In 1910 the Spanish government assigned the Marquis de la Vega Inclan the task of creating a hotel infrastructure-practically non-existent in Spain at the time-that would house travelers and improve Spain's image abroad.
In 1926, through the Royal Tourism Commission established in 1911, the Marquis de la Vega Inclán initiated the establishment of a hotel in the Gredos Mountains that would make the wonders of the area's landscape accessible to tourism.
His Majesty King Alfonso XIII was very enthusiastic about the idea, and he personally chose the location. Construction began in August of 1926 and was completed on the evening of October 9th, 1928. The hotel was inaugurated that same day, and would become the first establishment of the future Paradores de España Network: The Parador de Gredos.
After the opening of the Parador de Gredos , the "Board of Paradores and Inns of Spain" was formed and efforts were channeled into perfecting the original idea and into making use of selected historical-artistic monuments and beautiful landscapes for the establishment of new Paradores.
Successive Parador openings in Oropesa (Toledo-1930), Ubeda (Jaen-1930), Ciudad Rodrigo (Salamanca-1931) and Merida (Badajoz-1933) are clear examples of how the characteristics of hospitality were harmoniously integrated with the restoration of castles, palaces and convents, rescuing from ruin and abandonment monuments representative of Spain's historical and cultural heritage.
About Palace Tours and Paradores
Palace Tours has an agreement with the Paradores to provide online and offline reservations for its guests. The systems at Palace Tours are built on US$ pricing.
Your reservations are done directly with the Paradores through our online system and once a reservation is done your price will not change. That is why you will not see a fine print like "You will pay the hotel in local currency (EUR). The displayed amount (in USD) is indicative".
For guests with a US Credit card, your cards are processed in the US so you will never see a foreign exchange surcharge in your credit card. You will be charged what you authorize and nothing more!