Parador de Vic-Sau
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- Twin rooms (22)
- Double rooms (12)
- Room with living room (4)
- Capacity (76)
- Conference room
- Central heating
- Air conditioning
- Canal plus
- Deposit box
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Tennis court
- Swimming pool
- Airport (78km)
- Station (12km)
- Port (74km)
Parador de Vic-Sau - Traditional farmhouse-style hotel (4*)
Set against the stunning backdrop of the Guillerias Mountains with the Sau reservoir below it, the Parador de Vic-Sau, built in a traditional farmhouse-style, is in one of the most beautiful and tranquil locations in Catalonia, yet it is only 80 km from buzzing Barcelona. It is, however, some 14 km from Vic – the nearest town – making it ideal for those looking for a seriously peaceful setting.
The Parador is spacious and bright with large arched windows providing plenty of natural light. Communal areas are stylishly decorated with comfortable seating, and the main vestibule features a striking stained-glass ceiling projecting a sea of colours onto the floor below. The Parador was recently totally refurbished and the bedrooms comfortably furnished with neutral colours, creating a light and airy atmosphere.
The Parador de Vic-Sau truly makes the most of its stunning setting, surrounding itself with well-tended gardens and a magnificent outdoor swimming pool with panoramic views of the valley below.
The restaurant specializes in typical Catalan cooking, and uses many regional specialities such Vic’s famous pork products.
Both open-air parking and garage parking is available at this Parador.
The Parador de Vic-Sau is located some 14km from the town of Vic in the centre of Catalonia. Due to its fairly remote location, this is the perfect choice for those wishing to pursue outdoor activities, with facilities for mountain biking, hiking, riding, hot-air ballooning and water sports all available locally. The emerald reservoir and surrounding green landscape are excellent for sports enthusiasts and nature-lovers alike.
The reservoir below was created by damming the valley, requiring the residents of the village to relocate. Eerily, the spire of the submerged church can sometimes be seen when the water level drops in summer months.
The town of Vic is the capital of the Osona region and boasts some beautiful architecture, combined with a fascinating history. One of the town’s proudest sites is the imposing cathedral which sits at the heart of the historic quarter and is built in typical neoclassical style. Of particular note is the impressive neoclassical temple which was built at the end of the 18th century and is decorated with paintings by Catalan muralist Josep María Sert. As well as the cathedral, Vic is home to a range of remarkable buildings within walking distance of the town’s main square. These include the Palau Espiscopal (the Episcopal Palace), the Roman temple, and the convent of Sant Domènech.
Vic is renowned for its pork products, particularly its cured hams and sausages. The regional salchichon, a salami-like sausage, is a must-try for visitors to the area.
More than anything, the Parador de Vic-Sau offers refuge and tranquillity away from the hustle and bustle of Barcelona and the Catalan cities. With breath-taking scenery and comfortable surroundings, the Parador provides the perfect relaxing atmosphere against an incredible natural backdrop.
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).
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 restaurant specializes in typical Catalan cooking, with ham from Osona, salami style sausages from Vic (famous for its pork products), and Esqueixada de bacalao (salt cod with onions and olives).
The Parador’s outdoor swimming pool is due to open from 1st June2016 until 1st October 2016.
Please note the opening and closing dates will depend on the weather and availability of lifeguards.
- L. Challands
We stayed at Vic in Catalonia the last weekend in May. The scenery and situation of the Parador was amazing, truly spectacular. We had experiences there we hadn't dreamed of. Imagine the Grand Canyon with trees and water. Driving through forests and along the edge of awesome precipices will never be forgotten. I'm really glad we went. The Parador was large, spacious and comfortable and the rooms were well appointed and the house staff efficient.
How to get there
Access to the Parador is halfway between the towns of Vic and Roda de Ter. The Parador is located 14 km from the town of Vic, but you do not need to enter the town to reach the Parador. From the direction of Barcelona take the C-17 (formerly the N-152), and from the direction of Lleída take the C-25, and follow the C-25 towards Girona until you reach the Vic-Est/Roda de Ter exit. Continue towards Roda de Ter. A few metres further on you will see the sign for the Parador. From the direction of Girona take the first exit - Vic-Est/Roda de Ter - (salida 183) off the main road, continue towards Roda de Ter and take the Parador turn-off.
Cardona - 101km
La Seu d'Urgell - 166km
Aiguablava - 177km
Tortosa - 262km
Barcelona Airport - 90km
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.