Star-crossed lovers: Tie the knot at the Paradores of Spain
Situated within a 9th century medieval castle, Parador de Cardona's historical foundation exudes extravagance and romance. Together with the chapel of San Ramón and the castle's greatest treasure, the collegiate church of San Vincente, couples can embark on their newlywed journey in the most romantic of ceremonial venues. Situated within the Parador's complex, the 11th century church of San Vincente is characterised by iconic Romanesque Catalan architecture- a legacy which is amongst the richest and most striking in Europe.
As well as picturesque, the church was once home to the relics of Saint Agnes, who as the patron of young women is now widely associated with the mystical art of love divinations. Romance is at the heart of the castle- so much so that the idyllic venue is surrounded by a legend of its own pair of star-crossed lovers; this medieval love-story is encapsulated by de Cardona's iconic 11th century Minyonais tower which tells the tale of a forbidden love between the imprisoned Adalés, the beautiful young daughter of the Viscount Ramón Folch, and a lowly Moorish jailer.
With 49 bedrooms and a reception room catering up to 60 guests, the resort's facilities offers couples the choice of opting for a lavish wedding ceremony and reception, within a unique and intimate setting. Features such as the ducal courtyard and large hall with detailed pointed arches add to the quaint feel; yet it is the exceptional panoramic views over the surrounding city and Spanish country-side that make the Parador de Cardona unforgettable.
Additionally newlyweds can choose from three 'Unique Rooms' which offer guests an extra taste of luxury; the Montserrat, Sant Ramón, and the Cardona Room, all of which combine medieval charm with the luxury and comfort of modern amenities including a magnificent iron four poster bed; hydro massage bath; and south and east facing windows overlooking the Catalonian countryside.
Managing a unique range of properties across mainland Spain and the Canary Islands, Paradores de Turismo has a substantial range of properties that are ideal for wedding ceremonies and receptions including Parador de Benavente, Salamanca and La Mancha. Though specific Paradores are equipped with their own unique chapel facilities, not all offer on site ceremonies, but in most cases there will always be churches available nearby.
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