Parador de Trujillo
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- Twin rooms (44)
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- Conference room
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- Airport (150km)
- Station (48km)
Parador de Trujillo - 16th-century Convent (4*)
Ever wondered what it would be like to enjoy a stay in a Convent? Staying true to its noble origins, the Parador de Trujillo offers a stylish, understated and truly memorable experience.
Located in the centre of the historic town of Trujillo, the Convent of Santa Clara now houses the Parador de Trujillo. Built in 1533, the Convent housed nuns of the order of the Immaculate Conception prior to becoming a Parador in 1984. Throughout its years as a convent, the Parador de Trujillo hosted many important historical events such as the signing of sentences, privileges and donations.
Journeying into the Parador you will encounter the small revolving turntable which was the only form of contact to the outside world for the nuns who lived there. Exploring further, you will find there has been an extensive use of granite throughout the property, which perhaps reflects and reinforces the idea of protecting the nuns from the outside world.
The building itself includes two cloisters. These are made of brick and plaster and most definitely retain their original charm. Where the cloisters would have traditionally been open, today there are windows in the arches with drapes to help maintain the simplistic feeling, modernising these authentic features. One of the cloisters offers a delightful open space where guests can relax and unwind, and enjoy the culinary expertise of the Parador’s chef.
The other features a well-manicured garden with benches to sit on whilst enjoying the peace and tranquillity the Parador de Trujillo offers.
The Parador is decorated with contemporary furniture which complements the ancient stonework. A trip to the dining room showcases an impressive and unique arched ceiling. The walls are adorned with medieval frescoes and drawings depicting important historical scenes.
Bedrooms are spacious with tiled floors and plush décor to give a comfortable and welcoming feel. Some superior rooms have exquisitely decorated ceilings, while others retain the original door frames which are much shorter than their modern equivalents – be prepared to duck as you enter.
During summer months, the Parador’s swimming pool offers a refreshing respite from the warm climate.
- Make sure to go for a meal in Plaza Mayor on a warm evening and take in the lovely atmosphere.
- Trujillo is a great base for exploring nearby towns of Merida and Caceres, and benefits from great parking at the Parador.
The ancient town of Trujillo, known as Turgalium to the Romans, was taken from the Moors in 1233, and became known as the Cradle of the Conquistadors and is famed as the birthplace of Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, who led much of Spain’s conquest of the Incan Empire in Peru, and whose statue is on display in Plaza Mayor, which is set at the very heart of this town and a short walk from the Parador.
While visiting the square why not take a wander up the steps of the magnificent San Martín de Tours Church, whose clock tower and church bell are one of the town’s main points of attraction. It was built in the first half of the 16th century and incorporated ruins from a 14th century building.
Also situated in the Plaza Mayor you will find the 16th century Palacio de la Conquista. This building features design elements of the Gothic era and showcases intricate carvings intertwined in the structure. It is also worth returning in the evening when lights illuminate the palace in all its magical and captivating glory. The square illuminated in the evening makes for an enchanting dining atmosphere where both locals and tourists alike enjoy a meal in one of the square’s numerous bars and restaurants.
One of Trujillo’s main features is its castle whose position at the highest point of the town makes it easily visible wherever you are in the town. Built in the 13th century it replaced an Arab Fortress from the 9th and 10th centuries, however the castle has retained an air of Islamic military architecture in the guise of its square towers. There is a small fee to visit the castle and visitors are advised to double-check opening times before visiting.
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.
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.
The dining room has an impressive arched ceiling and among the mouthwatering dishes served are tomato and cumin soup, Cochinillo de Montanera (roast suckling pig) and local Estremaduran hams and sausages.
The Parador’s outdoor swimming pool is due to open from 1st June 2016 until 30 September 2016.
Please note the opening and closing dates will depend on the weather and availability of lifeguards.
How to get there
The Parador is located in the town centre, in the former Santa Clara convent. Trujillo is 48 km from Cáceres along the N-521 main road, 90 km from Mérida along the Autovía de Extremadura dual carriageway and 250 km from Madrid by the same road.
Carceres - 48km
Guadalupe - 80km
Merida - 90km
Oropesa - 100km
Madrid Airport - 260km
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.