Gastronomic experience in Castles and Palaces

Here you can find all the castles and palaces where you can enjoy the best food on the area.

There is a town that guards itself from the dangers that come by sea, and protects the medieval treasure that is its old quarter with the remnants of thick, high walls. It is the same seaside village you can find outside the walls, with colorful, eye-catching houses, lively taverns and beautiful views of the sea. That town is Hondarribia, and the Parador de Turismo is just the hotel you were looking for to enjoy it. Also known as the Castle of Charles V, its construction dates to the 10th century. Here you will feel as if you are in an authentic medieval fortress. Highlights include the immense bare stone walls that frame the courtyard, surrounded by green creepers and crowned by spaces adorned with arches, wrought iron and coffered ceilings. The views of the coast of France and the sea from some of the guest rooms and the terrace complete the indescribable beauty of this place..

Hondarribia sets the standard for tourism on the Bay of Biscay coast. The city offers any number of leisure options: beaches, mountains, hiking and adventure sports will allow you to enjoy it with all of your senses. If you are a golf lover, you will be pleased to know that you can play at either of the two courses in town: Justiz Golf and Real Club de Golf.

Walking along the cobbled streets of the walled area of Hondarribia is one of the pleasures you won't want to miss. A stroll along Paseo Ramón Iribarren, one of the busiest streets in the city, will take you to the new marina, as well as the beach and docked fishing boats, which enhance the beauty of each sunset with their constantly shifting silhouettes.

 

 

In the historic town center of the capital of Zamora, a beautiful palace awaits. Built on the site of an old Muslim citadel, today it houses a Parador. The hotel provides the opportunity to discover all the beauty of the natural, historical and artistic riches of this region. The medieval feel of the interior, which you will note in the armor, fine tapestries and canopy beds, blends with the Renaissance style of the courtyard, glass enclosed wooden gallery and coats of arms. The hotel also offers two conference rooms, a refreshing swimming pool and excellent traditional cuisine.

Because of its strategic geographic location, Zamora serves as a crossroads on theVia Delapidata, a beautiful, peaceful place where a nice walk is a pleasant way to explore the city's wealth of cultural and historical heritage. The cathedral with its ribbed cupola, Las Dueñas Convent, the delicate modernist style and urban Romanesque of many of the city's buildings, Zamora Castle and the Baltasar Lobo Museum are just some of the historic and artistic sights that are sure to fascinate you.

Come enjoy the monuments, cuisine and glow of this city on the banks of the Douro River while lodging at a unique hotel.

Know the environment

Zamora is a municipality and city located in the northwestern part of the central Iberian Peninsula. It is the capital of the province of the same name. The city's old quarter is considered an area of artistic and historical importance. The core of the city is elongated and largely surrounded by walls, extending along the northern banks of the Douro River. These characteristics have led Zamora to be known as the "well enclosed."

Highlights include its many Romanesque buildings. Considered "the Romanesque City," it has 23 religious buildings and 14 churches in the old quarter, making Zamora the city with the largest number of the finest Romanesque religious structures in Europe. Its major historical landmarks include the cathedral, castle, city walls, a bridge, two palaces and nine stately homes, as well as a number of modernist buildings.

 

 

Do you dream of turning back time and spending the night in a castle high above a lovely town filled with history and tradition? Make your dream come true at the Parador de Alcañiz. Unique landscapes, architectural heritage, tradition, adventure sports, hunting, cuisine, and more. It all starts here.

This castle/monastery dates from the 12th-13th centuries. The keep, belfry, sacristy and a section converted into an Aragonese palace have all been preserved. Contemplating its Gothic wall paintings, Plateresque sepulcher and baroque façade or strolling through the peaceful garden offer many pleasures for your senses.

The Teruel town of Alcañiz conceals secrets beyond your wildest imagination. You will be astonished by the beauty of its medieval underground passageways, the Fountain of 72 Spouts and the Gothic Lonja (market). It is also a place for fun. The MotorLand Aragón track offers a place for sports like autocross, karting and motocross, as well as competitions such as the MotoGP Grand Prix of Aragón.

Another appealing option? Grab your bicycle and head to the Val de Zafán greenway, less than an hour from town. You will find a secluded route that travels along old train tracks which have been adapted for cycling tourism and horseback riding, crossing the Matarraña, a river of spectacular ravines and magical waterfalls. If history is your thing, the province of Teruel offers more than 70 cave painting sites. You can also view examples of this form of artistic expression in Alcañiz. 

Don't leave without introducing your palate to the exquisite local cured ham, black truffles, olive oil from the Bajo Aragón region, saffron from Jiloca and traditional sweets. Close your eyes, breathe deep, relax and enjoy, because this is a one-of-a-kind experience.

The hotel occupies a former 12th-century hospital near the cathedral, erected by St. Dominic to take in pilgrims traveling on the Way of St. James. It has a regal, elegant style, with majestic function rooms and a lobby filled with Gothic arches and wood coffered ceilings. Fine materials and eye-catching colors—whites and blues—give way to comfortable guest rooms decorated with exquisite taste. You will find a warm, harmonious environment which is also highly suited to social events and meetings.

Santo Domingo de la Calzada stands beside the banks of the Oja River on a vast plain. The town's founding is linked to the branch of the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela known as the French Route. Legend has it that in the 11th century, this location was a large holm oak forest on the banks of a tumultuous river that descended from the nearby mountains, now known as the Sierra de la Demanda. A hermit named Domingo took up residence in the heart of the forest, dedicating all his energy to making it easier for pilgrims traveling to Compostela to cross this difficult terrain.

Today you can enjoy the town by visiting sights such as the cathedral or Plaza de España (Spain Square) and savoring La Rioja's delicious cuisine.

On the banks of the Sella River, surrounded by the spectacular Picos de Europa mountains, the Parador de Cangas de Onís awaits you in an incomparably beautiful spot. The hotel is located in the former San Pedro de Villanueva Monastery, a beautiful building with spectacular rooms of stone and wood. The décor is elegant, warm and traditional. The function rooms and riverside garden are ideal places for a unforgettable celebration. We take meticulous care with every detail and offer the best cuisine, allowing you to fully enjoy this idyllic spot. The Parador is two kilometers from Cangas de Onís, making it an ideal starting point for visits to Picos de Europa National Park, the shrine and lakes at Covadonga, and even charming coastal towns such as Llanes and Ribadesella.

Asturias is synonymous with natural beauty. Its steep mountains, white beaches, hidden caves, beautiful lakes, deep green woods and rivers of crystalline water are all just a short journey from the Parador de Cangas de Onís. A half hour away by car is the town of Cabrales, where you can visit a museum in a natural cave which offers a demonstration of the traditional method of making the town's famous cheese. Another lovely option is the hiking trail through Cares, a spectacular 12-kilometer canyon, or the driving route through Beyos Gorge, another amazing canyon parallel to the Sella. On the way, you can stop at the salmon ladder and marvel at the amazing sight of salmon swimming upriver.

This is the place to enjoy picture postcard scenery, perfect hiking trails around the lakes and mountains, and the idyllic tranquility of a Parador located in a spectacular spot.

Come & visit the best non urban hotel in Spain, Condé Nast Traveller 2014 awards. The Parador de Corias is located in the lovely Asturias town of Cangas del Narcea, in a spectacular monastery that has been declared a National Historical-Artistic Monument. Known as El Escorial of Asturias, the name alone will give you an idea of its elegance and monumental structure. The basement houses a lovely museum where you can view the archaeological remains of the original building, which dates to the early 11th century. The view of the mountain landscape and Narcea River from the windows of the guest rooms is spectacular. The Tuscan-style church with its ample spaces and large baroque altarpiece is also worth a visit. The hotel offers function rooms equipped for banquets, conferences and any other event you might wish to hold. This Parador sets the standard for tourism and gastronomy in an area of great natural beauty, surrounded by magical forests and rural landscapes which display different colors for each season of the year.

Next to the Parador there is a Roman bridge, on which the passing of the centuries has left ruts in the stones, inviting you to set out on a walk through the area, leave all of your cares behind and relax. These same trails will take you to gorgeous spots such as the Fuentes Nature Reserve, Muniellos Reserve or El Cuetu d’ Arbas Reserve, where bears and capercaillies leave their tracks on the beautiful green mantle of vegetation. In the mountains surrounding the Parador, vineyards of Mencia, Albarin, Carrasquin, Verdejo Tinto and other grapes grow to maturity, painstakingly cared for by local growers.

The town of Cangas de Narcea is just two kilometers from the Parador de Corias. Dotted with beautiful churches, palaces and mansions, it is a charming village you will enjoy visiting. Some of the loveliest sights include the collegiate church of Santa María Magdalena, Omaña Palace, Toreno Palace and Virgen del Acebo Chapel.

We look forward to welcoming you to one of the largest Paradores in Spain, an oasis of peace and tranquility in the midst of a fairytale landscape.

How would you like to travel back in time to the Middle Ages? At the Parador de Cardona, you will feel as if that is just what you've done. The hotel is a beautiful medieval castle with centuries of history, standing high atop a promontory and watching over the charming town of Cardona. On this 9th-century fortified site, you can also visit Minyona Tower and a lovely church, both dating from the 11th century. We have taken great care with the décor to ensure that the castle retains all of its charm and so that the fosses, towers, walls and gothic elements can be seen in all their glory. Panoramic views of the town and the lands along the Cardoner River are visible from anywhere you look out, a gift to which you will awaken each morning.

