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Parador Cardona

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Four star luxury hotel in a ninth century castle with the tower dating from the second century

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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.
Restaurant of Cardona Parador

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.

Incorporated within the Parador is a gothic cloister, the Duke's patio and an ancient cistern for the storage of water. Everywhere there are moats, towers and walls to defend the castle.

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.
Parador Cardona - terrace

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;
"Lomo de cerdo ahumada con ensalada", smoked pork served with a salad;
"Espinacas a la Catalan" being a spinach dish with raisons;

During the season, delicious dishes made with wild mushrooms are available. The meal can be finished with a selection of cheeses from the impressive cheese and sausage board.
bedroom at Parador de Cardona
The castle has seen many battles in the past and is reputedly to have been attacked by Charlemagne, William the Hairy and Almursur the Moor.

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.

Also worth visiting is the Salt Mountain and Cultural Park, inside the old Nieves mine near the Parador, which gives visitors the opportunity to see a truly unique place in the world. Salt mining was the source of the wealth of the Dukes of Cardona.

Distance from the nearest airport is approximately 100 kms, train station is 32 kms away and the nearest port is 100 kms away.

Animals are not allowed.

The Parador will be closed from 19 January to 28 February 2014 (inclusive).

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Rates in Euros
Standard Suite Duplex
Jan and Feb
Nov and Dec
March to October213302302
Breakfast included in room rate                 Lunch or Dinner 34 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
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Golden Days Up to 10% discount on accommodation and 30% discount on breakfast for guests aged 55 years or more
Young Persons Up to 10% discount on accommodation and 30% discount on breakfast for guests aged 30 years or less
5 Night Card Discounted rates for 5 nights in a standard room inc. breakfast
2 Night Special Up to 15% discount on accommodation and 20% discount on half board for 2 nights stays in the same Parador
Reopening offer Reopening offer, rooms at 65 euros per night from the reopening date until 31 May 2014


Parador Cardona
Castell de Cardona, s/n
08261 Cardona, Barcelona
Latitude: 41° 54' 51.5448" N (41.914441504522166)
Longitude: 1° 41' 8.34" E (1.6856718063354492)
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Guests' Comments
Comment posted by Sarah Murray
2014-02-11 18:33:41
Location is Fantastic! The decor. Is amazing. However we were given a very rushed check in/ no one asked how our journey had been...we had been involved in the accident 6km from the parador...the manager never even enquired how we were. The room was fine but as we were the only people staying that evening...why were we put in the room directly above where workmen were working early the next day. Also we were stuck in the lift ..after reporting in to reception on arrival....the lifer broke down and we stuck in it for 7mins! Again no one was in any way apologetic!....the lady on reception when I was paying the bill when we were leaving did'nt lift her head to say hello when zi came into the reception. Dining/bar staff exceptional...reception staff need to improve their front of house skills.
Comment posted by Oeyvind Soefteland
2013-11-05 21:29:57
September 2013 we stayed one night at this Parador. We are overall very satisfied with our stay. The location and atmosphere of this Parador is magnificent! The staff is very friendly and helpful. Our room and bathroom was spacious, very nice, and silent. The kitchen was excellent, serving delicious dinner and breakfast. We would like to recommend this Parador!
Comment posted by Ricardo Gimenez
2013-10-19 15:02:06
une halte au chateau de Cardona Nous sommes avons passé une nuit au parador de cardona, étape sur la route des vacances en route vers Peniscola. Nous sommes arrivés par la traversée des Pyrénées, ce qui nous a valu de très beau paysage. et l'approche de Cardonna était splendide avec le Chateau Parador en point de mire. nous avons eu quelques difficultés en arrivant au parador, le parking d’accueil est vraiment ridicule. la réception a été impeccable, cependant nous regretterons le petit sourire qui n'aurait pas été de trop. Donc réception un peu trop austère à notre gout, mais certains préfèrent. les chambres sont agréables : avec pour la première une vue sympathique sur la cour intérieure ou nous avons assisté de notre fenêtre aux photos d'un mariage ensoleillé. la deuxième chambre donnait sur un grand paysage que les excavations très visible d'une carrière gâchaient incontestablement. par contre les fauteuils devraient passés au rafraîchissement, leur toile sont en assez mauvais état, ce qui gâche le plaisir des yeux du reste de la chambre. la salle de bain est très propre très belle et bien agencée. Nous n'avons pas eu l'occasion de croiser le personnel de chambre, car nous ne sommes resté qu'une nuit. Nous avons ensuite profité de la terrasse du bar du château pour nous désaltérer et profiter d'une très belle vue à 360° du haut de la tour Au restaurant : la salle est très belle sous ses ogives moyenâgeuses, les tables sont dressées avec gout, le service est agréable, l'attente entre les plats est correcte, le repas est finement préparé et goûteux. la nuit de sommeil s'est déroulée sans le moindre bruit. le petit déjeuner aura été copieux avec un choix important. c'était notre premier Parador, nous ne sommes pas déçu et nous recommencerons surement l'aventure. pour conclure : superbe site , accueil impeccable, qualité des repas au rendez vous, calme , mais quelques remises en état seraient nécessaires dans les chambres. Nous vous conseillons ce Parador !
Comment posted by Hans & Harma Muijser
2013-09-09 22:55:44
We stayed one night in september 2013 in this Parador. We visited many Pardores in the past years, this one certainly belongs to the top in our opinion Staff is very polite, friendly and helpful. Kitchen was very good, we had the special menu for 38€ (inclusive wine, water, coffee, bread) which was a very good price/quality.
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Parador of Cardona, a hotel in a ninth century castle in Catalonia, Spain.

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