Parador de La Seu d'Urgell
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- Single rooms (6)
- Twin rooms (66)
- Double rooms (6)
- Room with living room (1)
- Capacity (152)
- Conference room
- Central heating
- Air conditioning
- Canal plus
- Deposit box
- Ambiance music
- Garage (charged)
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Heated swimming pool
- Airport (200km)
- Station (50km)
- Port (200km)
Parador de La Seu d’Urgell - Modern hotel incorportating a Renaissance cloister (3*)
This elegant Parador stands in the historic town centre of La Seu d’Urgell, just next to a stunning Romanesque cathedral.
Despite its contemporary style, the Parador’s proudest feature is the beautiful Renaissance cloister at the centre of the building. With plenty of comfortable seating and leafy greenery, the cloister provides a calming oasis at the heart of this Parador.
Décor is light and elegant with stylish modern touches creating a bright and spacious interior. Bedrooms are decorated in a similar contemporary style with wooden flooring and muted colours providing a relaxing atmosphere.
The Parador de La Seu d’Urgell is well-equipped to meet all your needs featuring an indoor pool, sauna and gym, and all of the modern facilities to ensure a comfortable stay here, perfect for exploring the beauty of the Catalan Pyrenees.
The Parador’s restaurant serves a range of Catalan/Pyrenean dishes featuring regional sausages, ham and artisan cheeses.
The Parador offers garage parking.
The Parador de La Seu d’Urgell is ideally situated for exploring the Pyrenees where the Valira and Segre rivers converge, and there are a number of ski resorts close by. In the summer, the nearby River Segre plays host to international canoeing championships, and the nearest golf course is only 6 km away.
La Seu is the capital of the Lerida Pyrenees and as its natural surroundings lend themselves well to adventure sports, the area has become a popular skiing destination. Olympic installations such as Segre Park and four Nordic Skiing stations have aided the tourist sector enormously.
The Parador looks onto a Romanesque cathedral which is the seat of the Bishop of Urgell, one of the traditional co-princes of nearby Andorra (the other co-prince is the president of France). In fact, La Seu d’Urgell is situated a mere 21km from Andorra’s capital, so it is an ideal base for visits to the neighbouring country.
One of the town’s most prominent historical sites is the beautiful Romanesque-style cathedral which dates back to the 11th and 12th centuries. The Italian-influenced design of the cathedral can be found in many churches throughout Catalonia. Other popular sites to visit include the 15th century City Hall and the Diocesan Museum which features fantastic examples of medieval painting and sculpture.
Like many Catalan towns, La Seu is proud of its history and traditions, and there is no better way to sample some of the regional flavor than through the local cuisine. The area is well-known for its cheese, hams, and mushrooms, with plenty of delicious dishes on offer.
Click here for Lorna Roberts' expert view of this Parador as she journeys through Catalonia
Parador's 'Gastrobar' concept
Extensive lunch and dinner menus are served in the new 'Gastrobar', which offers a range of meal options from light snacks to 3 course dinners in an informal but well serviced environment. We hope you enjoy this new experience.
Catalunya Accommodation tax: All guests over the age of 16 who are staying in Paradors within Catalunya will be charged locally a tax of 1€ per person per night (for a maximum of 7 nights). This tax applies to the following Paradors: Aiguablava, Arties, Bielsa, Cardona, Tortosa, Vic and Vielha, and also at La Seu d'Urgell (where the charge will only be 0.50€ per person per night)
Please note that the formal restaurant will not be open between 01/11- 31/12 (open local holidays) and that lunch will be served from the 'Gastrobar'
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Breakfast is served from 8.00 to 10.30 and dinner from 20.15 to 22.30.
It may be possible to arrive up to 22.00 and still enjoy a meal.
On the menu in the restaurant are a range of Catalan/Pyrenean dishes featuring regional sausages, ham and artisan cheeses and including Cazuela (a dish of potatoes, slat pork, snails, tomato and onion), Perdiz con coles (partridge served with Brussels sprouts) and Crema de miel y mató (a smooth cream of honey and a fresh ricotta-like cheese).
- G. Yeatman
A hotel tucked away in the town centre of Urgell, with modern contemporary facilities cleverly introduced into the cloistered lounge. Marvellous local cuisine at its best with excellent service.
How to get there
The Parador is located in the old quarter of La Seu d’Urgell, on Calle Sant Domenec, sheltered by the Sala Sant Domenec, the Cathedral, the Town Hall and the Seminary. The city is located 10 km from Andorra, its main access being the N-260 from Lleida, Girona or Barcelona. It is located 130 km from Lerida, the capital of the province.
Cardona - 95km
Arties - 125km
Vielha - 135km
Vic-Sau - 170km
Barcelona Airport - 190km
Region & Cuisine
The Autonomous Community of Catalonia, in the extreme north-east of Spain, is certainly one of the best known regions of the country. Almost everyone knows all about, and a great many people have been to, Barcelona and the Costa Brava, but – while these are deservedly very popular destinations – other parts of this region are equally attractive yet relatively off the beaten track.
