Tranquility in a fortress-style castle in Spain: Parador de Tortosa

High atop a hilltop, Parador de Tortosa offers sweeping views of the town and the Ebro River Valley from its commanding position. Built within a 10th century fortified castle, the four-star Spanish parador feels like a refuge –filled with peace, quiet and tranquility. Part of the reason for its blissful natural silence is no doubt due to the fact there is absolutely no traffic anywhere near.  In fact, when the little van I was traveling in made its winding way up the steep road to the castle and entered the arched stone portal into the parador grounds, it barely fit between

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