Parador de Guadalupe Information

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  • Twin rooms (26)
  • Double rooms (14)
  • Room with living room (1)
  • Capacity (82)
  • Conference room
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Telephone
  • Central heating
  • Air conditioning
  • TV
  • Canal plus
  • Satellite
  • Deposit box
  • Ambiance music
  • Minibar
  • Lift
  • Garage
  • Credit cards
  • Currency exchange
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Tennis court
  • Station (65km)

Parador de Guadalupe – 15th century hospice and 16th century palace buildings (4*)

The Parador

The lovely Parador de Guadalupe is built in the centre of the town on the site of the palace, a grammar school and the Hospice of St John the Baptist - a 15th-century building where pilgrims could stay when visiting the next-door Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe, for four centuries Spain’s most important monastery, and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

With its arches, courtyard, white-washed walls and pantiled roof, the Parador de Guadalupe, (also named after Zurbarán, the famous 17th-century painter who decorated the adjacent baroque sacristy) provides an atmosphere of peace and simplicity, and particularly noteworthy are the colourful cloister terrace, the beautiful garden and the secluded outdoor swimming pool. The style of the Parador is generally rustic, with many ornate touches of style and colour, and whitewashed walls almost throughout.

You can enjoy a drink in the Mudejar-style courtyard here under the manicured lemon and orange trees, and take in the gorgeous architecture and style of the reworking of the original buildings. Or sit out on the terrace and enjoy the fountains and colourful gardens, and the panorama of terracotta-coloured rooftops and stone turrets beyond. Gaze at the impressive wooden ceilings of some of the passageways and halls, take in the decorated fireplaces and consider the ornateness and intricacy of the wall decoration and sweeping archways.  

The bedrooms charmingly retain the original ambience of the hospice and palace buildings, some of the standard rooms having a small mezzanine section with a desk or armchair, and the majority have traditional wooden shutters in keeping with the age of the building.

The swimming pool and terrace are open for use during the peak summer months, offering welcome relief from the midday heat and reward for a day’s walking or sightseeing.

Succulent local dishes on offer in the bright, rustic restaurant include Ajoblanco (a soup made from garlic, bread and egg), Bacalao Monacal (salt cod cooked with potato and spinach) and Tarta de queso de la Serena (a kind of cheesecake).

There is garage parking at this Parador.

Local area

The religious significance of Guadalupe had its origins in the late 13th century, when a local shepherd found by the banks of the Guadalupe River a statue of the Virgin Mary thought to have been hidden from the Moorish invaders in 714. It was to Guadalupe that Christopher Columbus made a pilgrimage after his discovery of America in 1492 – after which Our Lady of Guadalupe became highly revered in the New World.

Guadalupe is also located on the Silver Route, the Roman ‘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 before its reconquest by Christian forces.

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 Monfrague, a significant haven for birds and wildlife – specifically black storks, lynxes and wild cats, 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 interest are the monastery of Guadalupe (with its revered ‘Black Madonna’), the cathedral of Plasencia and Moorish castle above Trujillo.

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

Restaurant meal times & typical dishes

Breakfast is served from 8.30 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.

Succulent local dishes on offer in the bright, rustic restaurant include Ajoblanco (a soup made from garlic, bread and egg), Bacalao Monacal (salt cod cooked with potato and spinach) and Tarta de queso de la Serena (a kind of cheesecake).

Swimming Pool

The Parador’s outdoor swimming pool is due to open from 01 June2016 until 30 September 2016.
Please note the opening and closing dates will depend on the weather and availability of lifeguards.
 

Visitor Comments

P.Newsom
Guadalupe - we got a fab room with a balcony which was just delightful, so peaceful and just what was required for my birthday. The courtyard is magnificent - sitting out under the orange and lemon trees sipping the G&Ts was a moment to savour. The town itself is very quiet at that time of year - guess it gets busy in the summer!

How to get there

The Parador is located in the cultural and historical centre of the town next to the Royal Monastery, a world heritage site. It is 65 km from Navalmoral de la Mata, reference point from Madrid on the A-5 road and the norther peninsula on the N-630. From Cáceres follow the N-521 to Trujillo and here change direction towards Zorita (EX208) and Logrosan-Guadalupe (EX102). Access from Portugal, Badajoz and the Southern Peninsula is routed through Mérida on the N-630. Continuing toward Madrid on the A-5, exit toward Cuidad Real on the N-430 to Obando, and then exit to the left on the EX116 until you reach Guadalupe.

Nearby Hotels

Trujillo - 80km
Jarandilla de la Vera - 90km
Oropesa - 90km
Merida - 130km
Madrid Airport - 250km

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.