Bordered by France and Andorra in the north, Aragón in the west and the Community of Valencia in the south, Catalonia is a land of contrasts. The northern region incorporates almost half of the Pyrenean mountain range running west from the Mediterranean, with remote mountain villages dotting the landscape. Further south and inland the region is flatter and largely agricultural, a land of arable farming and cattle-breeding, while Catalonia’s 500 km of coastline offers its own kind of scenery and attractions including fishing ports, miles of golden sandy beaches and tiny coves reached only from the sea. Given this diversity of topography, Catalonia’s climate ranges from mild and warm in the coastal region to fairly extreme at higher altitudes where snow is frequent in winter.
Catalonia is a region fiercely proud of its identity, of its history and culture and of its language (Catalán) which is spoken everywhere throughout the region. Many towns and villages in Catalonia are now known by their Catalán names which may well be unfamiliar to those used to the old ‘Spanish’ names. The Catalans themselves are friendly and hardworking and if a Catalán gives you his word you can be sure that he means it. They definitely know how to enjoy themselves, and are fanatical (at least, most of them) about two things: eating well, about which more later, and football – when their beloved ‘Barça’ gets the better of arch rival Real Madrid, particularly at home in Europe’s largest football stadium, everyone knows about it.
The principal cities of Catalonia are Barcelona (the regional capital), Girona, Lleida and Tarragona, each of which gives its name to the four provinces into which the region is divided. Barcelona itself needs little introduction: the urban renewal leading up to the spectacularly successful 1992 Olympic Games virtually changed the face of the city, but not its character. The acknowledged front-running Spanish city in business, fashion, architecture, opera, art, street theatre, nightlife... Barcelona is all this, and more, and remains intensely Catalán.
The province of Girona, in the north of the region, includes – among many other attractions, not least the city itself – the most appealing section of the Costa Brava. Much maligned in the past as the original ‘cheap package tour’ destination, the coastline from S’Agaró up to the French border is now, in the opinion of many, the most scenically beautiful stretch of coast in Spain, typified by the glorious views from the Parador in Aiguablava. Inevitably there has been considerable development along the coast over the years, not least because the Costa Brava is a hugely popular area for weekends and holidays for the Catalans themselves, many of whom have holiday homes both on the coast and in the interior of the province.
A lesser known area of Catalonia is the province of Lleida. The attractive city of Lleida, to the west of Catalonia and surrounded by fertile fruit-growing countryside, is well worth a visit for its old quarter on the right bank of the river Segre. But for really dramatic scenery in this province head north to the Pyrenees. A useful route from Lleida to reach the most breathtaking mountain views takes you first to Seu d’Urgell (near the border with Andorra), then east to Sort, then on minor roads through Esterri d’Aneu and the ski resort of Baqueira, and finally to the neighbouring villages of ArtÍes and Vielha (each with its own Parador) in the heart of the spectacularly beautiful Val d’Arán and surrounded by mountains approaching 3,000 metres. Just awesome!
The southernmost province of Catalonia is Tarragona. Probably best known for its coastline, the Costa Daurada (in Spanish Dorada – the Golden Coast) has mile after mile of uncrowded, flat sandy beaches, very different in character from the Costa Brava further north. Inland the countryside is fertile and in places quite hilly; Spain’s longest river, the Ebro, runs through this province and passes through some exceptionally beautiful countryside near the little town of Flix, an angling centre which in recent years has become known for the giant catfish caught in these waters. The Ebro reaches the Mediterranean near the historic town of Tortosa, a number of whose buildings – including the Parador, the 10th century Castillo de la Zuda – are national monuments.
Tarragona itself was the principal city in Roman Catalonia. It has a considerable artistic and architectural heritage and has been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. Among the many examples of the Roman occupation of the city are the Roman wall, the amphitheatre and the ‘Pont del Diable’, a spectacular Roman aqueduct.
And so to the cuisine of Catalonia, referred to earlier. Many, if not most, Spaniards maintain that their own particular region offers the best in Spanish gastronomy, but in Catalonia good eating is definitely considered a priority matter and some of what are considered to be the best restaurants in the world are in this region. With natural resources coming from the sea and the mountains, fish and seafood are always fresh and sausages, meats and vegetables are of the best quality. Catalán dishes can reach the heights of sophistication with elaborate sauces, but three of the most basic favourites – available everywhere – are ‘butifarra amb mongetes’ (Catalán sausage with beans), ‘pa amb tomaquet’ (bread with olive oil and tomatoes, often served with country ham and eaten as a prelude to lunch or dinner) and the popular local dessert ‘crema catalana’, a form of custard covered in caramelised sugar.
Catalonia is one of Spain’s great wine-producing regions, with any number of locally-produced red and white wines available everywhere to suit all tastes. This is also the region responsible for the top quality sparkling wine known as ‘cava’ using the traditional champagne method, and visits may be made to a number of the establishments that produce this wine.
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.