Parador de Oropesa
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- Single rooms (2)
- Twin rooms (37)
- Double rooms (5)
- Room with living room (4)
- Capacity (94)
- Conference room
- Central heating
- Air conditioning
- Ambiance music
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Swimming pool
- Airport (165km)
- Station (1km)
Parador de Oropesa - Medieval castle-palace (4*)
The Parador de Oropesa began life as a 14th century castle-palace for the Alvarez de Toledo family and was fully restored in the 15th century. Five centuries later, in 1930, this was the first of many historical buildings to be inaugurated into the Parador family.
Not only is this a beautiful building, but due to the history surrounding the property, the Parador has been endorsed with the honour of becoming an official Parador Museum. This means you can easily explore the Parador’s and indeed town’s rich history; the information is there just waiting for you to delve in. If you take the route from the lower gallery to the upper floor, you will notice that the Parador’s history is depicted by 30 plaques along the way. Discover the secrets of the castle, the links with the movie making business and bullfighting.
For film lovers, the Parador offers the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of cinematic greats such as Frank Sinatra and Sophia Loren. In fact, Sinatra’s ‘Pride and Passion’ used the Parador itself as a filming location.
As you approach the Parador you will note that there is a slight Greek influence in the façade in the form of ionic columns. This influence would fit in with the legend that the town of Oropesa is said to have been founded by the Greek hero Hercules.
Upon entering the Parador you will be greeted with high ceilings, which are a mixture of vaulted and timbered, authentic paintings and a light and airy atmosphere perfect for a relaxing holiday. The medieval feel of the Parador is emphasised in the décor which managesto appear elegant rather than outdated. Floors are painted with Arabic designs and the Gothic-Mudejar coffered ceiling in the dining room is particularly impressive. Make sure to watch out for the low archway which links the two communal areas!
Oropesa’s Parador benefits from stunning panoramic views of the Toledo countryside. Imagine sitting out on the terrace enjoying a drink at the end of an exciting day of exploring whilst taking in the rural views of vineyards, olive groves and up towards the Gredos mountains.
For warmer months, the Parador offers an outdoor swimming pool complete with sun loungers and a well-manicured garden from which to enjoy those spectacular views.
A stay at the Parador de Oropesa will leave you feeling like a King or a Queen as the bedrooms have paid particular attention to the medieval regal theme. For an extra special stay, the Parador is proud to offer the “Peinador de la Reina” or “Queen’s dressing room”. This spacious room forms part of the Parador network’s special Unique Rooms, and is located in the tower and offers two substantial separate living areas, as well as seven balconies which all offer panoramic views over the castle, Oropesa’s old quarter, Campo Arañuelo and Gredos. The room is completed with a large four-poster bed, which features a delicately hand-painted headboard.
Legend has it that Oropesa earned its name from a Christian princess who was worth her weight “pesa” in gold “oro”, hence “Oropesa”. Approximately 3,000 people inhabit what is claimed to be the oldest town in the region, over a space of 358km². At a height of 425km the views from Oropesa are quite spectacular. If you find the perfect spot, it is possible to simultaneously look out over Toledo, Madrid, Cáceres and Ávila and even see the snow on the Gredos Mountains. Named a “Villa Monumental” or a “Historic town”, buildings, churches, convents and monasteries have been perfectly preserved to allow you to experience Oropesa just how it was all those years ago.
For those lucky enough to visit in April you may get to experience the annual medieval festival where locals dress as characters such as historic knights, noblemen and bishops, amongst others and take part in displays. Some are even adventurous enough to scale the historic buildings to show how it would have been done in medieval times.
Oropesa is on the route from Madrid to Lisbon so is perfect for exploring the Extremadura region either for a stopping off point or for an indulgent stay in the medieval era.
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 restaurant specializes in the local cuisine, featuring such dishes as Perdiz escabechada (partridge casserole), Goulash de ciervo (venison goulash) and Suspiros de monja (‘monk’s whispers’, in other words, cream puffs).
