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  • Twin rooms (61)
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  • Capacity (132)
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Telephone
  • Central heating
  • Air conditioning
  • TV
  • Satellite
  • Deposit box
  • Minibar
  • Lift
  • Parking
  • Garage (charged)
  • Garden
  • EV Charging Station
  • Gym
  • Tennis
  • Swimming pool
  • Airport (65 Km)
  • Port (45 Km)
  • Port (65 Km)

Parador de Limpias - 20th century palace (4*) 

The Parador

Located just a few minutes from the coast in the little village of the same name, the Parador de Limpias is conveniently situated roughly half way between Bilbao and Santander above the right bank of the river Ason. It comprises a 20th-century palace designed by Emilio de la Torriente for a local nobleman.

The Palacio de Eguilior, as it is known, was used as the summer home of the council of King Alfonso XIII (reigned 1886–1931), and is surrounded by 5 hectares of park land containing many rare specimen trees.

A recently added extension to the palace is a light and airy modern wing, designed in the Bauhaus style and offering bright, spacious rooms. The entrance to the palace grounds consists of a 20th century arch, truly reflecting its noble history. A pretty courtyard to the front of Parador de Limpias leads you into the grounds for a very pleasant stroll, and you can continue along the riverbank to further enjoy the views. The grounds also include expansive gardens, a tennis court and a swimming pool. The interior of the Parador has all the elegance one would expect of a former palace, and guests are greeted by a grand staircase fit for royalty. Other facilities available at the Parador include a gym, a sauna and an indoor heated swimming pool.

The Parador de Limpias boasts a restaurant which comes with excellent reviews and offers both seafood from the nearby coast, such as Marmita (a traditional fisherman’s stew) and clams sautéed in parsley sauce, and hearty fare from the Cantabrian mountains, such as Cocido montañés (a bean and sausage casserole). The large dining room offers views over the wonderful parkland.

Please note the Parador now has facilities for charging electric vehicles, the cost of which is payable locally.

Local area

Limpias is a small municipality located in the Eastern part of Cantabria. Its primary features being the surrounding countryside and beautiful historical buildings, it is a popular site for those wishing to explore rural areas of Spain.

Since the early 20th century Limpias has been considered significant to many Spanish Catholics. Rumours began circulating in 1919 of people claiming to have seen the famous sculpture of Christ, located in the San Pedro Church, weeping. This made the area a popular pilgrimage spot with many of the devout travelling to see this miracle.  Even today some still make their way to the church to pray to the famous figure.

Its popularity among nobility during the 16th century is reflected in the large stately homes and palaces that make up the municipality. Its ancient Ribero port was particularly important during this period with ships departing for England and Flanders carrying iron, wood, and wheat sourced from Cantabria.  This rich history is commemorated through Limpia’s River Museum, situated on a local river walk footpath. 

The marvellous beaches of nearby Laredo attract many swimming enthusiasts. Opening out onto the Bay of Biscay, in the past its unique waters were a luxury of the surrounding nobility, and today it is popular among many tourists who flock to the northern coast to take advantage of the incredible swimming conditions.

A short hike or drive from Limpias brings you to the small town of Ampuero. Famed for its running of the bulls during the San Fermín festival, it is also houses the shrine of the virgin ‘Bien Aparecida’, the patron saint of Cantabria.

One of Limpias most attractive qualities is its ideal location between the northern cities of Santander and Bilbao, both of which are less than an hour’s drive away. Therefore Limpias is an excellent choice for travellers looking for somewhere close enough for visits yet away from the busy city centres.

Click here for Lorna Roberts' expert view of this Parador as she journeys through Asturias and Cantabria

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.

The Parador de Limpias boasts a restaurant which comes with excellent reviews and offers both seafood from the nearby coast, such as Marmita (a traditional fisherman’s stew) and clams sautéed in parsley sauce, and hearty fare from the Cantabrian mountains, such as Cocido montañés (a bean and sausage casserole).

Swimming Pool

The opening dates for the outdoor swimming pools are from the 01 July until the 15 September 2019. The indoor swimming pool is always open.
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 of Limpias. From Santander, take the A-8 motorway towards Bilbao until junction 173 (Colindres-Ampuero-Limpias), where you must change to the N-629 road towards Burgos-Logroño. Take the Limpias exit after 1 km. From Bilbao, take the A-8 towards Santander and exit at junction 173 (towards Burgos-Logroño). Take the Limpias exit after 1 km. From Madrid, take the N-1 motorway. In Burgos, take the N-623 towards Santander, or the A-1 toll-road towards Bilbao. From Castilla-León, take the N-627 towards Reinosa-Torrelavega-Santander. The Parador is 44 km from Santander and 60 km from Bilbao.

Nearby Hotels

Santillana - 70kms
Argomaniz - 127kms
Fuente De - 156kms
Santander - 44kms
Bilbao Airport - 60kms

Region & Cuisine


As with the other neighbouring regions comprising ‘Green Spain,’ the principal attractions of Cantabria are essentially coastal and rural. The region’s rivers, beaches, cliffs, valleys, mountains and forests combine to create a mosaic of contrasting landscapes.

Cantabria’s climate is temperate. With relatively  warm winters and summer temperatures rarely exceeding 25°C this is an ideal region of Spain to visit at any time of  year, particularly for those wishing to avoid crowded cities and resorts. The entire population is only a little over half a million and getting on for half the population live in the region’s capital city, Santander.

Santander is a beautiful and elegant city with many public parks. Like San Sebastián further east along the coast, it has been a popular destination for many Spaniards since the mid 19th century when it became a fashionable bathing resort and the summer residence of  the Spanish royal family. A particular feature of the city is the residencial area of El Sardinero with its stretch of lovely beaches with fine sand.

24 km to the west of Santander is the remarkable little town of Santillana del Mar which, despite its name, is not actually on the coast. The entire town is a national monument and a  living museum of a medieval 9th century village, although most of the town displays a variety of architectural styles ranging from the 14th to the 18th centuries.

Another major attraction, just 3 km from Santillana, are the Altamira Caves. Discovered in 1879 and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO,  the caves are known throughout the world  for their paintings made by early man during the late Paleolithic period some 14,000 years ago.

The cuisine of this region is of a high quality based on fresh products from its fertile farmland and, in the south of Cantabria,  its excellent cattle-grazing land – not to mention boar and venison  in the mountain villages during the hunting season. Particularly  recommended are the traditional Cantabrian stews (cocido) – no additives, just fresh top-quality ingredients. Needless to say there  is also a wide choice of sea food:  clams and lobster figure prominently, while bass, hake, monkfish and red mullet are normally on most menus.  

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. 

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