Parador de Lerma
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- Twin rooms (37)
- Double rooms (23)
- Split-level rooms (1)
- Room with living room (2)
- Single rooms (7)
- Capacity (133)
- 2 Lifts
- Deposit box
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Central heating
- Air conditioning
- Parking (charged)
- Disabled facilities
- Golf (3km)
- Airport (200km)
- Port (185km)
Parador de Lerma - 17th century palace (4*)
There are not many hotels which can offer the opportunity to stay in a palace built for royalty. Especially one which has kept its original features from when it was first erected and benefits from plush décor to make your stay all that more special.
The Parador de Lerma, set in the upper part of the town of Lerma, is a Ducal Palace which was erected between 1601 and 1617 by Francisco de Mora under the instruction of the first Duke of Lerma, Francisco Gómez de Sandoval y Rojas. The vision for the Parador was “a place of lodging, rest and general enjoyment” for King Phillip III, a sentiment which still applies to its guests hundreds of years later. The interior décor of both the rooms and communal areas is both elegant and befitting of the historical importance of this magnificent building. The Parador has retained many of its original features, a spiral turret at each corner, as well as breathtakingly high ceilings supported by stone columns. Columns are a principal feature of this Parador in both Tuscan and Ionic styles.
From the outside one may mistake the Parador for an official building of government proportions, but journeying inside shows just how much this architectural feat has to offer. A particularly special feature for the visitor to discover is an inner courtyard where one can enjoy a drink or a bite to eat in the sunshine, secluded from the outside world.
The Lerma Parador boasts several superior rooms each with different features which guarantee good views and a little more space. The superior double room and suite feature a pair of balconies from which to enjoy the views. The also suite features a sunken jacuzzi bath with views out towards the countryside for a truly relaxing experience.
There is also garage parking available for €6 per night.
The location of the Lerma Parador permits the visitor to explore the surrounding perfectly preserved historic town. The Plaza Mayor is situated just opposite the Parador and at night, its lighting emphasises the splendour of the Parador.
The medieval quarter will take you back in time with historical buildings such as the Arch, Cárcel Bridge, San Blas Convent, Santo Domingo Monastery, Pasadizo del Duque (Duke's Passage) and former collegiate church of San Pedro t.
Further afield you can find Covarrubias, a town established in the middle ages with beautiful churches such as the San Cosme y San Damián Collegiate Church.
If a monastery is on your list of monuments to visit, the Monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos can be found half an hour away from Lerma by car. The city of Aranda de Duero, famous for its wine, culinary delights, monuments and history is also worth a visit.
Lerma’s excellent location, some 45km south of Burgos, makes this a popular rest stop for those travelling through Spain from the northern ports.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Breakfast is served from 7.30 to 11.00 and dinner from 20.15 to 22.45.
It may be possible to arrive up to 22.00 and still enjoy a meal.
The Parador's atmospheric restaurant serves a range of regional dishes, including Morcilla de Arroz (blood sausage made with rice), game such as hare in season, Torta de Aranda (special olive-oil bread from Aranda), and a variety of delicious cakes and sweets made by the Poor Clares in the town’s convent.
The Parador also has a second restaurant 'La Bodeguita'- a more informal restaurant which serves 'raciones' and 'tapas', open until 23.45.
Snacks (toasted sandwiches, tapas etc) are also available in the bar/cafeteria until 23.45.
- Robert Ingram
universally felt to be very good, spacious hotel with attentive staff in the breakfast room. One of our number described the buffet breakfast as about the best ever
How to get there
The Parador is situated in Lerma's Plaza Mayor - the main square - and is easily identifiable. Lerma is located 35km south of Burgos and 199 km from Madrid, and the main access road is the A-I motorway. The nearest cities to Lerma are: Palencia (55 km), Vitoria (145 km) and Logroño (165 km).
Santo Domingo de la Calzada - 104km
Cervera de Pisuerga - 140km
Tordesillas - 140km
Argomaniz - 161km
Madrid Airport - 200km
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.