Parador de Soria
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- Twin rooms (57)
- Single rooms (3)
- Room with living room (7)
- Capacity (127)
- Conference room
- Central heating
- Air conditioning
- Canal plus
- Deposit box
- Disabled facilities
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- Currency exchange
- Airport (200km)
- Station (2km)
Parador de Soria - Modern hotel with Panoramic Views (4*)
Set on the Parque del Castillo hillside, the Parador de Soria overlooks spectacular countryside and keeps watch over the Duero river. The Parador is modern but has retained a medieval feature wall. To get a feel for the history of the property, it is possible to view artefacts which were found during the renovation which are on display in the Parador today.
The perfect location of the Parador de Soria offers up the ideal opportunity to take in the stunning panoramic views which the Parador uses to its full advantage. The enclosed terrace with its full-length windows overlooks the town, hills and the valleys of the breathtaking countryside, including the river Duero.
The Parador de Soria is dedicated to the renowned Spanish poet Antonio Machado. Machado was living and working in Soria when he met his wife Leonor Izquierdo. It was here that he also had some of his work published. A bust in memory of the poet can be found inside the Parador.
The clean lines and décor of this Parador envelop you in luxury for a relaxing stay. The rooms are sizeable and feature floor to ceiling windows to ensure no view is obscured.
A visit to the Parador de Soria is a must for those seeking a comfortable and luxurious stay.
Soria is known as the City of the Poets as it inspired so many literary geniuses such as Bécquer, Machado and Gerardo Diego. The town is approximately a 20-minute walk from the Parador and from leisurely wandering around the medieval network of streets and taking in this beautiful historic town, it is easy to see where these poets gained their inspiration.
The Monastery of San Juan de Duero is well worth a visit. Built during the Romanesque period in the 12th century, the defining feature of the monastery, which still stands today, is the wooden covered nave. The Monastery also offers a route to another great historic monument, the Shrine of San Saturio, Soria’s patron saint.
Antonio Machado used to walk the route from the Monastery to the Shrine of San Saturio whilst meditating. The route winds along the banks of the River Duero and on arrival you are greeted by an 18th century monument which was constructed during the Baroque period. Inside more delights await such as frescoes depicting the life of San Saturio himself, designed and painted by Antonio Zapata, who was also a priest.
Meandering through to the Plaza de los Doce Linajes, you will encounter the Condes de Gómara Palace, which is a national monument and recognised as the architectural jewel of Soria. The Palace was built in the 16th century during the Renaissance period and today it houses the Provincial Court, which is distinguishable by its stone façade and quadrangular tower.
To the north of the town lie the remains of Numantia, one of the last Celtic strongholds in Spain to fall to the Romans, a must-see for those wanting to learn about the rich history of the area.
If a shopping trip takes your fancy, be sure to make your way to the town’s shopping district in the Plaza de Herradores.
The region of Soria makes up part of the Camino El Cid route which is popular amongst history enthusiasts wishing to follow the renowned champion’s journey.
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.
Castilian specialities on offer in the restaurant include a soup made from bread, garlic and sweet paprika, Migas de los pastores (savoury fried breadcrumbs with pork and sausage), roast lamb and stewed El Burgo broad beans.
How to get there
The Parador is installed in the so-called 'Parque del Castillo', a tree-covered area of great beauty. It is reached by crossing the city and following the signs to 'Parque del Castillo'.
Siguenza - 100km
Calahorra - 116km
Olite - 142km
Santo Domingo de la Calzada - 151km
Madrid Airport - 210km
Region & Cuisine
CASTILLA y LEON
In 1983 the existing regions of Castilla la Vieja (Old Castile) and León were united to form Castilla y León. Occupying one-fifth of the country’s territory, Castilla y León 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 León 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 León 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 León, 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 León 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 León, 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 ‘denominación de origen’ of Ribera del Duero, some of whose wines are nothing short of superb.
No description of Castilla and León 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.