Parador de Cáceres Information

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Facilities

  • Single rooms (1)
  • Twin rooms (18)
  • Double rooms (13)
  • Room with living room (1)
  • Capacity (65)
  • Conference room
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Telephone
  • Central heating
  • Air conditioning
  • TV
  • Canal plus
  • Satellite
  • Deposit box
  • Ambiance music
  • Minibar
  • Lift
  • Garage (charged)
  • Parking
  • Credit cards
  • Currency exchange
  • Garden
  • Golf (4km)
  • Airport (89km)
  • Station (3km)

 Parador de Cáceres - 14th century palace complex (4*)

The Parador

This gem of a Parador dates back in part to the 14th century and was built on even older Moorish foundations. It was created in 1989 by the amalgamation of the palaces of the Marquises of Torreorgaz (a superb Gothic construction with a neoclassic entrance) and Ovando Mogollón, Perero y Paredes House (likewise Gothic buildings that were later extended). Of particular note is the double-arched Gothic window and the oldest part of the Parador is the stone and granite tower. You cannot help but notice how the various palaces have been merged into one building today, with halls and corridors constantly leading to more rooms and rooms. You won’t get lost though, signage guides you to the facilities and rooms with ease.

Between 2009 and 2011, the Parador de Cáceres underwent extensive refurbishment and the new energy efficiency measures and systems that have been utilised have made it a hotel that will set the standard for tourism and gastronomy in the region with a strong focus on reducing the Parador’s environmental impact. The buildings that house Caceres’ Parador were built principally of granite, stone, clay and wood, and these materials are still very evident throughout. Carved wood ceilings and furniture, leaded glass windows, iron railings, and the signatures of prior inhabitants – in the form of the coats of arms displayed outside – all help to maintain an atmosphere of timelessness and which are carefully contrasted by the addition of modern comforts and facilities, giving it much architectural appeal. Modern style often features heavily in the bedrooms here, but this does not detract from the historical attraction of the building overall, and you will enjoy many of the decorations and nooks and crannies to be found in the main halls and passageways.

Cáceres’s Parador is right in the heart of the historical and artistic quarter of Cáceres, an ancient walled town so rich in old buildings that it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Such is the unspoilt nature of the old town, or Ciudad Monumental (also famous for its many storks’ nests), that many historical dramas have been filmed here.

The exterior of the Parador de Cáceres is in a simple stone-built Gothic style, concealing many stunning interior spaces, marked by arches and pillars and a great sense of wealth and luxury – apparent, for example, in the magnificent original mantelpiece in the living room.

The restaurant of the Parador de Cáceres looks out onto a delightful patio and the columns and original walls of the palaces with ceiling-high glass windows, giving it great atmosphere, and in hot weather it is possible to eat outside in the shady inner courtyard. On the menu in the restaurant are such dishes as young goat oven-roasted with rosemary, caldereta stews, Zorongollo extremeño (salad of roasted peppers and tomatoes) and Tarta de queso del Casar (cheesecake made with Casar cheese and raspberry sauce). Recipes of the region around Cáceres often include stews and hearty food, along with many styles and foodstuffs that were frequently traded from north and south, including gazpacho (a chilled tomato and vegetable soup) and migas (a dish centred around breadcrumbs cooked with meat and vegetables) and fresh fish.

There are a small number of parking spaces near the entrance to the Parador, and it has its own garage a short distance away. We recommend guests to approach the Parador first, and should spaces not be available there, to ask Parador staff to guide them to the nearby garage.

Local area

The origins of Cáceres and local civilisation stretch back to 20,000 BC, according to evidence of early humans of the Upper Paleolostic age in the Malatravieso cave, and although this region is particularly famous for its archeological sites, most of the sites that can be viewed today are from the Roman area and thereafter. Prior to the Roman era, the lands had passed through the hands of different tribes and cultures, and this territory was commonly referred to as Lusitania.

The Romans built the Silver Route, the Via de la Plata, between Astorga (near Leon) and Merida to the south, a major trade route that aided the transportation of gold, silver and copper from north to south, as mining took off at the beginning of the first century. The Moors later introduced innovative techniques in farming, notably cork production, fig and almond trees and very effective irrigation systems, which enhanced the productivity of these hot and fertile lands.

Almohads and Christians fought hard over the region and Cáceres’ importance as a staging post for transport and communication grew and grew. Alfonso IX of Leon conquered the town in 1299, bringing it under the jurisdiction of Castille, although it later came to form part of Extremadura.

Many of Spain’s famous discoverers of the New World came from Extremadura including Francisco Pizarro, the conqueror of Peru and the founder of Lima, as well as poets, architects and mystics.

Nowadays, travellers to the region are often attracted to the national park of Monfragüe, a significant haven for birds and wildlife – specifically black storks, lynxes and wild cats, golden eagles, freshwater turtle and otters – and this park, as well as the Cornalvo Natural Park, is particularly popular with international ornithologists. The valley of Jerte is famous for the flowering of its white cherry blossom in spring and often sees many Spanish descend onto its hillside to enjoy this tremendous display of colour – over a million trees in blossom - and the Infiernos Gorge is another major attraction. The principal locations of archeological interest are Cáceres and Merida, whilst the monastery of Guadalupe (with its revered ‘Black Madonna’), the cathedral of Plasencia and Moorish castle above Trujillo are popular places to visit. 

Click here for Lorna Robert's expert view on this Parador as she journeys through Extremadura.

Restaurant meal times & typical dishes

Breakfast is served from 8.00 to 10.30 and dinner from 20.15 to 22.30.

