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A report about the high-class Spanish hotels housed in castles, palaces, fortresses, convents and monasteries. In a short interview, historian Esteban Cortijo stresses the important role that the creation of the Paradores has played in the presentation of Spain's past. They have integrated the past into the social and economic life of modern Spain.
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29 October 2008

Classroom Ideas

Could be used as a listening comprehension. Students could listen through the clip a few times before answering the following questions: 1. What type of historic buildings have been converted into hotels? and 2. How has this helped preserve Spanish history?

Students could then discuss whether they would prefer to stay in a modern hotel or a ‘Parador’.