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10 historic places to stay in Mallorca that come closest to being real paradores


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Unique accommodation types equalant to Spanish paradores in Mallorca, Spain.

What is a parador?

A Spanish parador, also known as “Paradores de Turismo de España,” is a chain of luxury hotels in Spain, run by the Spanish state. Paradores are typically located in historic buildings such as castles, palaces, monasteries, and fortresses, offering visitors a unique and memorable lodging experience.

The concept of paradores was developed in 1928 with the aim of promoting tourism in Spain and preserving its cultural and architectural heritage. The first parador was opened in Gredos, and since then, the network has expanded to include over 90 establishments across the country.

Each parador is designed to reflect the history and charm of its location, blending modern amenities with traditional elements. Guests can enjoy comfortable accommodations, gourmet dining featuring regional cuisine, and often breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. Many paradores also offer additional facilities such as swimming pools, gardens, spas, and conference rooms.

Staying at a parador allows visitors to immerse themselves in Spanish culture and history, as these establishments are often situated in places of historical, artistic, or natural significance. Some notable paradores include the Parador de Santiago de Compostela, housed in a former royal hospital along the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, and the Parador de Alhambra in Granada, offering stunning views of the Alhambra palace.

Paradores are known for their high standards of service and are popular among both international and domestic travelers seeking a unique and luxurious accommodation option that showcases Spain’s rich heritage.

Parador equivalents in Mallorca

#1 Castillo Hotel Son Vida

Prepare to be whisked away to a world of opulence and grandeur at Castillo Hotel Son Vida, a true luxury hotel for adults only. Nestled within the walls of a majestic 13th-century castle, this exquisite hotel offers a truly unforgettable experience. Castilloa Hotel Son Vida offers breathtaking views of the bay of Palma, as well as a range of world-class amenities, you may prepare to be treated like royalty from the moment you arrive.

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#2 Convent de la Missió

Hotel Convent de la Missio in Palma historic center, Mallorca, Spain.

Embark on a captivating journey through time as you step into this extraordinary hotel, gracefully situated within the walls of the magnificent 17th-century Convent de la Missió in the bustling heart of historic Palma. Prepare to be mesmerized by the seamless fusion of rich history and contemporary elegance that awaits you.

The meticulously designed spaces offer a haven of tranquility and refinement. Each room and suite is thoughtfully crafted to provide a harmonious blend of contemporary style and timeless charm.

Step outside our doors and be instantly transported to the vibrant center of Palma’s historic district. Lose yourself in the enchanting labyrinth of narrow streets and discover the hidden gems that adorn this charming city. From architectural marvels to quaint boutiques, there is something to captivate every wanderer’s soul.

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#3 Santuari de Cura

Monastery of Santuari de Cura on the holy Randa mountain in Mallorca, Spain.

Enjoy divine accommodation at the summit of Mallorca’s only holy mountain, Randa. Indulge in the thoughtfully designed rooms where modern comforts meet rustic charm. For an extra touch of luxury, the suites offer a private balcony with breathtaking sea views, allowing you to soak in the beauty of Mallorca right from your own little mountaintop oasis. 

The on-site restaurant of Cura, with panoramic views of the mesmerizing Bay of Palm, is renown in Mallorca for its high standards delivering delicious treats for your taste buds.

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#4 Palacio Sant Salvador

Nestled in between the narrow winding streets of Artà town, you’ll find this amazing old mansion, known as Ca’n Epifani. What’s so special about this mansion is that the main facade was designed by Antoni Gaudí, which itself makes it impressive.

Everything about this place boasts of wealth, romance and class, from the cute patio leading to the gardens, to the old master bedrooms and dining hall.

Hotel Palacio Sant Salvador is located close to the beautiful Llevant nature park, the main shopping area of Artà, and the many sights.

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#5 Santuari de Lluc


Famous monastery of Santuari de Lluc in the Tramuntana mountains of Mallorca, Spain.

Staying at the Lluc Monastery offers a unique blend of spirituality, natural beauty, cultural heritage, and tranquility. It’s an opportunity to immerse yourself in Mallorca’s history and immerse yourself in the peaceful atmosphere of this sacred place.

