The Colours of Spanish Autumn with Paradores

The changing colours of autumn can be a spectacular sight in many parts of Spain. As green gives way to shades of red, orange and yellow, the once verdant Spanish landscape becomes awash with fiery beauty.

For fans of the autumn season, there are many forests throughout the Iberian Peninsula not far from Parador luxury hotels¬†where you can watch the leaves turn, including Soto de Sajambre, Casta√Īar de El Tiemblo and Hayedo de Montejo.

 

Soto de Sajambre

Soto de Sajambre, a lovely village nestled in the mountains of Castile and León, boasts one of Spain’s most splendid forests. It is part of the Peaks of Europe mountain range in northern Spain.

Hikers, bird watchers and nature lovers who come to the area in the autumn to enjoy the foliage can stay at Parador Cangas de Onís. Overlooking the River Sella, this charming hotel was once a monastery. Built in the 12th century, it was declared a national monument in 1907.

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Parador Cangas de Onís

 

Casta√Īar de El Tiemblo

Walking through these woods will take your breath away. The Casta√Īar de El Tiemblo is an enormous chestnut tree forest, and when its leaves turn colours at this time of year, it is a sight to behold. The Casta√Īar de El Tiemblo forest is part of the Valle de Iruelas Nature Reserve, which has been declared a Special Protection Area for the conservation of wild birds. Bird watchers will be excited to see a large number of black vultures here.

Whilst you are in the area enjoying the autumn foliage, consider staying at¬†Parador √Āvila. The fairy-tale setting of this magnificent hotel, located within the medieval walled city of √Āvila¬†inside a 16th century palace called Piedras Albas, or white stones, is the perfect location for a romantic getaway.

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Parador √Āvila

 

Hayedo de Montejo

The Hayedo de Montejo is an enormous beech tree forest located north of Spain’s capital city of Madrid. Declared a Natural Place of National Interest in 1974, the forest also contains oak trees, hazel trees, birch trees, holly trees and cherry trees, among others. Some of these towering trees are so beloved that they have been given names, such as Primera (First), Trono (Throne) and Ancla (Anchor).

Visitors to the area who are looking for a peaceful getaway might want to rest their heads at Parador Chinchón, which lies in the picturesque village of Chinchón. The hotel is situated inside a former Augustinian convent that was founded by the lords of Chinchón in the 17th century.

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Parador Chinchón

 

Which Spanish forest would you like to visit this autumn?