Parador de Jarandilla de la Vera
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- Single rooms (3)
- Twin rooms (40)
- Double rooms (9)
- Capacity (101)
- Conference room
- Central heating
- Air conditioning
- Deposit box
- Ambiance music
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Tennis court
- Swimming pool
- Airport (240km)
- Station (33km)
Parador de Jarandilla de la Vera - Medieval fortified palace (4*)
Surrounded by the beautiful orchards and ravines of the hilly region of La Vera, midway between Salamanca and Cáceres and in the centre of the small town of Jarandilla de la Vera, this beautiful 15th-century fortified palace was once home, for several months, to the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.
The exterior features of the Parador – which has fine views of the Gredos Mountains – include the turrets, the arcaded parade ground, a garden with children’s play area and a swimming pool surrounded by olive and orange trees.
The interior reflect the history of the Parador and you can find fine stone fireplaces, metal lamps and wooden beams throughout the property; some of the bedrooms even have four-poster beds.
Jarandilla de la Vera is a small town located in Caceres province. The surrounding area is well known for its spectacular gorges which are an iconic part of La Vera’s landscape.
The town is home to a large selection of churches and religious buildings including the convent of San Francisco and the churches of San Agustín and Nuestra Señora de la Torre, the last of which dates back to the 12th and 14th centuries and is built on the rock, protecting it from attack.
Interesting features in the town include ancient pottery and some ruins of Celtic settlements. These are located under the former fortress of the Knights Templar (now a local Parish church) and close the castle. The town is also home to several medieval bridges built in Roman style using materials from the town’s Roman mausoleum.
The annual Broom Festival is one of the town’s most popular events. Every year on 7thDecember the celebration takes place to honour the Virgin of the Holy Conception and a horseman and Calvary transport of the Virgin through the streets followed by the townsfolk carrying brooms lit as though they are torches. The origins of the festival are unknown, but nevertheless this is a fascinating spectacle for any vistor.
Local specialities on offer at the restaurant include Migas Extremeñas (a dish involving pork, sausage and breadcrumbs), Patatas revolconas con torreznos (mashed potatoes with paprika and bacon) and La Vera fig compote.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Breakfast is served from 7.45 to 11.45 and dinner from 20.30 to 23.00.
It may be possible to arrive up to 22.30 and still enjoy a meal.
In the restaurant: "Migas Extremenas" (savory breadcrumbs prepared with pork and pork sausage, lamb stewed with vegetables and wine), "Patatas revolconas con torreznos" (mashed potatoes with paprika and fried fatty bacon) and tomato soup.
The opening dates for the outdoor swimming pools are yet to be confirmed for 2019 but are expected to be in line with this years date (15 June until 15 September 2018)
Please note the opening and closing dates will depend on the weather and availability of lifeguards.
- P. Newson
Jarandilla - no balcony this time but we did avail ourselves of the spa across the road. We lunched in the courtyard and dined in the restaurant which was the equal of Guadalupe. I noticed that the place was filling up for the weekend (this was a Thursday). Staff were very friendly and helpful, room was on the outside wall of the building and therefore had a view and was very comfortable. The location is good for exploring some very interesting villages and the final retreat of Carlos V.
How to get there
From Madrid, take highway 530 (N-V) and exit at Navalmoral de la Mata. Then take the road EX-119 to Jarandilla de la Vera. The Parador is located approximately 215 km from Madrid.
Caceres - 150km
Gredos - 100km
Plasencia - 56km
Oropesa - 60km
Madrid Airport - 240km
Region & Cuisine
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.