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Parador de Cardona - Luxury holidays to Catalonia

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  • About this holiday

    The four-star Parador de Cardona is a fascinating hotel which occupies an mediaeval castle overlooking the Catalonian town of Cardona. The fortress is a commanding sight, with panoramic views over the town, the famous salt mine, and the surrounding countryside which stretches to the Pyrenees. Located amongst the Catalan hills around one and a half hours’ drive northwest of Barcelona, the hotel is well located as a overnight stop on the way to the Pyrenees.

    The journey and how you get there


    WiFi and public parking

    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with British Airways London to Barcelona, hire car and bed and breakfast accommodation.

    Holiday prices

    Sample prices for a luxury holiday to the Parador de Cardona are per person based on two people sharing a Standard double room.
    Low season from £850 for 3 nights.
    High season from £1050 for 3 nights.
    The prices displayed here are a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Hotel code


    Our opinion

    The mediaeval castle which the Parador de Cardona inhabits is a striking sight which can be seen from miles away, providing an interesting and historical spot in which to spend a few days.

    Hotel description

    The four-star Parador de Cardona occupies an ancient castle which is a commanding sight above the Catalonian town of Cardona, a construction of sheer fortifications and Romanesque details in its hilltop home. Mediaeval through-and-through, the sober façade holds an undeniable sense of drama thanks to a history which spans back to the 9th century. A 2nd century Minyona Tower is evident at its heart. Not surprisingly, the hotel offers the best views of the town, the neighbouring salt mine, the Catalonian countryside and River Cardoner, particularly from the Romanesque church within the fort’s walls. Noticeboards can be found throughout the castle which highlight historical facts, allowing guests to take part in a self-guided tour. Elsewhere, al fresco terraces welcome guests to enjoy their surroundings accompanied by light bites and refreshments from the café. From charming courtyards with little water wells to cloisters and shady arcades, the scale of the building does not deny the hotel a sense of intimacy. This can also be seen inside, where there is an unexpected freshness in the style and decoration, which sits alongside original features such as ancient, exposed brickwork and bowed arches. This is best seen in the two dining rooms – one large, one small – where an outstanding menu of Catalan cuisine is served. Simple dishes from the Mediterranean, the plain and the mountains harness rustic ingredients such as meat and game and fresh vegetables, including a variety of mushrooms. Other public spaces either embrace the castle’s ancient features or a more contemporary air, from the bar to the lobby and the lounge areas. The 54 guestrooms are decorated to suit each room’s individual dimensions. A Mediterranean feel is gained by four poster beds, terracotta floor tiles and shuttered windows which view remarkable aspects of the charming town below. The Parador de Cardona is an interesting hotel with a great sense of history, making a great stopover as part of a longer touring holiday in Catalonia.


    Cardona, around one and a half hours' drive northwest of Barcelona.

    Official star rating


    Annual opening

    All year- closed for refurbishments until mid-2019.

    Distance from airport

    Barcelona Airport, 61 miles

    Closest airport

    Barcelona Airport

    Room types

    Parador de Cardona offers 54 rooms and suites.
    Double Room 
    Duplex Room

    Hotel facilities and services

    Restaurant, Café, Bar, Sauna, Fitness centre, Room service, Laundry, Luggage storage, Safety deposit box, Free WiFi.

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Montana del Sal Cultural Park in Cardona. Barcelona, Seu de Urgell and Vic all day trips away.

    Sports nearby

    Hiking and cycling trails


    A maximum of one child under 2 years stays free of charge using existing bedding or in a crib/cot.

    Minimum stays

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