Cardona has retained all the charm of a medieval town. It is filled with incomparably beautiful spots and narrow side streets that you will want to explore every inch of. Here you can pay a visit to Montaña de Sal Cultural Park, an old salt mine with spectacular interior galleries, where you can tour the museum and see the old shaft machinery. The different folds and veins of the salt deposit and the wide variety of minerals contribute to the spectacular nature of this site, making it unique in the world. You will love it.

The Parador de Cardona is the ideal setting-off point for hiking or bicycle trails, including Los Molinos de la Sal (The Salt Mills), which runs past three old stone mills beside the Cardener River. Other nature trails you can enjoy include the Vía Salaria (Salt Road), the Camino de los Monjes (Monks' Trail) and the Camino de la Frontera (Border Trail), which will guide you along the paths that once ran around the territories on the former border with Muslim Al-Andalus.

At the Parador de Cardona, we offer you a one-of-a-kind experience: you will be reunited with tranquility, nature and history and enjoy all the delights of Catalan cuisine. If you visit us, you are sure to return.

 

 

 

 

 

The Parador de Carmona offers beauty, tranquility, exquisite cuisine and lovely scenery. The building is built over the ruins of a stunning fortress standing high above the town. It offers a fabulous swimming pool, terraces with views of the countryside and a delightful interior courtyard surrounded by pleasant lounges. The dining room is located in the former refectory and is one of the most spectacular in the Paradores chain. It offers lovely views of the swimming pool and the light-filled landscape of Andalusia, as well as traditional cuisine, which of course includes exquisite confectionery and partridge dishes. Decorative elements such as the tilework will remind you that you are in the land of Andalusia, where the light is special and the people are friendly.

Many different peoples found Carmona to be an ideal spot to settle and they left behind traces that still remain today. Must-see sights include the Puerta de Sevilla (Seville Gate); the Roman necropolis, evidence of a magnificent past; and the Museum of the City of Carmona, which provides a journey through the town's history. 

It is less than half an hour by car from the tranquility of our Parador and the lovely town of Carmona to the magic and light exuded by Seville. It is almost impossible to express the beauty of Andalusia's capital in words. The city is home to some of the most spectacular sights in Spain, including the Giralda, cathedral, Torre del Oro (Golden Tower), Triana neighborhood and Reales Alcázares palace complex. In this city bathed by the Guadalquivir, religion and celebrations are lived with special passion. You are sure to think back on enjoying tasty tapas at a sunny terrace café and magical hidden spots with special nostalgia.

 

 

The historic site of San Vicente do Pino is located in the uppermost part of the town of Monforte de Lemos. It is made up of the keep, San Vicente do Pino Monastery and the palace of the counts of Lemos, which houses the Parador de Monforte. The monastery dates back to the 9th century, although the current structure was built in the 17th century in the neoclassical style. The building has a neoclassical central cloister with exceptionally well carved stonework. It is the ideal space for events, or simply to enjoy a stroll amid the silence and beauty of the stone.

You won't want to miss a visit to the Colegio de Los Escolapios (Piarist School), a majestic building more than 100 meters in length. Construction of the structure was begun in 1593 and completed in 1913, after more than three centuries of work. Its grandeur evokes El Escorial Monastery and its walls bear the coats of arms of the counts of Lemos, the House of Alba and the Piarist Fathers, who were responsible for completing the work. The school's museum, previously the sacristy, houses paintings by El Greco and Andrea del Sarto, among others.

Monforte de Lemos is also an exceptional location for exploring the Ribera Sacraregion, with its rivers, vineyards, Romanesque churches, gastronomy and festivals. In the area around the town you will discover indescribably beautiful landscapes, including the Sil River Canyon and the magical Sierra de O Caurel mountains.

While surrounded by the history embedded in this 9th Century palace you may exercise in the facilities of the Wellness Area including a gym and a jacuzzi or rest in the outdoor swimming pool accompanied by the silence and beauty emanating from the stone of this Neoclassical building. The perfect balance between fitness training and relaxation.

 

 

The amazing ducal palace at Lerma, now a Parador, is located in the upper part of the city. The hotel features a central courtyard surrounded by lovely columned galleries. The elegant majesty of this palace from the era of the Hapsburgs and its lovely interiors, with beautifully designed lighting and décor, will make your stay an unforgettable experience.

The Plaza Mayor (Main Square) is opposite the main façade of the palace. At night, the lights of the Parador make it look even more magnificent and stately. The medieval quarter, Arch, Cárcel Bridge, San Blas Convent, Santo Domingo Monastery, Pasadizo del Duque (Duke's Passage) and former collegiate church of San Pedro are just some of the treasures you won't want to miss.

The area around Lerma is well worth a visit. 22 kilometers away is Covarrubias, a lovely village where San Cosme y San Damián Collegiate Church and Doña Sancha and Doña Urraca squares invite travelers to enjoy a leisurely visit, imagining that time has stood still in the Middle Ages and that little has changed since the year 987, when Count Fernán González founded the town.

About half an hour away by car is another treasure: the Monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos, a Romanesque jewel which has become a place of spiritual and artistic pilgrimage. It is also not far to beautiful Aranda de Duero, city of wine, monuments, history and culinary expertise.

Live the History

The Palace of Lerma is the main building of one of the most important urban projects of its epoch. Beside it there are several convents, a large square and the enormous terraced gardens over the River Arlanza made this city an artifi cial and ephemeral court of the Spanish Baroque period.

The grand, new palace planned by the Duke, the royal favourite of King Felipe III, took advantage of the ancient medieval castle of Lerma and entrusted the building to Francisco de Mora, the king’s architect. It was built in successive phases: in the fi rst in 1602 the castle was adapted and, subsequently, in a second phase (1613-16) a new annexed building was built beside the north façade. In a fi nal phase (1616-18), both houses were joined, to give it its current aspect, with the fi rst house-castle fi tted inside. This complexity is scarcely visible in the fi nal result of a building with a rectangular design and the typical layout of the Castilian palaces of the XVII century: a large central patio surrounded by arched galleries where a wide stone stairway starts. In the exterior, the contrast between the stone and the slate roof gives it an air similar to the Escorial enhanced by the four corner towers spire. The only outstanding part of the simple two fl oor façade with lintel like hollows is the main door fi nished o by a by a curved pediment and, over this a wide balcony fl anked by two ducal coats of arms. The architectural sobriety concealed a rich and sumptuous interior which housed the splendid collection of the Duke of Lerma, one of the most important of in Europe in the XVII century. 

The Duke of Lerma, the Royal Favourite 

For twenty years, he was the most powerful man in Spain. The Royal Favourite since 1599, he transferred the Court to Valladolid for fi ve years (1601-1606) in order to weaken the power of his enemies in Madrid, converting Lerma into a strategic point due to its proximity to the new Court. When he fell into disgrace in 1618, his town and palace were condemned to oblivion. The Duke of Lerma has passed into history as an example of the concentration of power, corruption and nepotism in a century which witnessed a very serious economic and political crisis. He began the policy of royal favouritism which was none other than the abandonment of the functions of the monarch in the hands of a strong man who, as in this case, had all the resources of power at his disposal. Before dying, King Felipe II was afraid of the infl uence which Lerma might infl uence over his son, the young and fi ckle Felipe III, and he cast him out of the Court. This was in vain as, after the death of the king, Gómez de Sandoval returned to Madrid and began to exercise absolute power for twenty years, dominating the new monarch and accumulating one of the largest fortunes of his time through favours and scandals. He approved the signing of a Peace Treaty with the Netherlands for twelve years and the expulsion of the Moriscos (Muslim converts to Christianity). Both of these occurred in 1609, and are considered to be the two most important events of his time as Royal Favourite. 

The Virgin on the Throne.

A carving is exhibited in the Parador and is considered to be one of the most valuable pieces of the artistic collection of Paradores due to its antiquity (XIV century) and its large size. It is a fi gure of Our Lady made in a single, polychromatic gilded plaster piece in the Flemish style. Its transitional style is evident in the contrast between stateliness of its frontal pose as compared to the naturalism of its expression. The angels who hold the crown are posterior, probably from the XVIII century.

The Parador de Jarandilla de la Vera has watched the centuries pass from its location in the heart of the fertile region of La Vera and the Tiétar River, amidst river gorges, natural pools, woods of chestnuts and oaks, and natural landscapes that affirm the wealth of its historic and monumental surroundings. This castle/palace once hosted Emperor Charles V for a period of several months. The hotel's noteworthy exterior features include the fortified towers, parade ground and excellent swimming pool, surrounded by olive and orange trees. Inside, the atmosphere is tranquil and private, making it the ideal choice for a very special stay. And in the restaurant, migas extremeñas (Extremadura-style fried breadcrumbs), patatas revolconas (paprika mashed potatoes with bacon), tomato soup, fried suckling pig, braised kid goat and repápalos (deep-fried breadcrumb balls) with milk and cinnamon, will entice your palate.

Jarandilla is one of those charming towns that only grow more beautiful with time. Examples of non-ecclesiastical architecture include the house of Don Luis de Quijada and a number of medieval bridges. There are also many religious buildings, including San Francisco Monastery and Ntra. Sra. de la Torre Church.

And you are sure to love the festival known as Los Escobazos, which is held on December 7 each year. At the high point of the festivities, the Virgin's standard is carried through Jarandilla by a rider on horseback accompanied by a number of other riders, and the entire town takes to the streets with burning brooms.