It may be possible to arrive up to 22.00 and still enjoy a meal.

The restaurant of the Parador de Cáceres looks out onto a delightful patio and the columns and original walls of the palaces with ceiling-high glass windows, giving it great atmosphere, and in hot weather it is possible to eat outside in the shady inner courtyard. On the menu in the restaurant are such dishes as young goat oven-roasted with rosemary, caldereta stews, Zorongollo extremeño (salad of roasted peppers and tomatoes) and Tarta de queso del Casar (cheesecake made with Casar cheese and raspberry sauce). Recipes of the region around Cáceres often include stews and hearty food, along with many styles and foodstuffs that were frequently traded from north and south, including gazpacho (a chilled tomato and vegetable soup) and migas (a dish centred around breadcrumbs cooked with meat and vegetables) and fresh fish.

How to get there

The historic old quarter of Cáceres adds to the virtues of the Parador, which has the only vehicle access in this lovely monumental setting. Located on Ancha Street, take Santa Clara as your point of reference. If you come by car, you will find bollards in the square which restrict access to the Parador. To continue, you must contact the local police using the intercom at the traffic light. Indicate that you have reservations at the Parador and the bollards will be lowered. If there is another vehicle in front of you which has also requested access, never follow directly behind it. Wait for the bollards to rise and use the intercom to request access for your vehicle.

Nearby Hotels

Trujillo - 48km
Merida - 68km
Zafra - 128km
Guadalupe - 130km
Madrid Airport - 310km

Region & Cuisine

EXTREMADURA


Consisting of just two provinces (Cáceres and Badajoz) of roughly equal size, the Autonomous Community of Extremadura is the fifth largest in Spain but probably one of the least known. It is also one of the least populated, with just 27 inhabitants per square kilometre compared with the national average of 75.

Geographically, Extremadura borders the regions of Castilla y León to the north, Castilla La Mancha to the east and Andalusia to the south, with Portugal forming the border to the west. Extremadura has no coastline but two major rivers cross the region from east to west: the River Guadiana, which runs south through Portugal to reach the coast on the easternmost Algarve, and the River Tajo (Tagus in English) which flows west to reach the Atlantic in Lisbon. The climate of Extremadura is similar to that of northern Andalusia – winters are relatively mild and summers can be, and often are, very hot.

Essentially a rural region, Extremadura has a variety of landscapes.  In many places mountainous and with an abundance of water, the region’s many nature reserves are a haven for an exceptional variety of wildlife. In particular, above Monfragüe Nature Park (one of the largest of these reserves, between Trujillo and Plasencia) the sky is dotted with tawny vultures, black storks, golden eagles, peregrine falcons and Egyptian vultures.  At ground level foxes, wildcats, badgers and especially lynx inhabit the region’s many forests.  And everywhere there are storks with their nests on houses, churches, belfries, rooftops, traffic lights, radio masts...

Known as the land of the Conquistadores, Extremadura provided a significant number of the noblemen, friars and adventurers who – following the return of Columbus from his voyages of discovery – embarked upon the colonisation of the Americas. Statues of many of these ‘worthies’, including Francisco Pizarro and Hernán Cortes, can be found throughout the region.

The principal cities of Extremadura are Badajoz, Cáceres, Plasencia and Mérida – all steeped in history with perhaps Badajoz, due no doubt to its proximity to the Portuguese border, developing more than the others into a modern commercial metropolis.  Cáceres, a university city, is well worth visiting, its historic quarter having been bestowed with the title of World Heritage City and considered the third monumental ensemble in Europe.  Plasencia, founded in the 12th century by king Alfonso VIII, boasts an important artistic heritage which has merited its declaration as an Ensemble of Historical and Cultural Interest.

Special mention, however, must be made of Mérida, the capital city of Extremadura. Mérida was also the capital of the Roman province of Lusitania, and an important centre during the spread of Christianity.  Founded in the year 25 BC the city retains many remarkably well preserved examples of Roman architecture including the Roman Theatre, the huge Amphitheatre, the Arch of Trajan (a triumphal arch dedicated to the Emperor Trajan) and the Roman Bridge, one of the largest of its kind with 60 arches and over 800 metres in length.  The monuments of Mérida were designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993.

The cuisine of Extremadura is typified by centuries old recipes, such as the varieties of lamb dishes adapted from the Moors, and by making use of the excellent agricultural produce available throughout the region in many versions of soups and stews.  Also particularly good are the cured meats from the areas using the name ‘Dehesa Extremeña’, and freshwater fish (trout, tench) from the rivers. The region produces several excellent cheeses from ewe’s milk and goat’s milk, a notable and delicious example being ‘Casar de Cáceres’. Both Islamic and monastic influences are discernable in the region’s wide range of desserts and other sweet treats.  Extremadura produces both red and white wines, and a sparkling ‘cava’, and for the more adventurous two liqueurs of note – one made from cherries and the other from acorns. Should anyone really want to know, the latter is produced in the hills of La Vera in the north-east of the region.

Please be aware of the following:

  • 'Special Offers' are subject to the availability of a number of rooms per night and/or a specific meal basis.
  • Age restrictions apply to the 'Golden Days' Offer (for those aged 55 and over) and the 'Young Persons' Offer (for those aged between 18 and 30). All reservations made using these tariffs are checked upon your arrival at the Parador(s) booked to ensure that at least one person in a room qualifies for the restricted tariff. In the case that you do not qualify for the restricted tariff, the Parador will apply the standard rate without exception and you will be required to pay a supplement locally. However only one person (per room) needs to qualify for either of these two reductions.