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 The Paradores of Castilla y León, Spain

Luxurious hotels in historic & cultural buildings in Spain

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Castilla y León Travel & Accommodation Guide
ÁvilaClick to view map
Ávila de los Caballeros (Latin: Abila and Óbila) is the capital of the province of the same name, now part of the autonomous community of Castile and León, Spain.

Ávila was the birthplace of the 4th-century theologian Priscillian, the first Christian to be executed for heresy. The town is more renowned for St. Teresa of Ávila, the Carmelite reformer who lived there twelve centuries later (c. 1515-1582). A convent and church mark the supposed birthplace of Santa Teresa, but she was born in Gotarrendura in the Ávila province. Other prominent natives include Saint John of the Cross, Tomás Luis de Victoria and the Spanish-born American philosopher George Santayana. From 1482 to 1807 it was also the seat of a university.

Ávila is most known for the medieval city walls, that were constructed of brown granite in 1090: surmounted by a breastwork, with eighty-eight towers and nine gateways, they are still in excellent repair, but a large part of the city lies beyond their perimeter. The Gothic cathedral is integrated into the city's defences. It was built between the 12th and 14th centuries, and has the appearance of a fortress, with embattled walls and two solid towers. It contains many interesting sculptures and paintings, besides one especially fine silver pyx, the work of Juán de Arfe, dating from 1571.

Parador de Ávila, Ávila
In the historic quarter of the sizeable town of Ávila, this Parador is installed within the former "Piedras Albas" Palace, backing onto the impressive city walls.  In keeping with its surroundings, the hotel's interior has a warm and intimate feel creating a very refreshing atmosphere, enriching your time spent there. Its beautiful decorative features include granite and adobe floors, bright colours and spacious rooms, some with four poster beds. These features all combine to create a light feel to the rooms.  The Parador also features a garden containing archaeological remains, a magnificent glass-roofed courtyard, partitionable function rooms and a cafeteria. The hotel's restaurant provides a beautiful view over the gardens and the city walls.
Ávila - Navarredonda de Gredos
Navarredonda de Gredos is a municipality located in the province of Ávila, Castile and León, Spain. According to the 2006 census (INE), the municipality has a population of 469 inhabitants.
Terrace Views Parador de Gredos, Navarredonda de Gredos, Ávila
The Sierra de Gredos has housed this stone building since 1928, the first Parador, surrounded by crystalline waters, rough rocks and green pine forests. The location in Alto del Risquillo is a privileged vantage point over the Valle del Tormes, the Gredos massif and the Piedrahita and Béjar sierras, making it a real excursion centre.  The hotelís tough stone walls hide an interior with standout comfortable rooms, some with terrace. Classical wood reigns in the dining room, library and lounges. The presence of granite columns and the furnishing provide the space with a traditional Castilian style. The quality of the meat and local vegetables and pulses - such as the famed Barco beans - make for a rich cuisine of roasts and comfort soups and stews.
Burgos - LermaClick to view map
Burgos - at the edge of the central plateau, Burgos has about 170,000 inhabitants in the city proper and another 10,000 in its suburbs. It is the capital of the province of Burgos.  Worth visiting - the Gothic Cathedral at Burgos, begun in 1221, displays features of the 13th to 15th centuries.  Also visit the Royal Monastery - Monasterio de las Huelgas - and Monasterio de Miraflores.

Lerma - 36 kms from Burgos, and 199 kms from Madrid.

