Parador de Santo Dom (B. de Fresneda)
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- Twin rooms (24)
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- Capacity (94)
- Conference room
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- Golf (4km)
- Airport (60km)
- Station (17km)
- Port (130km)
Parador de Santo Domingo Bernardo de Fresneda - 16th Century Convent (3*)
The Parador de Santo Domingo (Bernardo de Fresneda) is situated south of Bilbao on the old pilgrims’ route to Santiago de Compostela and within easy reach of San Sebastian and Pamplona. Although not the original Parador of the town - the 4* Parador de Santo Domingo de la Calzada is located about 800m away - this Parador was converted and inaugurated early in the 21st century as a separate, smaller property, and is the ideal base from which to explore the beautiful landscapes of La Rioja wine region as well as the town itself.
The Parador is located in the hospice of a former convent built in the 16th Century. It has 47 comfortable rooms, some with 4-poster beds that combine deep shades with solid Castilian oak furniture and traditional stone walls, to create an atmosphere of pure history.
Less than half an hour away is the wine town of Haro, where many of the most celebrated Rioja wine names are established and there is a golf course only 4 km away. Its location on the 'Way of Saint James' or the 'Camino de Santiago' pilgrimage route, its design, and its unmistakable cultural value make it the ideal location to enjoy rural tourism, nature walks, wine tours and to enjoy Northern Spain at its best.
Occupied early on by the Goths, Celts, Romans and Moors, the town began to flourish when the Camino de Santiago, the St James' Way, became a regular route for pilgrims across the north of Spain. The first bridge over the river was built in 1044 to encourage trade and passage, and defensive works were carried out later in the 11th century. The name of the town is attributed to Saint Dominic, ''de la Calzada'' referring to the Roman road that passes through the region. In 1973, the old quarter was declared an area of artistic and historic interest, to be protected, and within this vicinity lie the Pilgrims' Hospital, the site of the first Parador de Santo Domingo de la Calzada. Later in the 21st century, the Parador Santo Domingo Bernardo de Fresneda was created and added to the network, given the demand for accommodation in the La Rioja region. The role of this Parador was initially a 'training Parador' for hospitality students - one of 2 Parador escuelas - before the Parador became fully incorporated into the network.
The town is well situated to visit the fam0us vineyards of the La Rioja region, a region that not only produces some of Spain's finest wines, but also exports large quantities of vegetables such as asparagus, peppers, artichokes, tomatoes and potatoes to British supermarkets.
The town lays claim to many minor miracles and one major one, that of the cock and hen. A German family travelling to Santiago de Compostela were distraught to find their son accused of theft and hanged, following the accusation of a local girl scorned by the lad. The parents continued their pilgrimage to Santiago but on their return they discovered that their son still lived, seemingly under the protection of Saint Dominic. They appealed to the local judge, who was at table at the time, and he vehemently denied that the lad could survive the hanging. He declared that if it were true, the cock and hen cooked and served before him would rise up and sing, which they promptly did. You can still see today a cock and hen on display on the side of the original church, in reference to this tale.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Breakfast is served from 8.00 to 10.30.
This Parador does not have its own restaurant, although lunch and evening meals are served in the excellent restaurant of the Parador Santo Domingo de la Calzada, only 600m from the Parador. It may be possible to arrive up to 22.00 and still enjoy a meal.
How to get there
The Parador is in the historic centre of the city, in the Plaza de San Francisco, just 600 metres from the other Parador, Santo Domingo de la Calzada, next to the cathedral. Santo Domingo de la Calzada is 46 km. from Logroño and 68 km. from Burgos by the N-120 road, and 18 km. from Haro, via the A-68, towards Zaragoza-Bilbao/Bilbo.
Santo Dom. de la Calzada - 0.6Km
Argomaniz - 75km
Calahorra - 95km
Olite - 130/136km
Soria - 151km
Bilbao Airport - 120km
Region & Cuisine
Although one of the smallest of Spain’s Autonomous Communities, Rioja – or La Rioja to give it its correct name – must surely be one of the best known, at least by name. Essentially a rural region, the fertile land is cultivated with special care and produces excellent fruit and vegetables and, of course, grapes for wine. But what makes the grapes so special? A major factor has to be the climate.
To the north of La Rioja lies the Basque Country and Navarra, whose proximity to the Cantabrian Sea is responsible for mild temperatures. To the east are Aragón and Catalonia, bringing warmth from the Mediterranean. Add to this a harshness of climate from the south, from the centre of the Iberian Peninsula in the region of Castilla y León, and the resulting mix is – judged by the results - clearly ideal for the purpose. Logically, the influence of the north is felt more in the north of the region, hence ‘Rioja Alta’ or Upper Rioja while the Mediterranean influence is more evident in the south, in ‘Rioja Baja’or Lower Rioja.
The capital city of La Rioja is Logroño, on the River Ebro in the extreme north of the region and ‘en route’ to Santiago de Compostela for pilgrims travelling the Way of St James. Also on this route is the historic city of Santo Domingo de la Calzada which owes its name to a hermit who in the 11th century devoted his life to helping the pilgrims by building bridges, inns and by working miracles... The old Pilgrimage hospice, founded by the admirable St Dominic, is now the splendid Parador, facing the celebrated Cathedral.
Less than 10 miles from Santo Domingo is the wine capital of La Rioja, Haro - not to be missed. An elegant town with several attractive mansions, the emphasis here is of course on the product itself with the Wine Museum and the presence of many of the best known names in the business sure to keep the visitor happy.
Riojan cuisine is famous for its healthy, hearty country dishes. A few typical examples: ‘Menestra de Verduras’, best described as a ‘medley of vegetables’; ‘Patatas a la Riojana’, potatoes flavoured with chorizo; roast lamb or kid; stuffed peppers and, particularly in the north of the region, a whole variety of stews. And to go with all this? What else but ‘vino tinto de Rioja’.
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.