We have just completed our 7th stay at the Parador de Cazorla for a few more days hiking. Its central remote location in the Parque Natural de Cazorla, provides many hiking trails several of them straight out of the front door. The quietness, comfortable rooms, relaxed atmosphere, welcoming staff and of course the excellent traditional cooking and ample breakfast buffets all add to the pleasure of our visits.
It is situated a good half hours drive from the village of Cazorla up an asphalted but bumpy winding road, and being some 400m higher it is at least 4degC cooler, a real plus in the summer, but a little chilly on spring & autumn mornings. It has the good basic facilities expected of a traditional mountain lodge, pleasant, quiet comfortable well appointed rooms, (provided you take the ones with a view of the Parque and not the basic ones at the back), and depending on the season there is an open air pool to cool off in, or a residents lounge with log fire to warm up in. There is no air conditioning but that has never been a problem to us because of the altitude, at least we know the heating is effective!
As there are no shops within half an hours drive we found that the best plan is to buy hiking provisions at the Mercadona in the center of Cazorla village before settling down for a week. For hiking (or touring) a map such as the one from Alpina sold in the Parador is essential, as well as a compass or GPS along with water, waterproof gear (we have encountered storms with hail when the rest of Spain is basking at 30deg with clear sunny skies!) and a mobile phone to get you out of any serious difficulties. In the last year, at long last, the more popular trails have been sign posted with fairly accurate times (the ‘Authorities’ even removed a lot of posts a few years back).
Most of the customers are Spanish, particularly at the weekends, and they are there to commune with nature, eat and catch up on family news. The dress code is very casual; some seem to wear the same gear for 5 days dawn to dusk. There is no wild social life, and none expected by the usual clientele, so a good book or a game of cards and a glass of wine at the end of the day is as much as you can hope for. There is as yet no WIFI and even the front desk computer only runs at a snails pace …so just forget the world, relax and enjoy the scenery, hiking trails and wildlife!
Our eighth visit is being planned!
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