted by L. C.|
|Everything was great reception stayed in Spanish, thouigh are Spanish was very basic. Lovely room and decor.|
|Comment posted by Wilfried Seissl|
|Wie alle Paradores befindet sich auch dieser in einem sehr reizvollen historischen Ambiente und bietet eine wunderbare Aussicht auf das Umland. Die Begrüßung an der Rezeption ist allerdings sehr reserviert, wir wurden - obwohl es bestimmt aus unserer Reservierung ersichtlich war, dass wir keine Spanier sind - mit einem Maschinengewehrfeuer von spanischen Anweisungen empfangen, es gab keinerlei Hinweise auf Parkmöglichkeiten, die bebrillte Dame fragte uns auch nicht danach, ob wir Hilfe beim Gepäck benötigten. Als ich dann Englisch mit Ihr sprach, stellte sich schnell heraus, dass mein sehr verbesserungswürdiges Spanisch besser als ihr gebrochenes Englisch war. Das Essen im Restaurant ist in Ordnung, die Weinauswahl gut, der Service sehr freundlich. Die Zimmer sind allerdings sehr hellhörig. Alles in allem vor allem wegen seiner Lage und dem historischen Ambiente ein empfehlenswertes Hotel. Zimmertipp: Möglichst ohne Nebenzimmer oder neben einem unbewohnten Zimmer|
|Comment posted by Andrew Greene|
|Our family of 5 stayed in the Cardona Parador in August 2014. We had an amazing time here. The service was top notch. The rooms were fantastic - spacious and clean with a terrific view of the courtyard. The parador itself is a historical sight, and the kids enjoyed the self-guided tour of the castle, chapel, etc. A quick trip to nearby Montserrat was thoroughly enjoyable, as was a quick walk down into the charming town of Cardona. Parking for our rental car was not an issue. The breakfast we had was one of the most amazing breakfast buffets we have ever seen - super fresh fruits and pastries - you have to experience the breakfast. We had dinner in the dining room two nights. Candidly, the first night in the dining room was absolutely terrific, whereas the second night was nowhere near as good. Overall, one of the best paradors we have stayed in - we highly recommend a multi-day stay here...|
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Parador of Cardona, a hotel in a ninth century castle in Catalonia, Spain.