And now it’s possible! Padel has become a factor people consider when planning their holidays.
Many families and groups of friends are keen to check whether their accommodation has it on offer. More and more hotels are making sure to include padel courts in their facilities.
Who would have been able to tell padel purists that the sport would have grown so much in such a short time?
In just ten years, it has gone from being largely unknown to being widely played.
Spain has gradually created a large network of courts across the country to meet this new demand.
Many companies have chosen to build padel courts for amateurs to play on. This trend is much more deep-rooted now.
In this article, we’re sharing eight parador luxury hotels in the Spanish National Network that have been swept up by the padel boom and now offer this wonderful sport on their premises.
Most are in southern Spain
The south of the country, and more specifically Andalusia, is the part of Spain with the most paradores with padel courts.
Nerja, Córdoba, Málaga, and Mojácar are the four sites in the Network that offer this sport in their range of services.
One of the most prominent is the Parador de Mojacar in Almeria.
If you are looking for somewhere to enjoy quiet beaches all year round and play sports outdoors, this just might be the ideal destination for you.
In addition to playing padel, you can take a dip in the pool and work out in the gym, which includes a sauna and even massage rooms.
It also has numerous cosy rooms where you can take in the serenity of the area as well as bright rooms with terraces that make for a wonderful spot to watch the sun set calmly over the blue Mediterranean.
Another notable parador for padel is in Córdoba, a World Heritage city.
This hotel offers stunning views of the city, a quiet stay, and spectacular dinners on the terrace on warm nights.
It also has a padel court, a tennis court, an indoor and outdoor pool, and even a playground, in case you have children with you on your holidays.
Both hotels also have tennis facilities, a pool to cool off in, and are just a short distance from the coast.
Málaga Golf Parador also has another great attraction: its spectacular golf course.
In fact, this parador offers clear views of the Mediterranean Sea and has direct access to a white sand beach.
More padel options in Limpias, La Granja, and Puebla de Sanabria
The Network also has three paradors with a padel court in the northernmost part of the country.
All three have a wide range of amenities, including indoor and outdoor swimming pools.
The Puebla de Sanabria Parador, in Zamora, is a window into the natural beauty of this enchanting location, just twelve kilometres from Lake Sanabria, the largest glacial lake in Spain.
If you love exploring the great outdoors, you can go on excursions in this area and follow green tourism trails, where you will find spectacular views and landscapes and tranquillity all around you.
This parador also has a games room for children.
On the right bank of the estuary, where the waters of the river Asón approach the sea, lies the inviting Cantabrian town of Limpias.
A 20th century palace that has been converted into a parador stands here, in a secluded location that encourages you to relax and stroll through the manicured gardens.
In addition to comfortable rooms, the parador in Limpias offers padel and tennis courts, a children’s games and television room, and spacious and bright lounges, ideal for family and company events.
Finally, Real Sitio de La Granja is a beautiful little town just 11 kilometres from Segovia, at the foot of the Central System mountain range.
Its parador offers modern facilities, including a spa service and a solarium.
It is also a wonderful place for strolling through the gardens of the Royal Palace, with the magical show of the water in the fountains.
An eighth parador in the Canary Islands
On the island of La Palma, better known as La Isla Bonita, there is also a parador with a padel court.
The parador in La Palma is located close to the airport and Santa Cruz de la Palma, the island’s capital, in the El Zumacal area.
This building is in the typical Canarian architectural style and includes a large garden of fruit trees and native plans that makes for a gorgeous place to go for a stroll and take in the wonderful views of the Atlantic Ocean.
It boasts an indoor and outdoor pool to cool off from the hot Canarian climate.
La Palma also offers an extensive selection of cultural activities and active leisure pursuits as well as countryside to visit, and, of course, beaches to soak up the sun on.