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Central Spain & Paradores
Self Drive

Holiday Length: 8 days
Start City: Madrid
End City: Madrid
Type of Holiday: Self Drive
Departures: Daily

Parador hotels in Spain are government run and normally located in a building of great historical significance. If you are lucky enough to find yourself staying in a Parador in Spain, you may be the guest in an old Arab fortress, a Castilian castle or a renovated Monastery.  
Parar means to stop, halt or stay.

Day 1

  Madrid arrival
Pick up your car and take a sightseeing tour that includes the Prado.  In the evening sample the modern Spanish cuisine with a 7 course degustation menu. (D)
Day 2

  Madrid - Segovia: 110 km
Visit the stunning El Escorial Monastery with its invaluable collection of paintings and harmony of cloisters. Tonight sample the Segovian delicy of Suckling Pig. (B,D). Overnight accommodation parador de La Granja.
Day 3
  Segovia - Avila: 69 km
Explore Segovia, with its aqueduct and Alcazar Fortress.  Continue to the medieval walled city of Avila. (B)  Overnight Accommodation: Parador De Avila
Day 4
  Avila - Salamanca : 105 km
Explore Salamanca's historic centre, mixture of architecture and university's.  (B).  Overnight Parador de Salamanca

          Madrid                                       Segovia                           Salamanca                               Cáceres             

Day 5


  Salamanca - Cáceres - Merida: 209 km
Cáceres is a blend of Roman, islamic, Northern gothic and Italian Renaissance styles with no outward sign of modernity.  Tonight stay in a former convent parador de Merida. (B)
Day 6

  Merida - Trujillo - Toledo: 310 km
Continue through Trujillo, the cradle of the conquistadors, to Toledo - a majestic city set on the hills overlooking the River Tajo. (B)  Overnight at the Parador de Toledo.
Day 7

  Toledo - Cuenca: 183 km
Admire the diverse cultural and religious elements of Toledo before overnighting in Parador de Cuenca, a former convent on the Hoz del Huecar Gorge overlooking the hanging houses. (B)
Day 8
  Cueca - Madrid: 166 km
Depart for Madrid Airport

  * accommodation in Paradores or Pousadas
* Daily breakfasts
* local specialities for lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary
* 7 day car rental in a Skoda Fabia or similar
* Sightseeing & entrance fees as specified



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