If you are a nature lover, you will enjoy visiting wonderful nearby spots such as the Jaranda Gorge and neighboring towns such as Garganta la Olla. You can hikethrough gorgeous sections of Extremadura, where the peace and tranquility of nature reign supreme.

 

 

The Parador Museo de Oropesa is a beautiful building that transmits its history and legends through spectacular function rooms, columns and arcades, an imposing courtyard and the enigmatic keep. It was once the ancestral home of the Álvarez de Toledo family, counts of Oropesa, and in past times sheltered soldiers, religious persons and nobles. In 1930, it was converted into the first historic Parador in the government-owned chain, paving the way for a network of lodgings located in castles, palaces, convents and monasteries which is unique in the world. A stay at the hotel becomes a date with history in an enticing location where you can relax and enjoy the spectacular views of the Sierra de Gredos mountains and excellent cuisine.

In Oropesa, you will discover a pleasant medieval town dotted with historic convents and monasteries, churches and palaces. The Parador, which can be seen from the highway connecting Madrid with Extremadura, is the finest example of the historic and scenic riches this area has to offer.

In the month of April, you can attend Oropesa's Medieval Days, when the town recreates its magnificent past. The Parador becomes the perfect place to travel back to another time and feel like true kings and queens of the Middle Ages.

 

In the birthplace of Cervantes, where every nook and cranny oozes art and culture, stands the Parador de Alcalá, a 17th-century monastery school and student lodgings located in the former San Jerónimo College. However, do not let so much history overwhelm you, because the hotel offers the perfect combination of tradition and avant-garde. The interior décor is of a modern design: tasteful, minimalist and extremely elegant. The services are without par: in addition to the standard offerings at Paradores, there is a spa, business center, convention centers and twelve conference rooms. 26 kilometers from Madrid, 20 kilometers from Barajas International Airport and the trade fair facilities at IFEMA, and just 2 kilometers from the train station, the Parador's location in this World Heritage City is one of its main advantages.

The Parador de Alcalá is a good option for conference tourism and events, as well as visiting the city. Far from being just a commuter town and a place to escape after a hectic day in Madrid, along the cobbled streets of the old quarter of Alcalá de Henares, you will discover the charming traces left by the passage of history on this university city. A literary capital par excellence, this is the birthplace of Cervantes and was once home to Francisco Quevedo, Lope de Vega, Calderón de la Barca, Tirso de Molina and St. John of the Cross, among other geniuses of the Spanish Renaissance.

Alcalá offers a number of very interesting tourist attractions: Calle Mayor, the cathedral, the university and the Archbishop's Palace are all worth a visit. Other highlights include the Paraninfo Theater, where the prestigious Cervantes Prize for Literature is presented, and the many historic buildings which host visiting storks, now part of the landscape of Alcalá. Once you visit the Parador de Alcalá, you are sure to return, just as the storks come back to the city’s towers each year.

This beautiful Parador is located in the Monastery of San Francisco, 800 meters from the historic town center of Santo Domingo de la Calzada. The building is divided three sections: church, workshop/museum and guest house, with the hotel being located in the last of these. The décor features predominantly contrasting elements, with red tones and blue-grays in the guest rooms, oil paintings with religious themes and works by modern graphic artists. Because of its location on the Way of St. James, the Parador is the ideal spot for rural tourism. Visitors can also enjoy sports such as golf or hiking and the Valdezcaray ski resort.

Santo Domingo de la Calzada stands beside the banks of the Oja River on a vast plain. The town's founding is linked to the branch of the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela known as the French Route. Legend has it that in the 11th century, this location was a large holm oak forest on the banks of a tumultuous river that descended from the nearby mountains, now known as the Sierra de la Demanda. A hermit named Domingo took up residence in the heart of the forest, dedicating all his energy to making it easier for pilgrims traveling to Compostela to cross this difficult terrain.

Today you can enjoy the town by visiting sights such as the cathedral or Plaza de España (Spain Square) and savoring La Rioja's delicious cuisine.

The Parador de Ciudad Rodrigo is located between the energetic cultural life of Salamanca and the wonderful charm of Portugal's Aldeias Históricas (Historical Villages). The hotel, once the castle of Henry II of Trastámara, overlooks the town from atop a high precipice like an eagle's nest. The elegant keep stands above the Águeda River plain, offering wonderful views of the countryside of the Campo Charro region. You will not fail to admire the stone arcades in the dining room, or the traditional Salamanca cuisine, including delicious charcuterie, tasty roasted meats and the best Ibérico ham. It is excellent! And if you imagine your wedding day in a medieval setting, or you would simply like to have a different kind of celebration, this is the ideal spot, because we offer unique theme weddings.

Immerse yourself in history. Ciudad Rodrigo has been declared an Area of Artistic-Historical Importance. It offers wonderful Roman and medieval architecture. The entire city is walled, inviting you to enjoy a lovely walk along the 2-kilometer perimeter. Wander the streets filled with palaces and stately homes, and discover the Plaza Mayor (Main Square) with its 16th-century Town Hall, the imposing cathedral, and more.

This beautiful and historic city is just over 80 kilometers from Salamanca (45 minutes by highway), and 25 kilometers from the Portuguese border. Ciudad Rodrigo is the heart of the area and from here you can visit such unique places as La Alberca and other villages in the Sierra de Francia mountains, with maze-like streets, stone houses with wooden balconies, lovely squares and fountains. You will feel as if time has stood still. There is also Almeida, in Portugal, a walled site and former defensive fortification on the border between the two countries.

Arribes del Duero Nature Reserve is another paradise that awaits you on the border between Zamora and Portugal. With a Mediterranean microclimate and exotic North African flora, it is the last refuge of species such as the juniper and hackberry tree. It also guards treasures like the Pozo de los Humos, an incredible 40-meter waterfall.

Visiting the scenic overlooks and taking a boat ride along the gentle waters of the Douro River, spotting the many birds that nest there, offer a one-of-a-kind experience.

 

 

Like a chest guards its treasure, the city walls of Ávila conceal beautiful jewels of cultural heritage, made up of churches, convents, monasteries and Renaissance palaces. And there can be no doubt that these gems include Piedras Albas Palace, the Parador de Ávila. Abutting the best preserved city walls in the world, the hotel puts you close to the city's most beautiful spots. The interior is cozy and charming. The guest rooms are spacious and perfect for relaxing. The dining room offers a view of the garden and the city walls through a glass-enclosed courtyard. Together, they make the Parador a majestic place, the perfect match for many of the buildings you will find in this World Heritage City. You will love strolling along the wall walk and wandering through the streets of the old quarter, where every square, every street and every corner are filled with charm.

The city walls, incredible Gothic cathedral, Theresian convents and palaces abutting the walls like a second line of defense, once bore witness to long-ago exploits. They will inspire you to discover the legends and stories told with gusto by the guides and actors charged with introducing visitors to this magical city.

The Castilian province conceals other treasures which the walls could not encircle, such as the pre-Roman settlement of Las Cogotas and the Bulls of Guisando, stone sculptures of Celtic origin. Sierra de Gredos Nature Reserve, an hour away by car, is another option for lovers of nature and green tourism.

The famous egg yolk sweets named for St. Teresa, the delicious shortbread and pastries of the Cistercian nuns, caramel-coated almonds from Diego Álvaro, and the almond honey of the region's local microclimates and floral areas will make your stay at the Parador de Ávila as sweet as you could ever imagine.

 

 

he town's Parador is located within stone walls that conceal medieval treasures, in a section of the majestic Palace-Castle of Olite, which has been declared a national monument. The hotel common areas and some of the guest rooms are located inside the palace, where the interior offers amazing stained glass windows, arcades and other characteristic medieval features. The palace is the most important example of Gothic non-ecclesiastical architecture in Navarre, and one of the most outstanding in Europe. Within these ancient stone walls, you will find yourself immersed in an oasis of peace and tranquility.

A walk through the narrow side streets of Olite will take you from the shelter of large fine stone houses bearing coats of arms to an exploration of the Roman walled area. You will also enjoy visiting Oliva Monastery, where Cistercian monks dressed in white tunics stroll and pray in the monastery cloister.

The Mediterranean climate makes the area an ideal paradise for grapevines and fine wine. You can visit local wineries and sample exquisite vintages. In addition, every August the town holds its Medieval Festival, where kings and princesses, magicians and minstrels, falconers and archers all gather, taking the city back in time to the Middle Ages.

Live the History

One of the most beautiful Civil-Gothic complexes in Europe is in Olite. There was the Palace of the Kings of Navarre whose oldest part has been fitted out as a Parador. Its capricious and anarchic profile full of nooks, towers, battlements, galleries and gardens are simply an evocation of the Middle
Ages.

The Parador corresponds to the oldest part of all the palace complex, the so-called Palacio Viejo or Palacio de los Teobaldos. This area has been inhabited since the time of the Romans, whose archaeological remains appear in some of the towers. The Roman “praesidium” was the nucleus of the
palace until, in the Middle Ages, Carlos III of Navarre extended it and transformed it into one of the most beautiful palaces in Europe, attaching it to what was called the New Palace (Palacio Nuevo). The old medieval palace was structured around an interior patio surrounded by auxiliary dependencies, with the fi rst fl oor reserved for the royal rooms. When the Kingdom of Navarre was incorporated into the peninsular union in 1512, both the old and new palaces lost their condition of royal and their decadence began. During the War of Independence, it was practically burned down and, at the beginning of the XX
century, only the two eastern towers and the exterior walls were conserved. The reform work to adapt it to a Parador of Tourism began in 1966. The patio was rebuilt starting only from the foundations and, thanks to the documentation, it was possible to reconstruct the Gothic windows of the façade. The final result was a small Parador with a surface area of 800 metres and 14 bedrooms and common areas.  Owing to its insuficient size, a differentiated annex was created for the bedrooms joined by a loggia in a style similar to the Palace complex.