Parador de Lerma, Lerma, Burgos Province
The Ducal Palace is located in the highest part of the town of Lerma. It was constructed taking advantage of the site of a 10th century castle. This hotel has a central courtyard surrounded by columned galleries in alternating sections: the first has twenty Tuscan columns with semicircular arches, and the second has twenty Ionic columns.  After its restoration the Palace has now been converted into a Parador with 70 rooms and a capacity of 133 beds.  The gastronomy of the Parador is based on natural and tasty produce grown locally.  Of note are the cold meats such as the morcilla (blood sausage) and the Burgos cheese ...
León CityClick to view map
León - located in a flat countryside with wonderful historical and architectural heritage.  One of Leon's glories is without doubt, the Cathedral, one of the finest in Europe and having been constructed from the 13th century for a period of 200 years to completion.  It has more than 250 remarkable stained glass windows including a large rose window. In total there is over 1800 square metres of glass. The cathedral museum is also worthy of a visit with its wide array of exhibits.  The Collegiate Church of San Isidoro houses an impressive collection of early manuscripts. An early Romanesque construction.  The Palacio de los Guzmanes is a magnificent 16th century building with an impressive courtyard.  The Casa de Botines is an impressive piece by Gaudí with large turrets on each corner.   The Town Walls are of Roman and Medieval construction and are very impressive. The San Isidro Tower is of particular interest.
Parador de León (Parador Hostal de San Marcos), León
The San Marcos Monastery, whose construction began in the 16th century, replaced another 12th century monastery from the times of King Alfonso VI.  There are suites located in the original building with views of the square and also an annex constructed in the 20th century where the majority of the accommodation is housed.  Regal halls, spacious rooms, a library and a restaurant which in the main part offers an impeccable traditional gastronomy with touches of signature cuisine; all of which makes the Parador de San Marcos a unique establishment on St. Jamesís Way and the Silver Way.  Discover Leonese gastronomy in the Rey Don Sancho restaurant. Saturate yourself with the finest flavours of this historically plagued land enjoying the traditional local food washed down with the excellent D.O. Bierzo and C.O. Tierras de León wines.
Palencia - Cervera de PisuergaClick to view map
Cervera de Pisuerga - north of the city of Palencia, in the foothills of the wonderful Picos de Europa with astounding views.
Parador de Cervera de Pisuerga, Palencia Province
The Parador de Cervera de Pisuerga Hotel is set in a part of Fuentes Carrionas Reserve, determining its most representative features. Nature can be seen in all its splendour in the Picos de Europa and the blue waters of the Ruesga reservoir and the Romanesque art, which here becomes the real protagonist of the landscape, offering the site a unique and incomparable beauty.  The hotel has 88 spacious and comfortable bedrooms, with bright balconies, combine with the exquisite shade of walls, beams and ceilings covered with wood. The restaurant offers traditional Castilian cooking based on hand-made sausages, veal steak and trout with bacon. Also it ensures a peaceful and pleasant stay for its guest during the visit. 
Salamanca Province - SalamancaClick to view map
Salamanca - Salamanca is probably best known for having the oldest university in Spain and one of the oldest in Europe. This university is still what gives ambiance to the town. This charming town is untouched in it's architectural purity. In central areas all recent buildings are constructed in Salamanca's best tradition. The city has been declared "World Heritage Site" by UNESCO.  The city lies on a plateau by the Tormes river, which is crossed by a bridge 500 ft long built on 26 arches, fifteen of which are of Roman origin, while the remainder date from the 16th century.
Parador de Salamanca, Salamanca
The Hotel is on a small hill on the left bank of the Tormes, facing the historic centre of the city. Its large windows make it an exceptional lookout point over the city, a living museum dominated by the cathedral towers.  Elegance, comfort and spaciousness characterise the hotelís public areas, meeting rooms and bedrooms. Tastefully decorated with marble and other luxurious materials, the interior offers unbeatable views from all the lounges, the pool and most of the rooms. Enjoy the local dishes of Salamanca offered in the Parador restaurant: hornazo (meat pie), farinato and other Spanish sausages, cheese from Hinojosa, tostón (sucking pig), Ledesma pastries and almond pastries. Delicious!
Salamanca Province - Ciudad RodrigoClick to view map
Ciudad Rodrigo - located on the River Agueda, 89 kms from Salamanca and 28 kms from Portugal, with wonderful surrounding scenery.
