Parador de La Granja
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- Rooms (127)
- Capacity (254)
- Conference room
- Central heating
- Air conditioning
- Canal plus
- Deposit box
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Swimming pool
- Station (11 km)
Parador de La Granja - 18th century buildings within grounds of the Royal Palace (4*)
Set within sumptuous 18th century buildings, the Parador de La Granja de San Ildefonso distinguishes itself through its remarkable history. King Juan Carlos of Spain officially opened the Parador in June 2007 and it occupies a palace which had been designed for King Felipe V and used as a summer residence for many successive kings throughout several centuries.
With an unmistakable royal atmosphere, La Granjas’ Parador offers all of the modern amenities expected of a 4-star contemporary hotel. Its 127 bedrooms are located within the original ‘Casa de los Infantes’ – the Princes’ house - built by Carlos III. The former headquarters of the King’s bodyguards are now home to a conventions and business centre supported by state-of-the-art technology.
Marble interiors contribute to the bright and airy atmosphere of the Parador, and locally-made glass chandeliers give the entrance a delicate and sophisticated air. In addition, the spa and its facilities such as the heated indoor swimming pool, revitalizing shower and ice fountain will make your stay exceptionally relaxing.
With its large dining area and terrace, the restaurant of the Parador fulfils every guest’s wishes. The high standard of cuisine presented at the Puerta de la Reina restaurant incorporates traditional and contemporary dishes. You can also sample traditional products prepared with special care, such as the broad beans of La Granja or the renowned Valsain raspberries accompanied by the Paradors’ exemplary wine selection.
- Treat yourself to one of the fabulous treatments offered at the Parador’s Spa.
- Enjoy the beautiful architecture of the hotel by sitting in the stunning atrium, the best viewpoint to observe the arches at the heart of the Parador.
The Parador de La Granja is situated in the north-western region of Castilla y Leon, known for its breath-taking landscapes. From Segovia, which is only 11 kilometres away from the Parador, you can explore the beautiful countryside by foot, bicycle, horse and even kayak via the beautiful Gorges of the Duraton River. The city of Segovia is in itself an unmissable excursion, as it is home to a great variety of historical monuments. Set among the numerous palaces, convents, churches and towers, the city’s crowning glory is the Roman aqueduct which dates back to the first century and has 166 arches - truly a must-see.
The city of La Granja also provides plenty of cultural and educational activities. If the glass chandelier in the entrance hall of the hotel has caught your eye, you can visit the Royal Glass Factory which produced it right behind the Parador. On top of a sensational exhibition, the museum offers classes and courses on the arts and crafts of glass creation.
Located inside the Royal Palace of La Granja, the Tapestry Museum is also worth seeing; some of the tapestries exhibited date back to the 17th century and fit perfectly with the Palace, a place steeped in history. The impressive garden of the Palace of La Granja welcomes every visitor who wishes to wander through its 170 hectares arranged in a typically French style (said to be styled on Versailles). Full of surprises, the garden is also home to 26 water fountains which put on a magnificent show every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Among the most outstanding ones are the Baroque fountains at the Baths of Diana as well as the sumptuous cascade in front of the Palace.
Close to the Parador de La Granja, the municipality of Pedraza and its medieval main square also constitutes a worthwhile visit. Having a walk in this beautiful little village, which is only a 45 minutes’ drive away from the Parador, proves to be not only relaxing but also entertaining. You can admire the old town gate and the castle which hosts a museum honouring the castle's owner and painter, Ignacio Zuloaga, in one of its towers.
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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 offers a high standard of cuisine including regional dishes such as suckling pig as well as national and international cuisine, accompanied by Paradors’ typically extensive wine selection.
The Parador’s outdoor swimming pool is due to open from mid-June 2016 until mid-September 2016.
Please note the opening and closing dates will depend on the weather and availability of lifeguards.
How to get there
La Granja is located in the southern part of the province of Segovia, in the vicinity of the Guadarrama mountains and 11 km from Segovia itself. From Madrid, take the AP-6 road. After the Guadarrama tunnel, take the AP-61to exit 88 ("todas direcciones"), and the SG-20/N110 ring road, following the signs for La Granja. La Granja is 98 km from Madrid.
Segovia 11 Km
Madrid Airport 100 Km
Chinchon 124 Km
Tordesillas 128 Km
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.