Carlos de Viana, an unfortunated Prince.

Although Prince Carlos was born in Peñafi el in 1421, he was brought up in the Royal Palace of Olite where his grandfather, King Carlos III of Navarre, considered him to be his successor and created the title of Prince of Viana for him and educated him as a future king. However, his destiny was very different. Although he was the legitimate heir to the throne of Navarre as the son of Queen Blanca, his permanent disputes with his father, who never wanted to recognise him as king, decided his future. Moreover, after becoming a widower on the death of his wife, Queen Blanca, he married again this time to a Castilian, who always endeavoured that the rights of her son, the future king Ferdinand of Aragon,
should prevail over those of her stepson Carlos. The indecisive and excessively prudent character of Carlos and the political tensions of the epoch precipitated his end. His premature death and his sad destiny transformed him into a romantic personage which the XIX century magnifi ed in art and literature.

The Towers of the Old Palace

Olite is famous for its capricious and irregular profi le. The Palace alone, which is today the Parador, has three di erent towers. In the north east corner, the tower of the prison, with its battlements and ancient guard armoury; in the south east corner, the Tower of San Jorge, also with its battlements
and where Sancho el Fuerte built a small chapel. The highest tower is in the main façade, the Tower of the Storks (Torre de las Cigueñas), an ancient watchtower, with a square layout and crowned by a small circular tower. 

 

The origins of Riudabella go back to prehistoric times, as evidenced by the existence of different sites in the area. The beginning of the building is located in the Iberian period, since in this location an Iberian defensive tower was found. Later in this same building there are different references to the settlement of a considerable Roman villa.

Towards century XII, after the Saracen occupation, Ramón Berenguer IV reconquests these territories and fields for the monks of the Cisternian orden who founded the Monastery of Santa Maria de Poblet, and were in charge to develop different farms dedicated to the agricultural operation and the care of its surroundings.

Between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries, Riudabella becomes an important "farmhouse" where they build on the existing elements, a fortified farmhouse with different rooms dedicated to accommodation, prayer and agricultural work by monks such as the cultivation of the vineyard and the elaboration of wine, honey and saffron. That explains the existence in the premises of an important "Celler" or winery of the time.

In the fifteenth century the abbot Delgado made several buildings and a chapel. Throughout the sixteenth-eighteenth centuries the monks made improvements.

During the period of the confiscation of Mendizábal, Pedro Gil i Babot, father of the great grandfather of the current owner, bought the farmhouse. The restoration was made during 1860 and it was when the buildings were rebuilt with a neo-medieval style, turning Riudabella into a castle.

It started as an agricultural farm and summer residence of the family, for private use, but over the years, the new concerns of society as well as economic changes in general, have made the family rethink and decide to open our home to the public,to be able to preserve it and face the costly maintenance that this type of buildings imply.

In that sense, it seemed more appropriate to open a topic "rural tourism" because of the unique environment in which the Castell de Riudabella is located. We started in 1992 with an apartment for 6 people in a wing of the castle and little by little we were adapting the adjoining facilities to provide pool and garden service.
Then we opened another apartament for 2 people.

With this idea, we continue working at this time. Our dream, would be to turn the Castell de Riudabella into a landmark of historical tourism, with a maximum of 20 people staying in apartments for 2/4 pax. located in different places outside the main building (garages, stables, huts ...) and keep the main building it to give special meals, hold events and meetings.

We also offer our guests the opportunity of a private guided tour of the castle with an explanation of its history and that of our family.

We have also adapted some rooms in the old barn, to offer them to celebrate weddings, events, business meetings... and thus expand the offer.

Our last great milestone will be to recover the old romantic garden and include it in our tourist offer and enjoy a privileged environment

The World Heritage City of Úbeda is located in the province of Jaén, west of the Cazorla and Segura mountains near the Guadalquivir River. You will find the Parador in the old quarter, housed in a 16th-century palace on Renaissance-styleVázquez de Molina Square. The local architecture will remind you of an Italian Renaissance city, but with the folklore, age-old handicrafts, cuisine and joyous atmosphere of Andalusia. The hotel façade conceals an extremely beautiful interior courtyard and some of the guest rooms offer a spectacular view of the square.

Just a short stroll separates the Parador from some of the loveliest buildings in Úbeda, including El Salvador Chapel, the palace of the Marquis of Mancera and Vázquez Molina Palace, now home to the city hall.

The city's wealth of cultural heritage is reflected in its walls, palaces, churches, monasteries and convents. Begin your tour on Redonda de Miradores Street, Úbeda's viewpoint overlooking a sea of olive trees. Continue along its winding streets, visiting antique shops, museums, neighborhoods such as San Millán, and picturesque Valencia Street, where you can still find artisan potters working in their shops. You will discover a truly unique place.

 

Know the environment

The quality and state of preservation of its many Renaissance buildings and the unique urban environment led this municipality in the province of Jaén to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site on July 3, 2003.

Known as the ‘city of the hills’, it is located in the La Loma district (top producer of olive oil in the area), near the Sierra Mágina mountains. The essence of Úbeda lies in its magnificent Renaissance buildings and monuments, in its palaces, walls, monasteries, convents and stately homes. It is truly the jewel of the Andalusian Renaissance.

 

 

 

We would be delighted if you would make the Parador de Cuenca your choice for exploring the many unforgettable spots in this uniquely beautiful World Heritage City. The hotel is in a former monastery with an enviable location atop the Huécar Gorge, site of sheer walls and dense vegetation in the outskirts of the city, opposite the magical Hanging Houses. You will be charmed by the glass-enclosed cloister and the former chapel, now a cozy café, our swimming pool and the lovely panoramic views of the city that can be enjoyed from some of our guest rooms (superior rooms).

Cuenca is full of interesting sights. The city itself is beautiful. Sit and enjoy chocolate con churros (drinking chocolate and donut sticks) in the lovely Plaza Mayor (Main Square), surrounded by history and monuments with virtually no traffic. Visit Santa María y San Julián Cathedral, and of course, don't miss the amazing vertical Hanging Houses, overhanging the Huécar River.

Just over 30 kilometers from Cuenca you can visit one of nature’s wonderful caprices, the famous Ciudad Encantada (Enchanted City). The limestone rock formations in this natural area create the illusion of walking past streets, squares, tall buildings, wooded areas, animals, Roman bridges and even ships, all watched over by an enormous giant's head.

A stay at the Parador de Cuenca will allow you to discover a city of magical beauty that is sure not to leave you indifferent.

The Castilian city that is home to the Parador de Almagro has been declared an Area of Artistic-Historical Importance. According to tradition, the city was originally an Arab castle known as Almagrib. The name refers to the characteristic clay of the region, which has a red ochre (almagre) color. You will find it in the Plaza Mayor (Main Square) and other buildings in the historic district. Our Parador is just five minutes from the Plaza Mayor. The building is a former monastery dating from the 16th century. It is very comfortable and peaceful, with a swimming pool, interior courtyards, bright galleries and beautiful woodwork. We offer an ideal location to spend the night and enjoy the unforgettable experience of exploring every corner of Almagro, with sunny afternoons at the terrace cafés in its squares, and one-of-a-kind sunsets amid the bounty left to us by nature in nearby spots such as Las Tablas de Daimiel National Park.

You won't want to miss the Corral de Comedias in Almagro, the only open-air theater to remain intact and in operation since the early 17th century. It still serves as a theater, with a busy schedule of performances, as you will see when you visit the city. This historic/artistic site also hosts the prestigious International Classical Theater Festival.

The Corral de Comedias is one jewel in Almagro's crown, but it has many more! You can follow its Route of Castles, which will take you from Old Calatrava Castle to the Alarcos-Calatrava Archeological Park and New Calatrava Castle.

Less than one hour from the Parador, the lovely natural areas of La Mancha offer unique spaces such as Cabañeros National Park, Lagunas de Ruidera Nature Reserve and Tablas de Daimiel National Park, a festival of nature's beauty, an oasis in the middle of the plains of La Mancha, the perfect panorama to gaze upon. An experience you are sure to love.

The Parador de Zafra, Palace of the Dukes of Feria, occupies a majestic castlewith elegant, spacious rooms. Construction on this residence for the dukes of Feria was begun in 1437. The value of the palace is evident in the spectacular façade. It is an ideal location for exploring the historic surroundings and sights in the area. You will be amazed by the magnificent interior, which still contains beautiful coffered ceilings, large chests, ironwork, banisters and other decorative elements from the former palace. Stately, spacious guest rooms, a swimming pool and a beautifully maintained garden round out the Parador's offerings.

Gates in the outside walls lead to the lovely city of Zafra. One of the most beautiful entrances is through Jerez Gate, where narrow Clavel Street will captivate you. Framed by an arch and decorated with tiles, small balconies bedecked with flowers overlook the street, creating the perfect picture postcard. Strolling through Grande and Chica (Big and Small) squares, the shops along Sevilla Street, the collegiate church, and amazing churches such as Candelaria are just some of the attractions in this town, which is also known as La Sevilla Chica (Little Seville).

