We arrived in at the Lorca Parador at 3pm after a 4 hour drive from Cuenta. Part of the route was on a twisting road until we reached the motorway that runs along the coast past Murcia. The parador is on top of a hill, next to the Lorca castle which was constructed as a fortress between the 9th and 15th centuries. The parador is only a year old so quite the opposite to Cuenca. Everything is very modern and fresh. As today was Christmas Eve, we were welcomed with a glass of Cava. We had booked the special dinner for this night – it’s more important than Christmas Day and the hotel was very busy.
Our room looked out over the city and there were lots of comfy sofas in the public areas of the hotel where you could enjoy the views. The parador also had a swimming pool and spa area which was one of the reasons for choosing it.
On Christmas Day we checked out the pool, which had a lovely view over the city. During the construction of the parador, ancient Jewish baths and a synagogue were discovered and they have been incorporated into some areas of the hotel – you can see the excavated walls in the dining room.
Before leaving the parador to travel to Javea, we visited the old castle and climbed inside one of the Moorish towers which had been recently damaged by an earth quake 3 years ago.