Parador de Cervera de Pisuerga
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- Single rooms (8)
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- Double rooms (8)
- Capacity (168)
- Conference room
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- Airport (132km)
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Parador de Cervera de Pisuerga - Tradition-style Mountain Lodge Hotel (3*)
This Parador lies a mere 3km outside the small town of Cervera de Pisuerga, and boasts magnificent views down to the waters of the Ruesga reservoir. A traditionally built property, it is situated in the Fuentes Carrionas Nature Reserve in the foothills of the Picos de Europa, between Santander and Léon. It is a perfect stop for those touring across the north of Spain.
Built in a mountain lodge-style complementing its rural setting, the Parador de Cervera de Pisuerga strives to capture this mountain refuge style throughout the property. The resulting interiors of mahogany wood panelling, stone fireplaces, and hunting trophies mounted on the walls, create a cosy atmosphere reminiscent of a hunting lodge. Guests can relax on the large terrace against a breathtaking mountainside and lake backdrop.
This Parador’s main attraction its incredible natural setting and the property has been designed with this in mind to ensure that its design offers the best vantage points across the valley. Many of the rooms have balconies, allowing you to enjoy the tranquil rural setting from the comfort of your own room and nearly all of the Parador’s bedrooms benefit from these incredible countryside views. North-east facing rooms have a spectacular view over the mountains, whereas the south-west facing bedrooms enjoy views over the valley and the beautiful Ruesga reservoir. The rooms are decorated in a rustic style with wooden flooring, exposed beams, and classic furniture.
The Parador de Cervera de Pisuerga’s restaurant is decorated in a classical style, and shares the marvellous views over the reservoir. Guests can enjoy delicious country cooking, such as Sopa de ajo Burgalesa (garlic soup), regional sausages, Trucha con torreznos (trout served with bacon) and Leche frita (literally ‘fried milk’, but don’t be put off – it’s a delicious dessert with custard, cinnamon and caramel).
A large car park is situated at the entrance to the Parador and garage parking is also available.
- We recommend booking a superior room for lovely views.
Cervera is renowned for its beautiful natural beauty with an abundance of trees, glacial lakes, springs, caves, mountains, and sheltered valleys. The mountains are some of the highest in region, with altitudes of 2500m. It was once a popular site for hunting and leisure amongst Spanish royalty and nobility and today the ideal rural location makes this a popular location for nature lovers who can relax amidst the picturesque surroundings.
Caving is an option for adventurous types, and water sports are available on the reservoir. Fossil hunting is also a fascinating activity on offer here as the area is well known for having some of Spain’s most well preserved Palaeolithic remnants, and there are numerous trails and country walks through the mountainous areas perfect for hiking and enjoying the scenery. The Parador’s reception is always happy to suggest a range of sports and outdoor activities such as horseback riding, fishing, bowls, pétanque, and country trails, as well as routes which explore the surrounding mountains and countryside.
During the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries the area saw a great surge in art, religion and politics. The result of which is a large collection of Romanesque architecture, and the area is home to some of the greatest examples of Romanesque churches in Spain, and even Europe as a whole. The region has been continually revered for its beautiful architecture, and a great example of this is the celebrated Santa Maria del Castillo Church, a Gothic 16th century church situated in the town of Cervera de Pisuerga. The church is classified as a National Monument and its most renowned feature, the funerary chapel of Santa Ana, houses a spectacular Hispano-Flemish altarpiece, with panelling by artist Juan de Flandes.
The town itself is situated 1000m above sea-level and has a fascinating history. Cervera de Pisuerga was the manor of the Counts of Siruela and located on the Roman roads leading to the Cantabrian sea. Even now the remnants of coats of arms and the 16th and 17th century stone columns that surround the main square serve as reminders of this important era.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Breakfast is served from 8.00 to 10.30 and dinner from 20.30 to 23:00.
It may be possible to arrive up to 22.00 and still enjoy a meal.
The restaurant – which shares the beautiful views of the Ruesga reservoir – offers delicious country cooking, for example, Sopa de ajo Burgalesa (garlic soup), regional sausages, Trucha con torreznos (trout served with bacon) and Leche frita (literally ‘fried milk’, but don’t be put off – it’s a delicious dessert with custard, cinnamon and caramel). The Parador is an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding lakes, as well as, a little further afield, the magnificent mountains of the Picos de Europa.
- Mrs S. of Sherborne
We did call in to see the Parador de Cervera de Pisuerga, in the hills with good views. Easy parking, little wheelchair lift to first floor rooms. Lift to other floors. Terrace, bar and dining room all accessible. Large terrace. Of course this is an area for bicycling, mountaineering and hiking so not suitable, from that point of view, for the physically challenged but would be lovely just for a rest, particularly in the Spring with all the wild flowers. There are specially adapted Taxis for wheelchairs in the towns but if they are light weight and fold up easily then ordinary taxis are fine. A few disabled parking places in the towns and cities but they always seemed to be occupied and often not by disabled people! Taxis are good and comparatively inexpensive.
How to get there
The Parador de Cervera de Pisuerga is located 2 km from the town centre of Cervera de Pisuerga on the foothills on the Picos de Europa, to the north of Palencia, next to the Ruesga reservoir. The main N-625 and N-611 roads to the east and west and the local 627 and 626 roads lead you to the Parador. Cervera is located 116 km from Palencia, the capital of the province.