Parador de Ciudad Rodrigo, Salamanca Province
The ivy-covered Hotel is perched on a sheer drop over the River Águeda valley and the castle has a keep which serves as an unbeatable observatory to look out over the Campo Charro landscapes. This is the ideal enclave to discover the beauty of the marvellous surrounding nature and appreciate the rich monumental city of Ciudad Rodrigo.  After the impeccable garden, the meticulous period details, Castilian furnishings, the splendid patio and bright rooms - some with exceptional views - are highlights.  The stone arches in the dining room are greatly admired, as are the typical Charro cuisine with the standout local sausage - farinato - succulent roasts and Iberian hams.
SoriaClick to view map
Soria - situated on the Rio Duero in the east of the autonomous community, the city is noted for its walls and a number of architecturally distinctive churches. These include the Plateresque Concatedral de San Pedro and its cloister, the convent church of Santo Domingo, and the unique architectural mix of the ruined cloisters of San Juan de Duero, on the other side of the river from the old town.  A few kilometres north of the town are the ruins of Numantia, a Celtiberian town whose inhabitants destroyed it rather than let it fall to Scipio. In Soria is the Museo Numantino, devoted to the archeological remains of this site. The city's professional football club is called CD Numancia.
Parador de Soria, Soria
The Parador de Soria rises up on a privileged height from which the extraordinary panorama of this monumental town and of the Duero river can be contemplated.  The hotel offers rooms that are provided with modern furnishing in pine wood and are equipped with modern amenities.  You can dine at the onsite restaurant, which serves regional specialities in a cosy atmosphere.  Conference facilities are available for people on business travel. The area where the parador is located enables guest to practise many activities such as trekking, climbing, canoeing, guided routes and many others.
Valladolid Province - SegoviaClick to view map
Segovia - after Toledo, SEGOVIA is the outstanding trip from Madrid. A relatively small city, strategically sited on a rocky ridge, it is deeply and haughtily Castilian, with a panoply of squares and mansions from its days of Golden Age grandeur, when it was a royal resort and a base for the Cortes (parliament). It was in Segovia - in the unremarkable church of San Miguel, off the Plaza Mayor - that Isabel la Católica was proclaimed queen. For a city of its size, there are a stunning number of outstanding architectural monuments. Most celebrated are the Roman aqueduct , the cathedral and the fairy-tale Alcázar, but the less obvious attractions - the cluster of ancient churches and the many mansions found in the lanes of the old town, all in a warm, honey-coloured stone - are what really make it worth a visit. Just a few kilometres outside the city and reasonably accessible from Segovia are two Bourbon palaces, La Granja and Riofrío.
Parador de Segovia, Segovia
Parador de Segovia Modern, welcoming and surprising, this Parador rises up in one of the most monumental cities of Spain, declared a World Heritage Site. From it can be seen the best panoramic view of Segovia. It is moreover an ideal setting to approach the numerous natural spaces of the province.  The bedrooms of the Parador are spacious and comfortable, and enjoy splendid views of the city, as does the dining room and the outdoor swimming pool.  The very spacious lobby displays modern paintings and design elements, in clear contrast to the simple, circular lines which frame the heated swimming pool. The splendid conference centre stands out, with several living rooms and congress rooms, and the dining room, an extensive display of regional products: 'judiones de La Granja' (beans), Castilian soup and roast lamb or suckling pig in a wood-fired oven.
Valladolid Province - TordesillasClick to view map
Tordesillas - a village in the Valladolid province of Spain.  It was the site where the most famous Treaty of Tordesillas was concluded on 7 July, 1494 between Spain and Portugal that divided the globe between the two kingdoms for purposes of colonisation under the terra nullius-principle.  The Main Square (see right) is also the main place in Tordesillas, in which the public activities have bean developed through the ages: markets, Middles Ages Games, bullfights, concerts, comedies, meetings.  Many monuments and churches to be visited.
Parador de Tordesillas, Valladolid Province
