Parador de Salamanca
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- Twin rooms (94)
- Double rooms (10)
- Room with living room (4)
- Capacity (206)
- Conference room
- Central heating
- Air conditioning
- Canal plus
- Deposit box
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Tennis court
- Swimming pool
- Golf (20km)
- Station (2km)
Parador de Salamanca - Hotel with views over the old city (4*)
The Parador de Salamanca, on the edge of the city, is in a strikingly attractive modern building on the left bank of the River Tormes, with stunning views across the river to the old town – a particularly fine sight at night when it is floodlit. The Parador de Salamanca provides an elegant, spacious and comfortable base from which to explore this fascinating city. Tastefully decorated throughout with much use of marble, the hotel has a fine garden with a swimming pool and tennis court. The lounge areas as well as the majority of the bedrooms also offer fantastic panoramic views through their large windows. The Salamanca Parador also houses modern amenities such as a sauna, a Turkish bath and a gym, making it the perfect place to unwind after a busy day exploring the delights of the city. The Parador in Salamanca is situated a short walk across the Roman bridge on the opposite side of the river to the city centre.
- Book a superior room for fantastic views of the city - you can even spot the Cathedral lit up at night.
The history of Salamanca goes back to before the Carthaginians (it was captured by Hannibal in the 3rd century B.C.), and became an important commercial centre under the Romans. The city is home to the famous university founded in 1218 which is the oldest in Spain and is extremely popular for overseas students wishing to learn the Spanish language. The impressive Cathedral is in fact comprised of 2 churches joined together. The older one was founded in the 12th century and was built in a traditional Romanesque style and the newer one from the 16th century onwards was constructed in a contrasting Gothic and Baroque style. This is just one of many magnificent buildings to see in Salamanca, the vast arcaded Plaza Mayor located in the centre is also a very popular attraction. The beautiful glowing sandstone used in the old quarter has earned Salamanca the name ‘La Ciudad Dorada’ – the Golden City, and in 2002 Salamanca was named the European Capital of Culture, jointly with Bruges. In 1988, the city centre was also declared an UNESCO World Heritage site for the wonderful historical architecture. Salamanca is home to a great selection of bars and restaurants. Salamancan cuisine is greatly influenced by the diversity and history of the area. This is particularly shown in their traditional dishes as well as the delicious selection of tapas on offer.
There is garage parking at this Parador.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Breakfast is served from 7.30 to 11.00 from monday to friday, from 8.00 to 11.30 on saturday and sunday. Dinner is served from 20.30 to 23.00.
It may be possible to arrive up to 22.30 and still enjoy a meal.
The restaurant offers "Horazo" (bread dough filled with seasoned served pork sausage), iberian sausage and ham, cheese from the region, oven roasted suckling lamb and "toston" (roast suckling pig).
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.
- B. Ainsley
Very posh, excellent cuisine!
How to get there
Located to the south of the city at a privileged panoramic viewpoint. From Zamora head towards Béjar and Portugal, and from Madrid take the N-VI to Sanchidrián and Salamanca. The Parador is on the left, before entering the city.
Zamora - 65km
Tordesillas - 85km
Ciudad Rodrigo - 88km
Avila - 97km
Madrid Airport - 220km
Region & Cuisine
CASTILLA y LEON
In 1983 the existing regions of Castilla la Vieja (Old Castile) and Leon were united to form Castilla y Leon. Occupying one-fifth of the country’s territory, Castilla y Leon is the largest of Spain’s Autonomous Communities and comprises much of the central and northern areas of the country.
Given its size – over 94,000 square kilometres – there is naturally an enormous variety of landscape within this region with mountains of varying grandeur to the north, west and south, and woodlands and fertile river plains dominating the central area. The river Duero, Spain’s largest river and the country’s principal source of electrical power, more or less bisects the region from east to west before flowing into Portugal – where its name changes to the Douro – and reaching the Atlantic in the city of Porto. The climate of Castilla y Leon is ‘continental’, typically with long, hard winters contrasting with moderately warm summers.
Along with the variety of terrain, the region also maintains a tremendous variety of plant and animal life. A hardy species of oak, the holm oak which can withstand both heat and cold, is found everywhere throughout this region. Chestnuts abound in the fertile areas of the Duero and its tributaries, while forests of Scots pine predominate in the Sierra de Gredos in the south. The wildest parts of the region are home to protected endangered species like wolf and brown bear; deer and wild boar are found in the mountains in the north, and mountain goat in the Sierra de Gredos, while also to be seen in this region are the imperial eagle, the tawny vulture and the ubiquitous stork.
