Parador de Chinchón
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- Twin rooms (36)
- Room with living room (2)
- Capacity (76)
- Conference room
- Central heating
- Air conditioned bedrooms
- Canal plus
- Deposit box
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Swimming pool
- Golf (35km)
- Airport (55km)
- Station (50km)
Parador de Chinchón - 17th century Augustinian convent (4*)
An air of total tranquillity pervades every corner of this former convent with its charming cloister and gardens. Situated in the old quarter of the city and approximately 50 km south east of Madrid, the Parador de Chinchón is no distance from the magnificent Plaza Mayor which on summer Saturdays became the venue for bullfights, viewed by spectators from the surrounding balconies. Visitors to this atmospheric and beautifully restored historic building will be thankful that monasticism in the 17th century was not such an austere affair – in those days the monks and nuns enjoyed comfortable living and good eating, and these are qualities that may still be enjoyed by guests. Chinchon’s Parador boasts richly adorned public rooms, wonderfully peaceful and ornate gardens and a swimming pool which is open during peak summer dates.
Recognisable from afar by its charming Castilian houses clustered together on hilltops, Chinchón is known for nobles’ mansions adorned with their coats of arms and its ancestral homes with enchanting courtyards. Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles of architecture feature throughout the city, although its castle, which you can still see, is now in ruins.
The city’s most symbolic attribute - the Plaza Mayor, a beautiful Medieval square - resides in the heart of Chinchón. Characterised by its irregular shape and formed by a number of traditional houses with colourful running balconies, on an ordinary day one can join the locals and enjoy the typical café terraces dotted around the square. Not to be missed is the transformation of the Plaza Mayor when the city showcases its major fiestas (particularly those of Nuestra Senora de Gracia y San Roque in mid August) and events throughout the year. This Plaza has witnessed the crowning of a king, executions of the Inquisition, Royal Galas, and has strong traditions in bullfighting and running of the bulls, but for most of the year you can simply appreciate the attractiveness of its architecture in relative peace and quiet.
For those who enjoy trying something local, you can do no better than to enjoy a glass of ''Anis'', a famous aniseed-flavoured liqueur from Chinchón, on the patio of the Parador.
The first recorded residents of Chinchón date back as far as the Neolithic period. Throughout the city a combination of different eras are relayed, from the Roman presence reflected in the discovery of various tombstones and the carefully thought road system to traces of Arab influence in the city’s irrigation system.
Two important milestones for Chinchón that have taken place in more recent years have been the award of official city status in 1916 by King Alfonso XIII and in 1974 its declaration as an Artistic-Historic Site of preservation, which reflects the significance of the main square, the clock tower, the Lope de Vega theatre, Clarisas convent, Los Condes castle and Nuestra Señora de la Asunción church.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Breakfast is served from 7.30 to 11.00 and dinner from 20.30 to 23.00.
It may be possible to arrive up to 22.30 and still enjoy a meal.
The parador has two different dining rooms: "El Convento" and "El Bodegon" with dishes as: Oven roasted suckling lamb and pig and lamb, and "Cocido completo de taba" (chickpea, vegetable and meat stew accompanied by broth with thin pasta moodles) and as dessert "El Misterio de las Agustinas" (Custard with cream, hazelnut praline and a bitter orange sauce).
The Parador’s outdoor swimming pool is due to open from mid-June2016 until mid-September 2016.
Please note the opening and closing dates will depend on the weather and availability of lifeguards.
How to get there
Chinchón is 60 km from Madrid along the N-IV, at the junction with the main 404 road, through Ciempozuelos. Another option is the A-3 dual carriageway, near the Puente de Arganda, linking up with the M-311 road.
Alcala de Henares - 50km
Toledo - 69km
Cuenca - 130km
Segovia - 133km
Madrid Airport - 60km
Region & Cuisine
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.