Santuari de Lluc has for centuries been one of the most important religious hubs of Mallorca, and one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in the Mediterranean. One thing the monastery is particularly famous for, is the old choir school, one of the oldest in Spain, along with the choir school of Montserrat, Barcelona.

Beside from the authenticity of Lluc, the scenic gardens and beautiful church, which by the way has been renovated by Gaudí, there is also the big on-site ethnological museum, that will guide you through the history of Mallorca.

The restaurant exceeds expectations from what you may think of a monastery, and especially a place where people typically don’t spend more than a night or two.

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#6 Cap Rocat

Views of the coast and sea at sunset from the Cap Rocat luxury hotel in Mallorca.
Sunset over the coast of Cala Blava from a suite at Cap Rocat luxury hotel.

Indulge in a truly unique stay at Cap Enderrocat, where secrets await to be discovered. Nestled within the sandstone depths of this breathtaking destination lies Cap Rocat, a fortress originally built for defense but now transformed into an extraordinary architectural complex hosting an exclusive seaside hotel.

With direct access to the pristine waters of Palma’s only marine reserve, renowned for its vibrant posidonia meadows and diverse marine life, you’ll have the privilege of experiencing the wonders of nature at your doorstep. As a designated Special Protection Area for Birds (SPA), the location treats you to captivating displays of various bird species gracefully soaring through the skies, creating a mesmerizing spectacle for you to enjoy directly from your suite.

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#7 Gran Hotel Sóller

Facade of Gran Hotel Sóller, Mallorca, with a mix of Neo-Gothic and Modernism architecture.

The Gran Hotel Sóller is set in an imposing estate boasting both architectural splendor and historic impact, leaving you with a feeling of belonging to the aristocratic coterie of the early 20th century’s Sóller.

The stunning building of the hotel, which resembles an eclecticism style of Modernism and Neo-Gothic, was designed by famous architect, Joaquin Pavia Birmingham, which adds to the feeling of a true high-class.

Each room is tastefully designed following the idea of creating an elegant and romantic ambience.

Gran Hotel Sóller enjoys a great location in a sunny spot in the beautiful town of Sóller, in the heart of the lush valleys of Tramuntana, offering tremendous views from the rooftop swimming pool area.

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#8 Zoetry Mallorca

Neo-Gothic chapel belonging to the Sa Torre estate, current Zoetry Hotel, in Llucmajor, Mallorca island, Spain.

Indulge in luxury and immerse yourself in historic frames of the old Sa Torre estate, which up until the 1990’s belonged to the original marques family. The entire estate boasts nobility and blue blood, with beautiful architectonic styles and weapon shields of the noble families.

One of the most remarkable features of this place is undoubtedly the beautiful octagonal Neo-Gothic chapel rising high above the rest of the buildings. This chapel is often used as venue for weddings.

The elegant and spacious suites serves as sanctuaries of relaxation, featuring premium amenities and breathtaking vistas of the charming countryside of Llucmajor. The Zoetry luxury resort is meticulously designed to provide you with a truly unforgettable experience. 

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#9 Palacio Can Marques

Beautiful patio of luxury hotel Palacio Can Marques in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

Step through the doors of this architectural masterpiece and be greeted by a majestic ambiance that transports you to a bygone era. Immerse yourself in the rich heritage of this 18th century mansion that stands out with its Baroque splendor, and enjoy the feeling of belonging to a social elite.

The Can Marques mansion was originally built by consul Antonio Massa. Then, in the mid-19th century, mayor of Palma, Antonio Marques, acquired the property.

Unravel the secrets of Palacio Can Marqués and experience a world where history intertwines with modern luxury. Allow the stories embedded within its walls to captivate your imagination, while the dedicated team ensures your stay is nothing short of extraordinary. As their own motto goes: “Why stay at a hotel when you can live in a palace”.

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#10 Santuari de Sant Salvador

Santuari de Sant Salvador is something in between; it’s not really a luxury accommodation, but it is indeed a historic property. The shrine is situated at the summit of the homonymous mountain, just outside the town of Felanitx, in 510 meters altitude, boasting breathtaking panoramic views of Mallorca’s golden east coast.

The Sant Salvador sanctuary has its roots back in the 14th century, when a small chapel was erected as a safe place to escape to when the Black Death was raging. Later on, the monastery was added to the site, which has now been transformed into a hotel.

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