Parador de Úbeda
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- Twin rooms (23)
- Double rooms (13)
- Room with living room (2)
- Capacity (72)
- Central heating
- Air conditioning
- Canal plus
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Airport (154km)
- Station (20km)
Parador de Úbeda - 16th-century Renaissance palace (4*)
The Parador de Ubeda is housed in a 16th century palace in the centre of the town’s old quarter. Originally built as a palace for Dean Ortego de Malaga, it stands in a magnificent square alongside two 16th and 18th century churches, the Palacio Vazquez de Molina and the Palacio de El Marques. The Parador’s architecture is similar to the Italian renaissance style and the interior décor strives to maintain this classic style with touches such as the elegant tiled flooring, stone staircases and fireplaces
Behind the beautiful façade of the hotel is a majestic interior courtyard, one of the Parador’s most cherished features. This courtyard provides a central space, from which many of the guest rooms can be accessed. Guest rooms are spacious with plenty of natural light, tiled flooring, and décor that complements the Parador’s traditional architecture.
Situated west of the Cazorla and Segura mountains near the Guadalquivir River is Ubeda, a lovely little Spanish town which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage City in 2003.
The Parador is only a short distance from several key historic buildings mentioned above such as the churches of El Salvador and Santa Maria. The town’s cultural heritage and wealth is reflected in its walls, palaces, churches, convents and monasteries and Ubeda is home to 48 historic monuments and 9 buildings which have been classed as ‘National Monuments’ with a further 19 classified as ‘Assets of Cultural Interest’.
Ubeda is known as the ‘the Moorish Queen’ thanks to its original Moorish street plans, however Ubeda truly flourished during the Renaissance period and particularly under the empire of Carlos I thanks to the emergence of great Renaissance artists and architects. Surrounding the city is a field of olive trees and we would recommend visiting the Centro de Interpretacion Olivar y Aceite museum which explains the history of Olive growing in the region.
Ubeda’s Valencia Street is well known for its pottery artisans and you can visit the Museum de Alfareria Tito that which features hundreds of examples of handmade pottery.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Breakfast is served from 8.00 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.
Local specialities on offer in the Parador's restaurant include Ajo blanco (cold garlic soup), Pimentos rellenos de perdiz (peppers stuffed with partridge) and Rabo de Toro al vino tinto de la Loma (oxtail stewed with vegetables and red wine).
How to get there
The Parador is located in the Vázquez de Molina square in the old quarter of the town, next to the sacred chapel of El Salvador, the Marqués de Mancera palace and the Vázquez Molina palace, now the Town Hall. Úbeda is 39 km from Bailén along the N-322, 210 km from Albacete along the N-322, 57 km from Jaén on the N-321 and 330 km from Madrid, with access from the N-IV through Bailén.
Jaen - 57km
Cazorla - 70km
Cordoba - 144km
Almagro - 165km
Malaga Airport - 300km
Region & Cuisine
The second largest of Spain’s Autonomous Communities, Andalusia occupies a major part of the southern half of the country. The region’s eight provinces extend from the Portuguese border in the west, north to the neighbouring regions of Extremadura and Castilla La Mancha and to Almería, bordering Murcia, in the east.
Inevitably, Andalusia will be best known to many people for its beaches, notably along the Mediterranean ‘Costa de Sol’ and the Atlantic ‘Costa de la Luz’, and the coast certainly encompasses a good part of the region’s natural wealth. This is no doubt largely due to the exceptional climate – one of the warmest in Europe – that prevails all along the coastline, with hot dry summers, winters with mild temperatures and many ‘mini regions’ boasting their own microclimates. But it is a mistake to associate Andalusia only with its ‘Costas’, for this is a region that offers the visitor virtually everything in terms of history, art and nature.
Scenically, Andalusia is a land of contrasts. For example, in the province of Granada in winter one can experience 22°C on the coast and travel just 33 km north into the Sierra Nevada mountains to find a temperature of 10°C below zero. Further east , in the province of AlmerÍa, is an area unique in Europe – the Tabernas desert, where many of the ‘Spaghetti Westerns’ were filmed. To the north of Granada is the province of Jaén, the land of the olive with over 50 million olive trees planted and olive oil providing the main source of wealth in the province. Further south, some thirty municipalities form the famous ‘route of the white towns’, a string of picturesque little towns and villages extending across the northern part of the provinces of Cádiz and Málaga and all displaying the same picture- postcard white architecture so typical of rural Andalusia. Over 17% of the region of Andalusia is classified as a protected natural area, with its two national parks of Doñana and Sierra Nevada particularly well known for the preservation of their rich variety of flora and fauna.
Cádiz, Seville, Córdoba, Granada, Málaga – all these historic Andalusian cities display countless examples of the rich architectural and artistic legacy from over eight centuries of Moorish occupation of this region. Pride of place must go to the most emblematic monument in Granada (the capital of Spain’s last Moorish kingdom) – the incomparable Alhambra with its adjoining Generalife gardens, a unique complex of palaces, fortresses and royal quarters making this one of the most fascinating, and most visited, monuments in the world.
An essential feature of Andalusian art, and life, is of course the form of music and dance known as flamenco, an artistic expression of the most deeply rooted Andalusian culture. The precise origin of flamenco is unknown, but certainly it has Moorish influences and many of its most famous practitioners, both past and present, have been of gypsy origin. Wherever you are in Andalusia you are likely to hear flamenco, whether at an organised concert, or coming from inside someone’s house, or simply an impromptu performance in a village square. It’s in everyone’s blood, and it’s delightful.
Given the immense area of this region, gastronomic diversity best describes the cuisine of Andalusia. The so-called ‘Mediterranean diet’, with its basis of olive oil and considered by many experts to be the healthiest in the world, has its origin here. One of Spain’s most famous products, the Iberian Jabugo ham, is produced in Huelva province with the very finest hams reputedly cured ‘in a certain position in a certain room of a certain house in Huelva’. Gazpacho, the cold soup made with tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, bread and garlic originated in Andalusia and is found throughout the region as is ‘ajoblanco’, a delicious variation on gazpacho. Fruit and vegetables grow in profusion along the coastal region: mountains of strawberries in Huelva province; oranges, lemons, tropical and sub-tropical fruit (mango, papaya, banana, avocado) in Málaga and Granada provinces, and many varieties of vegetable in Almería province. In the mountains further inland, game dishes include partridge, rabbit, venison and wild boar, while anywhere near the sea you will find one of the most popular of all Andalusian dishes – ‘pescaito frito’ or mixed fried fish.
Not particularly renowned for the excellence of its wines, Andalusia does however produce the finest sherries in the world (the major establishments can be visited in Jerez de la Frontera) and – especially in Málaga province – several delicious dessert wines.
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.