Photos courtesy of Parador de Tortosa
Double rooms: 95–131 euros
Single rooms: 80% of double room rate
Rates include tax. Breakfast extra.
Open: all year
Tortosa is 90 km south of Tarragona at the mouth of the Ebro River. By car, from the A-7 highway, take exit 40. The castle is up the hill and through the archways. Tortosa is served by the Barcelona-Valencia rail line.
On site: seasonal swimming
Nearby: horseback riding; golf; jeep safaris; river trips; walks around Tortosa
A perfect break when driving from Barcelona to Alicante, the Parador de Tortosa offers the best accommodations around.
History abounds throughout the castle. The original “zuda,” or well with its iron-grill cover is still conserved in the garden. Roman columns grace the front façade. Strategically placed cannons still pose ominously over the town and river.
A number of public rooms are separated by stone archways and are filled with carpets from Cuenca. Wrought-iron chandeliers hang from wood-beamed ceilings. Paintings, sculptures, reproductions of Spanish antiques and ceramics give atmospheric touches.
Guest rooms are furnished in dark wood, with terra-cotta floors accented by an occasional throw rug. Bathrooms are large and modern.
You can enjoy Catalan cuisine in the spacious dining room, which features a fireplace, wrought-iron light sconces, and stained glass panels set into large Gothic windows.
Terrific views of the city, river, and mountains