Come discover this land of Templars and nobles, villages with simple, charming folk, rich in culture and learned in gastronomy.

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With more than 13 centuries of history, the Parador de Alarcón will transport you back to the Middle Ages with its historic features, especially the castle keep and its elegant red and orange textiles. Perched high atop the craggy Pico de los Hidalgos in a meander of the Júcar River, almost as if it were an eagle's nest, the Parador overlooks one of Spain's loveliest villages. Small and charming, Alarcón has been declared an Area of Artistic-Historical Importance due to its beauty and harmony. Encircled by a wall, it is located next to the reservoir of the same name. You will love the wetlands, dotted with small sandy beaches along the banks, pine woods, coves and giant rocks. You can also go sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and rowing.

The waters of the Júcar River are ideal for fishing. The river slows as it passes Alarcón, flowing through many delightful spots, and encircling and protecting the town's former fortress. Santa María Church is a must-see and features one of the best preserved Renaissance altarpieces.  Castañeda Palace, the Alarcón Mural Painting Center for Contemporary Art, Don Juan Manuel Square and Santo Domingo de Silos Church are other sights you will want to visit.

Hiking through the Alarcón Gorge will take you to many beautiful locations. There are two wonderful options: a long-distance footpath following the route of the Júcar River, and a short-distance footpath that skirts Alarcón, offering lovely views.

180 km from Madrid and 170 km from Valencia, this is an ideal spot to spend a weekend and get away from it all. All you have to do is get out of the city and relax, Alarcón and our Parador will take care of the rest.

In the historic city of Trujillo, birthplace of discoverers, you will find this lovely Parador, occupying the former convent of Santa Clara and preserving the peaceful and calm atmosphere of the convent buildings. Inside there are two lovely cloisters, one with Renaissance arches and columns. The second gives the complex a touch of brightness that makes the atmosphere even more beautiful. This is an ideal hotel for relaxation and leisure, as well as work. The rooms are peaceful and the Parador offers beautiful, elegant function rooms, along with a seasonal swimming pool.

In Trujillo, all roads lead to the Plaza Mayor (Main Square), the heart of the city, surrounded by very beautiful and important buildings. In the middle of the square stands the bronze statue of Francisco Pizarro astride his horse. Together with San Martín de Tours Church, the Palacio de la Conquista (Palace of the Conquest) and the Casa de las Cadenas (House of the Chains), it will leave you with the memory of a truly beautiful square. Trujillo Castle is another lovely spot. It is visible from any point in the city and houses a sanctuary dedicated to the patron saint, the Virgin of Victory.

Trujillo is blessed with all the charm of a historic city and the beauty and serenity provided by the passing of time. This is a place you will love discovering.

The Royal Residence of La Granja is a beautiful small town just 11 kilometers from Segovia, at the foot of the Central System mountain chain. La Granja boasts a spectacular Parador housed in the Casa de los Infantes (House of the Infantes), built by Charles III in the 18th century as a home for the infantes Gabriel and Antonio, and the headquarters of the Guardia de Corps, which contains a modern conference and convention center, just 55 minutes from Madrid.

This exclusive location offers 16 meeting rooms with a capacity of more than 600 people. The décor is modern and the rooms are bright and comfortable, all located in a historic and natural setting. The hotel is in the heart of the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains, near the Royal Palace of La Granja, with its beautiful gardens and fountains, and the Royal Glass Factory, now the Museum of Glass, making it the perfect spot to rest and relax, enjoying the elegant beauty of the area.

La Granja is an enchanting place and the Parador allows you to enjoy it to the utmost. Modern facilities, including a spa and spacious, well-equipped guest rooms, make it ideal for conference tourism or for a romantic getaway with your partner. You will find it difficult to forget strolls through the gardens of the royal palaceand the incredible show offered by the water flowing through the fountains.

Live the History

In austere Castile there is a place which evokes the refi ned splendour of the European baroque courts, La Granja de San Ildefonso. In the French style, is the most hedonistic of the Royal Sites in Spain, built around the baroque palace and with one of the most beautiful gardens in the country.

The building which has been a Parador de Turismo since 2007 stands beside the Palace of La Granja. The enormous four fl oor building measuring two hundred metres long is the old Casa de Infantes (House of the Princes), constructed in 1770 in order to accommodate the servants of two of the children of King Carlos III, Gabriel and Antonio. This is a very long rectangular building, organised around three patios which lead onto narrow corridors which provide access to the dependences. What is most noticeable is the sobriety of its facades where only the pediments which crown the gaps and an entrance door break the most absolute simplicity. In its interior, totally rehabilitated after a fi re in 1984, the three interior patios planned for grand archery meetings. Behind it are the Barracks of the Guardia de Corps converted into a Convention Centre of the Parador. In this case, we fi nd a building designed for military use where the troops and services were centralised, thus its T design, its towers and rear patio. As in the current Parador, only the facades were conserved and, after their rehabilitation, they recovered their trompe l’oeil classical columns and the very original classical green colour. 

The Two Borbon Princes

The Princes, Gabriel and Antonio de Borbón y Sajonia, the sons of King Carlos III, could not have been more di erent. Gabriel was the “Enlightened prince”, while his brother was well known for his good natured character. He was very keen on bookbinding and carpentry. Destiny did not treat them equally either, Gabriel died young while Antonio witnessed his nephew Fernando VII reigning after the War of Independence. Both had been born in Italy where their father, the future King Carlos III of Spain was King of Naples and Sicily. However, when they were children, they moved to Madrid where they would live for the rest of their lives. Gabriel soon showed signs of his interest in culture. He translated from Latin, composed pieces for organ and brought together an important collection of art. His life was soon cut short when he died of smallpox a few days after his wife and his new born son. This family tragedy deeply a ected King Carlos III who was said to have felt a special predilection for this son. While his brother had a long and polemical life. Pérez Galdós confessed that he had made a mistake with him. In the “Los Episodios Nacionales” (National Episodes) he termed him “the most benevolent of men”, however, he demonstrated that he was a fi rm supporter of his nephew, King Fernando VII and the implacable return to monarchic absolutism. He occupied important posts in the Spain of King Ferdinand VII.

A complex system.

The interior of the Parador is structured in three interior patios with four heights visible through galleries of semi-circular arches. Especially outstanding is the patio of the sink. This was a large patio for the evacuation of unclean water located in the middle of the building and which had spouts on each fl oor separated by dovetailed brick walls and which terminated in the basement in a clearing well. It was a very modern system for the epoch. 

 

 

Spend the night in the Alhambra complex, among gardens and fountains that evoke a past in which the Arab and the Christian intermingled. This is the exclusive opportunity offered by the Parador de Granada, a former monastery built on the orders of the Catholic Monarchs on the site of a Nasrid palace, the remains of which have been preserved in the Nazarí Room. The hotel has an enchanting interior, in keeping with the magic exuded by every corner of the city. Works of art and exceptional furniture decorate the cloister and interior rooms. In the dining roomand on the cool summer terrace, we offer Andalusian gazpacho, habas a la granadina (fava beans with artichokes) and piononos (sponge cake rolls topped with cream), which are originally from the small local town of Santa Fe. Come experience this idyllic spot, a magical city, a one-of-a-kind experience.

The Alhambra and Generalife Palace complex, Granada's most emblematic monument, exudes beauty at every turn. Its gardens are among the most romantic spots in the city. Its colors, the scent of the flowers and the sound of water create a truly intoxicating atmosphere. Another marvelous area is the old Arab neighborhood of El Albaicín, made up of a network of white houses on a hill, with baroque churches and Arab cisterns. La Cartuja Monastery, the cathedral, the Arab baths and Parque de las Ciencias (Science Park) are just some of the city's infinite treasures. Travelers will also not want to miss an evening visit to see a zambra (gypsy dance) in one of the caves in the Sacromonte neighborhood.

In addition to its World Heritage Site monuments such as the Alhambra and the Albaicín quarter, Granada is also a university town that never sleeps. Its streets invite you to experience the fascinating and magical night-time atmosphere.

 

 

The Parador de Lleida is a 4-star hotel located in the Convento del Roser which dates back to the 17th century and is comprised of two buildings: the church, where the Parador's restaurant will open, and the hotel complex. Its 53 rooms distributed across three floors and around a beautiful central cloister from which guests can access the church which has been converted into a Marmita Restaurant.

Multi-purpose meeting rooms, a gym, common areas to enjoy your stay and free WiFi are some of the other services on offer at this new hotel in the heart of Lleida.

Lleida invites the visitor to lose themselves in the narrow winding streets and to discover the city centre, just ten minutes' walk from the Parador. Atop a hill sits La Seu Vella or Lleida's Old Cathedral, which was built back in the 13th century and which offers great views of the city and surrounding flatlands of Segre. The New Cathedral, built in the Baroque style is located in the city's commercial heart, just five minutes from the Parador. Lleida is an interesting destination for those looking to follow the Romanesque Routes, such as that area of Alta Ribagorza which boasts no fewer than nine Romanesque churches in the Vall de Boí, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Nature is also close at hand with the Arboreum Dr. Pius Font y Quer nearby. This is an immense botanic garden of more than 7 hectares, with 18 spaces, each representing a different area of the planet. If you like to stay active, the perfect place for playing sport and observing the flora and fauna is La Mitjana, a surprising natural area, which stretches along the edge of the city by the riverside.

Lleida is the perfect location for lovers of wine tourism, as from here wineries and vineyards can be visited as it is in the centre of the Costers del Segre Designation of Origin. Here at the Parador we can provide you with information so that you can go on wine tourism routes in the area.