The Parador’s outdoor swimming pool is due to open from mid-June 2016 until mid-September 2016.
Please note the opening and closing dates will depend on the weather and availability of lifeguards.
How to get there
Located right in the town centre of Oropesa, you can't fail to see the Parador from the Extremadura dual carriageway, the N-V, at Km 148. The Parador is 35 km from Talavera de la Reina, 32 from Navalmoral de la Mata and 112 km from Toledo.
Jarandilla de la Vera - 65km
Guadalupe - 90km
Trujillo - 102km
Gredos - 103km
Madrid Airport - 210km
Region & Cuisine
The third largest in area of Spain’s Autonomous Communities, Castilla-La Mancha is also the least densely populated region on the Iberian Peninsula with just 21 inhabitants per square kilometre. Extending from the province of Guadalajara to the north of Madrid, down through central Spain to its southern borders with Murcia and Andalusia, this is a region of dramatic landscapes and extensive plains immortalized by Miguel de Cervantes in his world-famous work Don Quijote de La Mancha.
With mountains in the north, mountains in the south, high plains in the east and two major rivers, the Guadiana and the Tajo (Tagus), traversing the region from east to west the climate of Castilla-La Mancha is diverse, to say the least. Classified as ‘Continental Mediterranean’, in general winters are cold and summers are hot, with mild temperatures prevailing in autumn and spring.
Besides Guadalajara, the four other provinces which make up this region are Toledo (the city of Toledo is the region’s capital), Albacete, Ciudad Real and Cuenca. These five cities are really the only major conurbations within this whole vast region, the rest of which encompasses hundreds of small, tranquil villages together with three of the most important nature reserves in Spain: Tablas de Daimiel and Cabañeros National Parks, and Ruidera Lagoons Nature Park. Daimiel and Ruidera are wetlands of great ecological value, rich in wildlife, in particular migratory birds. Cabañeros is representative of the authentic Mediterranean Iberian forest.
Certainly one of the region’s cities, Toledo, is an absolute must to visit. One of Spain’s great artistic treasures, Toledo towers on top of a hill protected by a bend in the Tagus river to form a natural fortress complete with moat, as it were. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Toledo’s old quarter encapsulates most of the historic sights in the city which was for many centuries the capital of Spain and known as the ‘city of three cultures’ – Christian, Islamic and Hebrew. Without a doubt the best view of Toledo is to be had from the Parador, located on a hill across the Tagus valley, preferably in early evening when the light is just magical.
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site is the city of Cuenca, dramatically set between two steep gorges and famous for its ‘Hanging Houses’, a number of which were originally built as a palace in the 18th century but are now property of the city. Much of the area of La Mancha traversed by Don Quijote and Sancho Panza lies to the south-east of the province of Cuenca and over the border into Toledo province, and a good place to see some of the famous windmills is in the countryside near the village of Campo de Criptana.
The cuisine of the region is varied. Guadalajara provides lamb and kid, and in particular ‘morteruelo serrano’ – a delicious rich paté of blended meats. Cuenca’s dish ‘par excellence’ is its own version of morteruelo, made here with ground pork liver, game, hen, nuts and a variety of spices. Albacete is known for its gazpacho made with a crunchy flatbread, and for mountain rabbit and hare, while in Ciudad Real you will find many game dishes, several versions of ‘pisto’ (similar to ratatouille), ‘asadillo’ (roast skinned peppers and tomatoes with garlic) as well as excellent lamb stews.
Toledo was, according to Alexander Dumas, ‘the Spanish city where he had eaten the best’. The province is rich in game and the best known dishes include Toledo-style partridge, marinated boar and ‘cuchifrito’ - crunchy pieces of suckling pig – together with many kinds of sweet biscuits and cakes.
The most emblematic product from La Mancha is Manchego cheese, made in over 300 towns and villages from the milk of over half a million sheep raised on the plains. Over the last twenty years or so the quality of La Mancha wines, especially red wines, has improved dramatically and excellent wine is now produced in the region, particularly in the area of Valdepeñas.
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.