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 opening dates for the outdoor swimming pools are from the 15 June until the 15 September.
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
Community of Madrid
The Autonomous Community of Madrid is bordered by the regions of Castilla y Leon to the north and west and Castilla La Mancha to the east and south and is home to the capital of Spain, Madrid. In addition to Madrid the area includes the cities of Chinchon, Alcala de Henares, Aranjuez and the Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial.
Madrid and is region lie in the centre of the Iberian Peninsula 646 metres above sea level, making the city the second highest capital in Europe. Its central location and high elevation means that Madrid and its surroundings enjoy seasonal weather with chilly winters and dry (and very hot) summers.
When visiting Madrid you will see a wonderful variety in architectural styles, a blend of modern design contrasting with the streets steeped in history that house the cultural and artistic heritage of the nation’s capital. The city’s historic centre, with its plethora of monuments, fountains, historic buildings and statues, not to mention the famous 17th century Plaza Mayor with its array of cafes, restaurants and bars.
Alcala de Henares is a town to the north east of Madrid renowned as the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote. Alcala de Henares is one of Spain’s UNESCO World Heritage Cities largely due to its famous connections as well as the number of churches, convents and historic university buildings which all serve as a reminder of what life may have looked like in the ‘Golden Age’ (between 1680 – 1680). There is a lovely Parador in the town which occupies the former St Thomas convent close to a bustling square.
As one approaches Chinchón, 45km to the south east of Madrid, you cannot fail to spot the cluster of historic houses on the hill top marking your entrance to the historic town. The town’s medieval Plaza Mayor with its wooden balconies takes pride of place in a town full of churches, mansions, ancestral homes complete with coats of arms and the remains of a 15th century castle. One of Chinchón’s most famous exports is its aniseed liqueur, simply known as Anís or Chinchón, no visit to the town is complete without tasting this local speciality.
To the south of Madrid, one will come across the town of Aranjuez, a historical and royal site and home to the summer palace to the Spanish Royals. The Royal Palace sits on the banks of the Tagus River and boasts magnificent gardens of a mixture of styles taking inspiration from English rose gardens to Versailles-like preened patios which are very popular with locals in summer months. The area’s fertile plains are perfect for agriculture and Aranjuez famous product include artichokes, asparagus and strawberries, the area is also famous for its long hunting tradition and pheasant, partridge and quail are frequently eaten in the area.
Being the capital of Spain, in Madrid you will find no end of traditional Spanish cuisine from all corners of the country. Tapas are popular in the city offering a light and sociable way to dine with friends and family after work and you can enjoy a tapas tour through historic Madrid, taking in typical dishes made with fish, seafood, vegetables and pork. One of the city’s most unique contributions to Spanish gastronomy is the calamari sandwich, made from calamari a la romana (fried and battered) in a baguette with mayonnaise or a condiment of your choosing, and there is a heavy concentration of the calamari sandwich bars around the Plaza Mayor in Madrid. Fusion food has been a trend in Madrid and its surroundings over the past decade with many haute-cuisine restaurants offering menus that combine traditional eastern flavourings (usually Japanese) with Spanish and western dishes. Over the past few years Madrid has seen a growth in the number of Michelin-starred restaurants around the city offering wonderfully innovative menus, but you will also find your fair share of delicious cheaper options following the typical Spanish approach of simple, fresh and flavoursome dishes.
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.