One of the most luxurious and beautiful hotels in the Paradores chain is located in Santiago de Compostela. In this city, the destination of millions of pilgrims, rays of sunlight illuminate the building façades in summer and the rain creates a magical ambiance that overtakes the cobbled streets in winter. The Parador de Santiago, known as the Hostal dos Reis Católicos, is a blend of history, art and tradition, the dream of pilgrims and emblem of Santiago. It is located on Obradoiro Square near the cathedral, creating an area of spectacular beauty in one of the most visited provincial capitals in the world. A stay at this Parador means a visit to a truly unique and exclusive location.

The hotel was built as a royal hospital in 1499 to accommodate pilgrims traveling to Santiago. Today, it continues to invite visitors to enjoy a city that is as universal as it is fascinating. Inside this Parador Museum, considered the oldest hotel in the world, you will discover four beautiful cloisters, elegant rooms, spectacular guest rooms and a luxurious dining room that offers fish and meat prepared in the Galician style, along with classic apple filloas (a type of crêpe) and crème brûlée.

Santiago is a magical city of almost indescribable beauty, where you will not only look, but you will also feel. In addition to the cathedral and the spectacular Obradoiro and Quintana squares, other sights include Santa María A Real do Sar Collegiate Church. Together with the cathedral, this is the church that has preserved the largest part of its original Romanesque stonework and it has an interior with lovely proportions. There is also the Renaissance Colegio de Fonseca (Fonseca School) and the magnificent San Martiño Pinario Monastery. These are just some of the places well worth visiting in the city's fine historic district.

The charm and the hustle and bustle of Abastos Market in the morning; the beautifully maintained Alameda Park, which boasts spectacular views of the old quarter; the church, convent and park of San Domingos de Bonaval, home to the Pantheon of Illustrious Galicians; and the green spaces around the capital, extending all the way to the sea, just half an hour away, will guide you through this city brimming with history and beauty. It marks the end of the Camino (Way of St. James) and the start of a one-of-a-kind experience we invite you to enjoy in exceptional accommodations, the Parador de Santiago.

Live the History

The Royal Hospital of Santiago was a project of Fernando and Isabel in order to alleviate the thousands of pilgrims who arrived at Compostela. Centuries later, the pilgrims have been replaced by travellers as, since 1954, it has been a magnifi cent hotel which, year after year, renews its long commitment to hospitality.

The fi rst building was the work of the Royal Architect,  Enrique Egas who, brought the Renaissance to Galicia with its design. Although its basic structure was fi nished about 1509 and it began to function, the decorative part was not fi nished until 1527. In this second stage, the French Masters, Martin de Blas and Guillén Colás were responsible for the main doorway which was resolved as a magnifi cent
Plateresque façade-tableau with a candelieri decoration, small sculptures under inset and grotto like canopies. The decoration of the hospital chapel was also concluded, but its transept tends towards the Gothic with its starred vault. This fi rst hospital of the XVI century was rather smaller than the current structure as it was composed of a church, only two cloisters and two di erentiated areas for men and women. 


The extension arrived in the XVIII century. A partial demolition and a greater need for space led to the construction of the two rear patios in stone and the Baroque stairway of Ferro Caaveiro, which connected the left patio to the fi rst floor. In this epoch, Fray Tomás Alonso reformed the Renaissance
façade adding two large balconies supported by brackets, together with three new windows. In this way, the Royal Hospital was confi gured with its present day Greek cross design with four interior patios which receive the names of the Four Evangelists. The patio of San Lucas is outstanding due to its original octagonal design. In July 1954, coinciding with the Year of Compostela, it was inaugurated as a hotel of the State.

The Royal Hospital of Santiago was a project of Fernando and Isabel in order to alleviate the thousands of pilgrims who arrived at Compostela. Centuries later, the pilgrims have been replaced by travellers as, since 1954, it has been a magnifi cent hotel which, year after year, renews its long commitment to hospitality.

“Both the rich and poor pilgrims must be charitably received and venerated by all the people when they go to or come from Santiago. Whoever welcomes them and accommodates them diligently will not only have Santiago as a guest, but will also have Our Lord … “
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The pilgrimage of the Monarchs

After the pilgrimage of Fernando and Isabel in 1488 and, as they themselves witnessed, the pilgrim hospital was old and insufcient, they ordered the building of a new one “capable of providing due and decorous service to all the devotees, ill persons and healthy persons who might arrive in the city...” Once Granada was taken, Fernando and Isabel stipulated that a part of the “revenue of war” be assigned to paying for the construction of the new hospital.
 

 

The Parador de Sigüenza is an imposing medieval castle situated in an Arab fortress built atop a Roman settlement. These are the perfect accommodations, inviting you to enjoy an ancient city, where the stones speak of history, tradition and legend. The hotel's traditional Castilian furnishings are displayed with fine taste in the spacious, welcoming guest rooms. Some feature canopy beds that will make you feel as if you are lodging in a real palace. Within the thick stone walls there is a cobbled courtyard, a stately dining room and function rooms which are ideal for meetings and celebrations.

In Sigüenza you will enjoy a real journey back in time as you visit the cathedral, with its famous sepulcro del Doncel (tomb of the youth), chapels and cemetery.  You can stroll through historic neighborhoods, medieval Travesaña and the baroque neighborhood of San Roque. There are a number of typical small Castilian villages located throughout this large municipality, where traditional customs interact with rural architecture and nature, and where ancient taverns coexist with sophisticated restaurants.

You can also enjoy the city's natural surroundings. The Río Dulce Nature Reserve, the Pinar de Sigüenza (Pine Wood of Sigüenza), large Mediterranean forests, holm oak and oak woods, valleys carpeted in green, home to the griffon vulture, peregrine falcon and eagle owl, all offer up a one-of-a-kind splendor any time of year. Surely you won’t miss a chance to visit?

 

If you accept our invitation to take a stroll through history, you will enter the city walls through the Arco de la Estrella (Star Arch) and come to the Parador de Cáceres, a Renaissance palace in the heart of the city's old quarter, which has been declared a World Heritage Site. You will fall in love with the Parador's elegance and exquisite refurbishment, enjoy pleasant chats in its function rooms and meals in the cozy garden.

The restaurant, outdoors areas, café and guest lounge are all pleasant places to meet and talk. The renovated Parador combines tradition and modernity. It is fully equipped with the latest technology and incorporates environmentally friendly features such as high-performance boilers, LED light bulbs, and heating and cooling control systems.

Follow any route through the cobbled streets of Cáceres and along your way you will pass house-fortresses, churches, the ruins of Old Cáceres or its Arab walls. And it is only a matter of time before you come upon Santa María Square, surrounded by Renaissance palaces, or discover treasures such as the museum's underground cistern and the Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe.

In Cáceres you can bear witness to the remaining traces of the Via Delapidata, a Roman road that once linked Seville and Astorga, also used by pilgrims heading for Santiago de Compostela. You may not be here to begin or continue on the pilgrimage route, but you may feel like traveling a little over an hour to visit Monfragüe National Park and its Biosphere Reserve. It is well worth it for the opportunity to see the Tagus and Tiétar rivers as they flow through the thickets and Mediterranean forest. If you are a bird watching fan, this is the ideal place to spot griffon vultures, peregrine falcons or eagle owls and let your imagination soar along with them.

 

 

 

 

More than two thousand years of history make up the cultural and historical heritage of Tortosa, a city which has been declared an area of artistic and historical importance. Located on the Ebro River, near the mouth where the delta begins, Tortosa enjoys a Mediterranean climate and charm. The Parador is situated in the spectacular Zuda Castle, overlooking the city from high above, offering a combination of monumental beauty and the attractions of the various natural areas that surround it. At this inviting hotel, you can enjoy the seasonal swimming pool, a cozy dining room with Gothic windows, comfortable guest rooms and magnificent views of the banks of the Ebro along the river's final stretches.

In Tortosa, you will discover a city with a special charm. Beautiful Santa María Cathedral, the Jewish quarter, the open-air sculpture museum of sculptor Santiago de Santiago, and Mirabel Castle are just some of the lovely sights it has to offer. A wonderful way to explore Tortosa is by following a walking or bicycle route around the walls and fortifications, beginning at the Parador and visiting the fortified complex known as the Avanzadas de San Juan, Inmaculada Square, the wall-walk and Célio Tower.

Its streets, artistic and cultural heritage, the scenery offered by the Ebro Plain, and the people, cuisine and festivals make this city unique. If you come to Tortosa during the second half of July, you will experience the Renaissance Festival, when thousands of locals dress in period costume and there are daily performances in the streets, transporting Tortosa five hundred years back in time.

 

 

 

In the heart of the Ribeira Sacra region, a uniquely beautiful natural area in inland Galicia that is home to the Miño and Sil rivers, concealed within a great cloak of green woods, stands Santo Estevo Monastery, which has been converted into a beautiful Parador. The monastery's origins are believed to date back to the 6th and 7th centuries. It is easy to distinguish elements of the baroque and romanesque styles and the building has three incredible cloisters: one Romanesque, one Gothic and the third Renaissance, where you can spend a peaceful evening in a subdued atmosphere with the soft sounds of religious music as an accompaniment. Its beauty and historical features led the building to be declared a historic-artistic site in 1923.

