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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.

Pets are not allowed.

Parador Cardona will be closed from 3 January to 12 February 2015.

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RACK RATES
2014
Rates in Euros
Standard Suite Duplex
Jan and Feb
Nov and Dec
200282282
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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Directions
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 L. C.
2014-11-11 13:57:54
Everything was great reception stayed in Spanish, thouigh are Spanish was very basic. Lovely room and decor.
Comment posted by Wilfried Seissl
2014-10-16 19:12:42
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
2014-10-15 17:24:02
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...
Comment posted by Danieli
2014-07-08 13:51:35
We visited at the Parador for 3 nights on April 2014. Parador Cardona is really a special place with a beautiful view and is very romantic. The room was large and very comfortable, and the restaurant (especially Dinner) was exellent. We wish to come again... Iris & Boaz Danieli
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