In the historic Castilian city of Tordesillas, a crossroads since Roman times, stands this mansion, in a green, natural landscape. A lovely wood of pines and a large, well tended garden surround the hotel with the tranquil calm and serenity of nature.  The Castilian style dominates both the exterior and the interiors, with valuable antique furniture in the lounges. The tranquillity of the hotel and the spectacular blue of the pool invite one to relax and take leisurely walks. Sit in the Paradorís dining room and enjoy its culinary specialities: garlic soup, Castilian style roasts, free-range chicken Turresillano style, and the local dessert, manjar de la Vega.
Villafranca del BierzoClick to view map
Villafranca del Bierzo - the last stage on the pilgrimage route in El Bierzo before reaching Galicia.  The settlement was developed from the pilgrimages.  The river Burbia flows through the town.  Wonderful mountain landscapes all around.
Parador de Villafranca del Bierzo, León
This hotel can be found in the extreme north of the Region of Castille-Leon in Villafranca del Bierzo, capital of a very beautiful region and former station on the road to Santiago.  The rooms are situated on two floors of the main part of the hotel. The wooden floor in the bedrooms and elsewhere offers elegance and comfort.  The cuisine typical of the town has its own specialities such as; Trucha Con Unto (a trout dish), El Botillo del Bierzo, El Pulpo a Barciana (an octopus dish) and Chanfaina barciana (a stew-like meal). For dessert there are Los Suspiros De Monje (a mixture of flour, sugar and egg).  The landscapes of the Ancares mountain range to the north complement the beauty of the Parador's garden.
Zamora Province - BenaventeClick to view map
Benavente - A prominent town located north of the capital on an important communications hub. The most representative building in town is the Parador de Turismo Fernando II hotel, which occupies the Caracol Tower, a 16th-century castle with wide segmental miradors and a beautiful Mudejar coffered ceiling in the main section; although it also has other attractions for the visitor, such as the church of Santa María de Azogue, outstanding in which are the doors, some multicoloured Gothic sculptures and several pillars; San Juan del Mercado, with its prominent southern door; and the hospital of La Piedad, an old pilgrims' hostel.
Parador de Benavente, Zamora Province
This renaissance castle was constructed under the order of Fernando II of León and was the seat of las Cortes in 1202. It makes up part of the old town, set within the town's ancient city walls. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, the castle's interior has classical decorative features such as tapestries, forged lamps, coffered ceilings, as well as Spanish bricks and woods. Its spectacular rooms are specially equipped to be an ideal location for social gatherings. The sleep-inducing bedrooms are cosy and accommodating, and the restaurant offers local cuisine: Bacalao a la tranca (cod with boiled egg), arroz a la zamorana (rice and pork dish), dos y pingada (fried egg and bacon on bread) and tocino de cielo (custard caramel). 
Zamora Province - Puebla de SanabriaClick to view map
Puebla de Sanabria - Lovely area with hiking and green tourism routes and a historical and monumental town, close to the Sanabria Lake.
Parador de Puebla de Sanabria, Zamora Province
The Hotel is in an exceptional location just 12 km. from the wonderful Lake Sanabria, the biggest glacial lake in Spain. In the centre of the Sanabria area, on the frontier with Portugal, the Hotel is ideal for lovers of travel and nature, who come to the area for green tourism excursions and tours, which are a delight for the eyes and the spirit.  The welcoming interiors, decorated with care, offer quality and comfort for a pleasant stay. The lounge, with its inviting fireplace, and some rooms offer large windows with views of the outstanding historic town of Puebla de Sanabria. In the restaurant you can enjoy exquisite habones (a local bean), trout and for dessert, a delicious blackberry cake. All accompanied by local wines in a relaxing ambience surrounded by nature. 
Zamora Province - ZamoraClick to view map
Zamora - a city in Castilla y Leon, and the capital of the province of Zamora. It lies in the northwest, near the frontier with Portugal and crossed by the Duero river.  Many very beautiful medieval and Roman buildings, churches and places to visit.
Parador de Zamora, Zamora
In the historic centre of the capital of the province, this hotel occupies a palace built over the remains of a Roman fortress in the mid 15th century, and offers the traveller an opportunity to discover the beauty of the landscape, both natural and urban, of Zamora.  The medieval flavour of the interior, with its suits of armour, tapestries and attractive canopied beds, combines with the Renaissance style of the courtyard, glazed wooden gallery and coats of arms. The hotel has two halls for conventions and a swimming pool in the flourishing garden. Wooden floors and beams give warmth to the baronial decor.  The restaurant offers excellent dishes from the traditional local kitchen...

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