77 guest rooms, each of them different, offer views of the green landscape and the amazing Sil River Canyon. At the Parador, you will also enjoy the restaurant terrace beside the chestnut wood; a terrace café in the porter's office cloister; beautiful, spacious function rooms perfect for celebrations; and lovely gardens. Peace and tranquility await in this beautiful place, which also features an exclusive spa with incredible views ... all you have to do is come for a stay.

Starting from the Parador, you can follow a number of unforgettable, unique and beautiful routes in an area that is never overcrowded by tourism. On the Ruta de los Catamaranes (Route of the Catamarans), you will navigate the beautiful Sil River Canyon, which offers a spectacular explosion of color in spring and autumn; the Ruta de los Miradores (Route of the Scenic Overlooks) has lovely picture postcard views of the riverbanks; and the essential Ruta del Románico (Route of the Romanesque) will take you to churches and monasteries dating from the late 12th and 13th centuries, surrounded by magical forests of oaks and chestnuts.

With its lovely interior courtyard filled with lemon and orange trees, secluded swimming pool, function room with fireplace, and views of the mountains and monastery, the Parador de Guadalupe will let your imagination soar, carrying you back to distant times and immersing you in the magic of a medieval village. The hotel enjoys an incredible location on the site of the Royal Monastery of Guadalupe, which has been declared a World Heritage Site. The monastery complex is made up of four parts: church/basilica, auditorium building, Mudejar cloister and Gothic cloister. All are spectacularly beautiful. The garden, a fertile area with native plants, flowers and fountains; the beautiful corridors and cozy guest rooms will make your visit an idyllic experience.

Guadalupe is a delightful town in the Cáceres district known as Las Villuercas, a lovely village with cobbled streets and houses built in the traditional vernacular style. It is home to an extremely valuable area of artistic and historical importance dating from the 15th and 16th centuries. It has been preserved with its original structure intact, making you feel as if you are on a film set. Santa María Square, where the Parador is located, and the old Jewish quarter are well worth a leisurely visit. From here you can travel to mountain villages in the surrounding area, including Cañamero, Logrosán and Berzocana. Another of the region's attractions is the delicious Extremaduran cuisine.

The Parador de Chinchón is located in a former Augustinian monastery. It offers large windows, beautiful common areas and guest rooms decorated with exquisite taste, with the perfect combination of colors and careful attention to every detail. The lovely courtyard filled with loquat trees and well-kept gardens will allow you to enjoy this beautiful and peaceful location. We also offer delicious dishes such as Madrid-style chickpea stew, garlic soup and roast lamb. Chinchón is an especially charming village located south of Madrid. Highlights include the Plaza Mayor (Main Square), with more than 230 wooden balconies on the surrounding houses. We recommend viewing it at night: the illumination makes it a distinctive sight.

Ancestral homes, gorgeous courtyards and galleries supported by lovely columns make Chinchón a uniquely beautiful town. In the center you will find sights such as the Torre del Reloj (Clock Tower), Nuestra Señora de la Asunción Church, the convent of the Sisters of St. Clare and the baroque Casa de la Cadena building.

You can take a relaxing walk around one of the nearby small oases: Laguna de San Juan, Laguna de San Galindo or Laguna de Casasola. On the south side of the last of these pools stand the ruins of Casasola Castle, overlooking the landscape from a hill. It is well worth the climb to feel the gentle caress of the breeze and experience the silence.

Infante Don Juan Manuel Palace was the first fortress of Belmonte ordered to be built by Don
Juan Manuel in the year 1323 on a previous Visigoth building. It was the birthplace in 1419 of
Don Juan Pacheco, first Villena, Marquis who ordered the construction of the current
Belmonte Castle

The second Villena Marquis Don Diego Lopez Pacheco, turned it into a monastery for that
reason in 1499, he moved Santa Catalina de Sena nuns from Villa de la Alberca to Belmonte,
staying in the palace until 1960.

Among the walls of this building plenty of history is now our hotel, restaurant and spa,
with the most current facilities for your getaways

The history, tradition and culture of the place blend with the modernity, quality and comfort
of our hotel, a haven of tranquility where you will enjoy an unforgettable stay.
Discover the facilities of Infante Don Juan Manuel Palace Hotel and Spa and go back in time
from its facilities, completely rehabilitated while preserving the essence and inspiration of the
original architecture and history.

 

The Hotel has single, double, triple and family rooms (with capacity for up to five people).  The Hotel has spacious suites for special events such as weddings.  The rooms are large and have all the necessary amenities to enjoy a unique and relaxed
experience.

In addition, our walls have lots of history, in many rooms you can see remains of the original
building, rehabilitated forming the historic building mixed with modern elements, make a very
cozy and comfortable mix.

Also the views from the rooms are towards the Belmonte Castle on the one hand, and the
Collegiate on the other. A view with a history that is hard to forget.

We have 39 rooms equipped with private bathroom, shower, hairdryer, safe, heating and air
conditioning, as well as TV and WIFI. They are also equipped with piped music to complete the
comfort.

An extra addition that our accommodation has is the SPA. On it you can enjoy a thermal circuit,
as well as a sauna and Turkish bath. Without forgetting an extensive menu of aesthetic
treatments and massages to relax.

Also available for the summer season, an outdoor pool with solarium, where you can enjoy anice swim with the tranquility that the environment gives.

Accommodation in different types of regime.

Prices     70 – 225 €

The accommodation can be completed with different breakfast, lunch and dinner.
You can also choose a spa session, massages and different aesthetic treatments.

 

Double fortress located in the Sierra del Castell, on Xàtiva, due to the strategic location of the city, it has been the scene and testimony of numerous conflicts. Divided into Castell Menor and Castell Major, the first is said about Iberian and Roman remains.

The successive cultures that have populated these lands were amplified and fortified. He already had prominence in the campaigns of Hannibal, and in the period of Al-Andalus. It was later important, at the time of the Kingdom of Valencia, in the wars against Castile, in the German cities and in the succession, as well as in the presidency of the condemned.

From the castle down the walls that embraced the Xàtiva altomedieval. We are facing one of the jewels of the city, of imposing architecture, declared the Good of Cultural Interest.

Despite its Iberian and Roman roots, most of the preserved walls and towers are of Islamic or Gothic origin. Once in Xàtiva it is essential to take a tour of this fortress, as you can see some splendid views of the town and its surroundings.

 

The Parador de Benavente stands at one of the most important confluences of communications routes in Spain, a crossroads between the northern and southern parts of the peninsula, and where various pilgrimage routes to Santiago pause to take a breather. The hotel is located on the site of an old castle, of which Caracol Tower has been preserved. You will be fascinated by the beauty of the tower's exterior and the spectacular Mudejar coffered ceiling inside. In the other rooms, tapestries, wrought iron lamps, woodwork and Castilian brick will make you feel almost as if you were on a film set. Our function rooms are fully equipped to handle your social events, and the lovely gardens that surround the Parador are ideal for a stroll.

Situated at one of the most important confluences of communications routes in Spain; its enviable location in the northwestern part of the peninsula has made it an important crossroads throughout history. It lies on various pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela: the Vía de la Plata (Silver Route), Camino de Oriente (Eastern Asturias Route), Valladolid Route, Tera Valley Route and Asturias Route.

The venue for the legislative assembly in 1176, the Parador de Turismo de Benavente is located on the site of the former castle/palace of the counts of Benavente. Construction of the building began in the 12th century and it was subsequently expanded by successive occupants in the 13th, 14th and 15thcenturies. 

The hotel is connected to the Renaissance-style Caracol Tower, the only part of the former structure to be preserved. It is also next to La Mota Gardens, Benavente's most important green space, with excellent views of the Tera and Órbigo river valleys.

The tower features a magnificent Mudejar coffered ceiling and a period bar.

 

The Parador, once the residence of the counts of Maceda, is located in the old quarter of the magnificent city of Pontevedra. You will be welcomed by a stately carved stone staircase leading to comfortable guest rooms. The building is decorated with antiques and very valuable classic furniture. It combines regal, noble and stately styles with charming rural elements. The surrounding area invites you to visit coves and beaches, and to enjoy fine seafood and excellent wine.

You won't want to leave without taking a walk through the well-preserved old quarter of Pontevedra, most of which has been pedestrianized. Visit Santa María la Mayor Basilica, a jewel of Gothic architecture, and La Virgen Peregrina Church, a chapel with a scallop-shaped floor plan and beautiful night lighting. Other highlights include Pontevedra Museum, whose collection is held in five different locations: Santo Domingo Monastery, Sarmiento Palace, and the Castro Monteagudo, García Flórez and Fernández López buildings.

A few kilometers from the city, the Rías Baixas region opens onto the Atlantic. You can enjoy fantastic sunsets in spots such as A Toxa Island, urban beaches like Silgar Beach in Sanxenxo, or vast areas of golden sand like A Lanzada Beach.

 

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Typical festivities

  • Feria Franca

    Event:   Medieval festival

    Date:   First weekend in September

  • La Peregrina Festival

    Event:  Festival of the Virgin Peregrina, patron saint of Pontevedra province

    Date:   First two weekends in August

    Place:  Pontevedra

  • Rapa das Bestas (Capture of the Beasts)

    Event: Wild horse mane-cutting festival

    Date:  First Sunday in June

    Place: Sabucedo, 20 km

 

The Parador de Argómaniz is an elegant Renaissance palaces in a small town just a few kilometers from Vitoria, offering views of the Álava plain, Sierra de Gorbea mountains and Ullibarri Gamboa Reservoir. This pleasant, peaceful, relaxing spot is an excellent choice to get away from the noise of the city, or as a place to stay while you visit beautiful Vitoria and enjoy the wine and cuisine of the Rioja Alavesa region. You will find it easy to relax in the reading areas or on the terrace and enjoy fine dining in the restaurant, beneath spectacular wooden ceilings. The trails in the surrounding area invite you to take an easy walk, and the reservoir offers up its banks as the perfect spot to sit and listen to the sounds of nature as you gaze upon the small waves that form in the water. Here you will enjoy the peace and tranquility that only the countryside can offer.