Fuente De - 80km
Santillana - 112km
Santillana Gil Blas - 112km
Leon - 133km
Bilbao Airport - 250km
Region & Cuisine
CASTILLA y LEON
In 1983 the existing regions of Castilla la Vieja (Old Castile) and León were united to form Castilla y León. Occupying one-fifth of the country’s territory, Castilla y León is the largest of Spain’s Autonomous Communities and comprises much of the central and northern areas of the country.
Given its size – over 94,000 square kilometres – there is naturally an enormous variety of landscape within this region with mountains of varying grandeur to the north, west and south, and woodlands and fertile river plains dominating the central area. The river Duero, Spain’s largest river and the country’s principal source of electrical power, more or less bisects the region from east to west before flowing into Portugal – where its name changes to the Douro – and reaching the Atlantic in the city of Porto. The climate of Castilla y León is ‘continental’, typically with long, hard winters contrasting with moderately warm summers.
Along with the variety of terrain, the region also maintains a tremendous variety of plant and animal life. A hardy species of oak, the holm oak which can withstand both heat and cold, is found everywhere throughout this region. Chestnuts abound in the fertile areas of the Duero and its tributaries, while forests of Scots pine predominate in the Sierra de Gredos in the south. The wildest parts of the region are home to protected endangered species like wolf and brown bear; deer and wild boar are found in the mountains in the north, and mountain goat in the Sierra de Gredos, while also to be seen in this region are the imperial eagle, the tawny vulture and the ubiquitous stork.
But if only one word could be used to describe Castilla y León it would have to be ‘monumental’. The region comprises nine provinces and the nine provincial capital cities are collectively a living museum of the history, heritage and culture not only of Castilla y Leon but, to a large extent, of Spain itself.
A brief note on some of these cities:
AVILA A medieval city, encircled by its hugely impressive and wonderfully preserved walls dating from the end of the 11th century, intimately linked to Saint Teresa and with a complex of palaces, churches, convents and monasteries.
BURGOS One of the key links in the cultural chain running the length of the Way of Saint James, Burgos was the capital of Castile during the Middle Ages. Its Gothic cathedral, the third largest in Spain, is the most important of the city’s many monuments.
LEON Another monumental city with two thousand years of history. The cathedral is considered one of the best examples of Spanish Gothic and the Cathedral Museum is one of the most comprehensive of its kind. The Parador here, a restored 16th century monastery, is itself one of the city’s most impressive monuments.
SALAMANCA A venerable city, declared by UNESCO as part of the Heritage of Mankind in recognition of its artistic legacy. Salamanca’s university, founded in 1254, is one of the oldest in the world and is no doubt responsible for Salamanca’s reputation as one of Spain’s liveliest cities. Life here revolves around the magnificent ‘Plaza Mayor’ built between 1729 and 1755 and generally recognised as the finest main square in the country.
SEGOVIA A city symbolic of the old kingdom of Castile, among Segovia’s innumerable treasures is the Castle in Spain ‘par excellence’ – the Alcazar, a medieval fortress reconstructed in 1862 after a devastating fire. The emblematic symbol of Segovia is the fantastic 2,000-year old Roman Aqueduct: 728 metres in length with 163 arches and constructed in granite blocks cut so perfectly that no mortar was needed, this is one of the best preserved monuments of Imperial Rome.
VALLADOLID The capital city of Castilla y León, Valladolid preserves some of the finest examples of Renaissance art in this region – notably the College of Santa Cruz whose library contains around 13,000 volumes printed between the 16th and 19th centuries. A university city, Valladolid enjoys the reputation as the Spanish city where the most correct Castilian (Castellano) is spoken. And for those into castles in Spain, the surrounding countryside is full of them!
The culinary tradition of Castilla y León has something for everyone, with pride of place going to roast meats prepared in traditional wood-fired brick ovens – most famously ‘cochinillo’ (suckling pig) and tender lamb. Also for non-vegetarians, Avila is known for its excellent beef and veal, Burgos for its ‘morcilla’ (blood sausage) and much of the region for its many varieties of chorizo. There is no shortage of game throughout this region either, with some less-obvious examples being quail, partridge and pigeon which provide local speciality dishes in the provinces of Valladolid, Segovia and Zamora respectively.
Pulses also figure prominently in the region’s ‘country’ cuisine in soups and stews, particularly chick-peas in Zamora, lentils in Leon and succulent ‘El Barco’ large broad beans in Avila. A wide range of artisan confectionery is very much a feature of Casytilla y León, including the ‘rosquillas ciegas’ of Palencia, the sugared almonds of Salamanca and the delicious ‘yemas de Santa Teresa’, emblematic of Avila.
To go with all this, there’s no shortage of wine from this region. Rueda, Toro and El Bierzo all produce distinctive wines of high quality, but for the very best (and unfortunately the most expensive) it has the be the ‘denominación de origen’ of Ribera del Duero, some of whose wines are nothing short of superb.
No description of Castilla and León would be complete without a mention of two of the region’s smaller towns, not least because two of Spain’s finest Paradors - in our opinion – are located there. LERMA, some 20 miles south of Burgos, is a town with great artistic heritage and a noble air exemplified by the Ducal Palace, begun in 1605 and now the Parador. And in LA GRANJA DE SAN ILDEFONSO, just 7 miles outside Segovia, is the magnificent Royal Palace of La Granja, built between in 1720 and 1735 in the style of the Palace of Versailles and with delightful French-style gardens complete with statues and fountains – a very popular place to visit for the people of nearby Madrid. The impressive Parador here, opened by King Juan Carlos in June 2007, occupies the restored 18th century royal summer residence.
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.