But if only one word could be used to describe Castilla y Leon it would have to be ‘monumental’. The region comprises nine provinces and the nine provincial capital cities are collectively a living museum of the history, heritage and culture not only of Castilla y Leon but, to a large extent, of Spain itself.
A brief note on some of these cities:
AVILA. A medieval city, encircled by its hugely impressive and wonderfully preserved walls dating from the end of the 11th century, intimately linked to Saint Teresa and with a complex of palaces, churches, convents and monasteries.
BURGOS. One of the key links in the cultural chain running the length of the Way of Saint James, Burgos was the capital of Castile during the Middle Ages. Its Gothic cathedral, the third largest in Spain, is the most important of the city’s many monuments.
LEON. Another monumental city with two thousand years of history. The cathedral is considered one of the best examples of Spanish Gothic and the Cathedral Museum is one of the most comprehensive of its kind. The Parador here, a restored 16th century monastery, is itself one of the city’s most impressive monuments.
SALAMANCA. A venerable city, declared by UNESCO as part of the Heritage of Mankind in recognition of its artistic legacy. Salamanca’s university, founded in 1254, is one of the oldest in the world and is no doubt responsible for Salamanca’s reputation as one of Spain’s liveliest cities. Life here revolves around the magnificent ‘Plaza Mayor’ built between 1729 and 1755 and generally recognised as the finest main square in the country.
SEGOVIA. A city symbolic of the old kingdom of Castile, among Segovia’s innumerable treasures is the Castle in Spain ‘par excellence’ – the Alcazar, a medieval fortress reconstructed in 1862 after a devastating fire. The emblematic symbol of Segovia is the fantastic 2,000-year old Roman Aqueduct: 728 metres in length with 163 arches and constructed in granite blocks cut so perfectly that no mortar was needed, this is one of the best preserved monuments of Imperial Rome.
VALLADOLID. The capital city of Castilla y Leon, Valladolid preserves some of the finest examples of Renaissance art in this region – notably the College of Santa Cruz whose library contains around 13,000 volumes printed between the 16th and 19th centuries. A university city, Valladolid enjoys the reputation as the Spanish city where the most correct Castilian (Castellano) is spoken. And for those into castles in Spain, the surrounding countryside is full of them!
The culinary tradition of Castilla y Leon has something for everyone, with pride of place going to roast meats prepared in traditional wood-fired brick ovens – most famously ‘cochinillo’ (suckling pig) and tender lamb. Also for non-vegetarians, Avila is known for its excellent beef and veal, Burgos for its ‘morcilla’ (blood sausage) and much of the region for its many varieties of chorizo. There is no shortage of game throughout this region either, with some less-obvious examples being quail, partridge and pigeon which provide local speciality dishes in the provinces of Valladolid, Segovia and Zamora respectively.
Pulses also figure prominently in the region’s ‘country’ cuisine in soups and stews, particularly chick-peas in Zamora, lentils in Leon and succulent ‘El Barco’ large broad beans in Avila. A wide range of artisan confectionery is very much a feature of Casytilla y Leon, including the ‘rosquillas ciegas’ of Palencia, the sugared almonds of Salamanca and the delicious ‘yemas de Santa Teresa’, emblematic of Avila.
To go with all this, there’s no shortage of wine from this region. Rueda, Toro and El Bierzo all produce distinctive wines of high quality, but for the very best (and unfortunately the most expensive) it has the be the ‘denominacion de origen’ of Ribera del Duero, some of whose wines are nothing short of superb.
No description of Castilla and Leon would be complete without a mention of two of the region’s smaller towns, not least because two of Spain’s finest Paradors - in our opinion – are located there. LERMA, some 20 miles south of Burgos, is a town with great artistic heritage and a noble air exemplified by the Ducal Palace, begun in 1605 and now the Parador. And in LA GRANJA DE SAN ILDEFONSO, just 7 miles outside Segovia, is the magnificent Royal Palace of La Granja, built between in 1720 and 1735 in the style of the Palace of Versailles and with delightful French-style gardens complete with statues and fountains – a very popular place to visit for the people of nearby Madrid. The impressive Parador here, opened by king Juan Carlos in June 2007, occupies the restored 18th century royal summer residence.
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.