The Parador de Argómaniz is the best choice for a relaxing stay in the Vitoria area, or a visit to the city, just 15 minutes away by car. Vitoria is both modern and historic at the same time. It has a lovely old quarter, which has been declared a Historic Site and has preserved its medieval plan. The charming district takes the shape of an almond. You will love wandering along streets such as Herrería, Zapatería or Pintorería, whose names recall the craft guilds of long ago. A walk along the green belt that surrounds the city offers a view of what remains of the city walls and the characteristic silhouette formed by the four towers of the churches of San Miguel, San Pedro and San Vicente and Santa María Cathedral.

And if you have not done so yet, here you will succumb to the temptations of the wines of the Rioja Alavesa region: their texture, bouquet and exquisite flavor. You can accompany them with carefully crafted pintxos (snacks) in the city's bars and terrace cafés, or at our Parador, where we welcome you with the best cuisine, and as is our custom, excellent service.

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The Parador de Monterrei is located atop what many historians consider the largest acropolis in Galicia. Defensive site, pilgrim hospital...over the centuries, this location has been put to a number of different uses. And now you can stay here and experience the essence of Paradores for yourself.

The guest rooms of this enchanting hotel offer the best view in the area. The Parador's architectural layout makes it possible for guests to stay in the former Palacio de los Condes (Palace of the Counts - 7 rooms) or the Casa Rectoral (Parsonage - 5 guest rooms), both situated within the walled site. The Parador is located in Monterreal fortress, 2 km from Verín on the Madrid–Benavente–Vigo road, National Highway 525.This historic hotel is a travel destination in itself. The site houses the Castle, Palace of the Counts and Parsonage, accommodation areas, 13th-century Santa María de Gracia Church and the Watchtower, of which part of the walls have been preserved.

 

Know the environment

Verín is a lovely town in the southeast of the province of Ourense, on the banks of the Támega River. In addition to the medieval fortress of Monterrei (opposite the Parador), other areas of interest include La Merced Square, the spring at Cabreiroá, San Lázaro Chapel, Viriato Square, the avenue along the Támega River, La Alameda Gardens, El Rey Square and the Main Square.

The town was originally a Roman villa. During the medieval period, the villa lost its dominance and Monterrey became the focal point of the territory, with life in the district revolving around its counts and lords. It was a peaceful farming town in the Middle Ages, although often caught up in the military conflicts of the successive rulers of Monterrey, as well as border disputes between Spain and Portugal. 

Who has not heard of the Roman theater at Mérida, or its Roman circus? Who has not been told that a visit to this beautiful city, known by some as the Spanish Rome, should not be missed? In Mérida, a magnificent Parador awaits you. Located in the heart of the city, it offers the opportunity to discover a wealth of heritage without having to worry about driving. The hotel is a former 18th-century convent built atop the remains of a temple dedicated to the Augustan Concord. It is the perfect combination of tradition, comfort and good service, from which you can explore Roman, Visigoth and Arab Mérida, as well as the modern, contemporary city.

Over the course of its busy history, the building that now houses the Parador de Mérida has had different uses, including as a hospital, insane asylum and even a jail. Today it still houses historical remains dating back 2000 years. The interior cloister and Jardín de Antigüedades (Garden of Antiquities), a collection of Mudejar, Roman and Visigothic archaeological pieces, are both truly fascinating locations. The Parador stands on a peaceful square painted with orange trees. It is five minutes from the Roman theater, the jewel of Mérida's monuments, with an incredible stage that still hosts performances.

The amphitheater, where gladiatorial games, wild beast hunts and battles between wild animals were held on the large wooden platforms that formed the arena; Roman circus, one of the grandest and best preserved in the Empire; Los Milagros Aqueduct; Roman bridge; and Temple of Diana are other must-sees.

This city overflowing with vestiges of the past inspires calm and peace, revealing secrets like the beautiful sunsets over the waters of the Guadiana River. Here everything can be perfect.

In the southern Rías Baixas region, protected from the open sea by a lovely bay, stands Monterreal Peninsula, where the Parador de Baiona awaits. The fortress offers up its walls for a stroll, or to relax and enjoy a beverage by the sea, and magical sunsets where the Cíes Islands in the distance beckon, inviting you to visit their cliffs, beaches and dunes, exploring their underwater depths and virgin trails.

Elegance is a key feature of every room of the Parador. The stately function rooms, spacious guest rooms with sea views and spectacular stone staircase that welcomes you at the entrance are just a few examples of the majesty of this medieval fortress. The Parador de Baiona offers perfect function rooms for your celebrations, with space for up to 400 people. An intimate ambiance, exquisite décor, well-kept gardens and an idyllic landscape make this a truly unique spot. 

If you enjoy hiking or love water sports, this is your Parador. The Baiona Royal Yacht Club is located inside the walled area of the town, offering the opportunity for sailing or nautical tourism. You won't want to leave Baiona without walking the Monte do Boi path and the Serra da Groba mountains, without seeing the sunset from Cape Silleiro or without visiting the Virgen da Roca viewpoint.

In Baiona you will find peace and quiet, as well as an urban environment. This is the ideal destination if you are looking for a lively atmosphere on summer nights; you can enjoy a drink at terrace cafés by the sea and many popular nightspots. The regional cuisine will be a pleasure for your senses. Try the fish and seafood, they are magnificent.

Baiona is also known as Villa de la Arribada (Port of Entry), as it was the first town in Europe to learn of the discovery of America. To the south, the Rías Baixas region offers you spectacular locations, including Oia Monastery, built atop the rocks by the sea, forever gazing out at the horizon and splashed by salt water.

The fishing village of A Guarda is only a few kilometers away. It is crowned by the Celtic fortified settlement of Santa Tecla, from which you can get a view of the spectacular mouth of the Miño River, where Galicia and Portugal meet. And if you have got this far, you might even feel like heading south to Portugal's Costa Verde region, where the beaches are endless and pine woods embrace the sea.

 

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Protected from the open sea by the wall of this former fortress, from our outdoor pool you may contemplate the sun as it sets over the Cíes Islands or find peace and quiet away from the everyday hustle and bustle in our Sauna and Jacuzzi. A return to a luxurious lifestyle from the frenetic pace of modern life.

The Castle of Lorca, declared BIC (Heritage of Cultural Interest), was a defensive bastion during centuries (in the Middle Ages), on the frontier between the Christian kingdom of Murcia and the Nazarí kingdom of Granada. After some years of work for its consolidation and rehabilitation, it opened its doors in 2003 and can be visited every day of the year, finding different proposals, exhibitions, workshops for children, guided tours, extraordinary season activities, in short, a space to learn the History and Culture of Lorca.

The Castle is a symbol for all the inhabitants of Lorca. From its privileged location, in the Guadalentín valley, it has been inhabited since the Bronze Age, which has made it an exceptional archaeological site to know the past, from Prehistory to the present.

The current appearance of the Castle of Lorca is the result of the continuous changes that the different cultures have been carrying out in its 52,000 m² of extension. Thanks to archaeology we know the Argaric burials of 3.500 years and the Roman vestiges that hide its subsoil. Nevertheless, the definitive configuration of the Castle took place in the Middle Ages, a period during which most of the preserved remains correspond. Synagogue and a Jewish quarter from the 15th century are the most recent discovery that can be visited every day of the year.

Depending on the season you can do different activities that complement the cultural visit like music, gastronomy... There are also offers for different types of visitors: families with children, schoolchildren, groups and general public. Pets are welcome. The Castle is an area to learn and have fun at the same time.

The town of Plasencia is located on the banks of the Jerte River, in the Extremadura province of Cáceres. Its Parador is in the old quarter, a strategic location along the ancient commercial and pilgrimage route known as the Ruta de la Plata. The hotel occupies Santo Domingo Monastery, built in the 15th century. Thick stone walls, vaulted ceilings and beautiful décor await you in the Gothic style interior. The hotel is the ideal spot from which to explore the city and the surrounding natural landscapes.

In the city you will discover the remains of medieval walls, fortified towers and gates, including Puerta del Sol (Sun Gate) and the smaller Postigo de Santa María (Santa María Gate). As you walk through the town center, you will come to the Plaza Mayor (Main Square), a must-see during the Martes Mayor (Great Tuesday) celebrations, which have been named a national tourist attraction. The town also boasts one of the most representative groups of historic buildings in the area, made up of the Romanesque Old Cathedral and the New Cathedral, which has Gothic and Renaissance elements.

Plasencia is an excellent starting point for exploring the Las Hurdes district, Sierra de Gata mountains, La Vera district and Jerte River Valley, with its spectacular spring, when flowering cherry trees color the valley bright white. Not to mention Monfragüe National Park, a must-see. Here you will enjoy nature, waterfalls and meanders, lovely historic towns and local delicacies such as partridge stew, lamb, Extremadura-style fried breadcrumbs, the famous Ibérico ham and exquisite torta del Casar cheese. An unforgettable experience for your senses.

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