Parador de Argómaniz
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- Twin rooms (53)
- Capacity (106)
- Conference room
- Central heating
- Canal plus
- Deposit box
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- EV Charging Station
- Golf (12km)
- Airport (70km)
- Station (12km)
- Port (90km)
Parador de Argómaniz - Renaissance Palace (4*)
Situated on top of a hill with breathtaking views across to Vitoria and the Rioja Alava wine region, this 17th century Renaissance style palace became a Parador in 1978.
The Argómaniz Parador was originally owned by the influential Larrea family in the 17th Century, becoming a palace in 1712. Its claim to fame comes from having been used as Napoleon's headquarters during the Peninsular War thanks to its proximity to Vitoria.
Even though the Parador de Argómaniz has undergone a refurbishment in recent years, the pillared doorways and stone staircases help to bring the history of this beautiful Parador to life. The result is a light and airy property with a modern twist on decoration which retains the character of its 17th century origins.
The architecture of the palace is interestingly unconventional in its use of wood. There are no eaves to the building, so the wooden timber beams, resting on wooden pillars, which support the roof are exposed making for fascinating authentic decor. Local belief is that the loft was formerly used as a granary, but today that loft has been removed and now houses the dining area which provides breathtaking panoramic views from one of the many port-hole style windows. These incredible views can also be admired from the terrace where you can enjoy a glass of wine, indulge in a good book or just take in the impressive surrounding scenery.
The Parador de Argómaniz's bedrooms are bright and airy, decorated in a fresh, contemporary style. Some rooms benefit from views over the stunning Alavesa plains. The public areas are welcoming, many featuring the original pillars and stonework of the original palace.
Typical Basque dishes, such as La Merluza Koskera (hake served with asparagus, peas and egg) and Goxua (sponge cake with syrup and whipped cream, finished off with confectioner’s cream), are served in the Argómaniz Parador's restaurant.
Please note the Parador now has facilities for charging electric vehicles, the cost of which is payable locally.
Upgrade to a superior room for views of the Alavese plain.
The Parador is set in the small village of Argómaniz, the perfect location for enjoying quiet walks in the countryside whilst admiring the scenery. Activities such as golf and horse riding are available in these parts and, for the more adventurous traveller, there are also hang-gliding and water sports facilities.
For those looking to explore further afield, the city of Vitoria can be found a mere 12km away. Vitoria was founded at the end of the 12th century and today still boasts a picturesque medieval city centre. Here you will find the cathedral of Santa María, a number of palaces and various museums. The architecture of the town hall building is of particular interest with its rows of balconies and grand columned façade.One can also enjoy a relaxing walk in La Florida Park, which is conveniently located right at the heart of the city.
Just an hour’s drive north of the Parador will take you to Bilbao and the beaches of San Sebastián which are popular amongst tourists and locals alike.
An hour south of the Parador will take you to the Rioja Álava wine region, home to the famous Marques de Riscal vineyards. Keep an look out for the eye-catching Marques de Riscal hotel designed by Canadian architect Frank O. Gehry, the man behind Bilbao's famous Guggenheim Museum. On the way down to the region, be sure to stop off at the “El Balcón de La Rioja” observatory to experience magnificent views over the Álava plains.
Argómaniz really is a fantastic location to enjoy both the best of the Basque Country and Rioja wine country.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Breakfast is served from 7.30 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.
In the spectacular dining room, you may try local Basque dishes such as "La Merluza Koskera" (hake served with asparagus, peas and egg) and "Goxua" (sponge cake with syrup and whipped cream, finished off with confectioner’s cream).
How to get there
Located 12 km from Vitoria/Gasteiz, the Parador de Argómaniz is located in the Larrea Palace. From its summit you can make out the Plains of Álavesa and the mountains of Urbasa and Gorbea. The Parador is easily reached from the N-1 main road--Madrid-Irún--which it is next to; you then take the Km 363 turn-off and from here, the town of Argómaniz is 1 km away.
Santo Domingo de la Calzada - 75km
Olite - 120km
Hondarribia - 125km
Sos del Rey Catolico - 140km
Bilbao Airport - 80km
Region & Cuisine
Situated in the north on the French border, the Basque Country is defined by its unique language, wonderful beaches, cosmopolitan cities, beautiful greenery and its award-winning cuisine.
The beaches and coastal areas overlooking the Bay of Biscay make up one of the most magnificent natural coastlines in Spain with promontories creating picturesque sweeping landscapes. The coast provides plenty of opportunities for sailing, fishing and swimming and the city of San Sebastian makes full use of its wonderful coastal location offering both city and beach breaks to visitors. The city has become very popular with tourists over the past couple of decades with many renowned events such as the annual international film and jazz festivals and its appointment as European Capital of Culture in 2016 cementing its position as one of Spain’s top cultural centres.
The region’s capital, Bilbao, is also a cultural hub with the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum exhibiting some of the world’s best contemporary artworks. The commercial and shopping centres and plethora of pintxos bars, restaurants and cafes make it an ideal metropolis for a short city break and with ferry connections to Portsmouth and an international airport, it has never been easier to reach Bilbao.
The charming town of Hondarribia is less than 15 miles from San Sebastian and sits right on the border with France looking across the Bidasoa River over to the French town of Hendaye. Hondarribia’s historic walled old town is home to a number of old aristocratic buildings including the Parador, a former 10th Century Castle. The town has a number of restaurants and bars, mainly around the main square and riverside, offering regional fare, often heavy with rich seafood. Hondarribia also has its very own Michelin-starred restaurant within walking distance of the Parador.
Whilst the region’s dramatic coastline is a draw for many tourists, we must not forget the green and fertile interior. Wonderful areas of natural beauty and a hilly landscape make for excellent conditions for hiking, cycling and river fishing for those looking for more active holiday.
Basque food and restaurants have been on the international radar for many years now. Home to Spain’s highest concentration of Michelin starred restaurants, with there are no fewer than seven in San Sebastian alone including the famous such as the famous ‘Arzak’ restaurant; it is believed that the Basque Country has one of the highest concentrations of Michelin stars per square metre in the world, a must-visit for any true foodie.
If your tastes (and budget) are looking at more traditional and relaxed menu, then the Basque Country also has the perfect alternative, pintxos. The Basque equivalent of tapas, pinxtos are typically served on top of a small piece of bread and pintxos bar crawls are a popular activity in the old towns of Bilbao and San Sebastian.
With its coastal locations, it can come as no surprise that fish and seafood feature heavily in local dishes and the Basque Country.
The Basque Country is also perfect for wine-lovers with Eltziego and the Alava vineyards producing delicious vintages. One of the most famous brands, Marques de Riscal (another of Gehry’s architectural feats), which is located in the Alava province. The eye-catching hotel and vineyard welcome visitors for wine tours and to dine in the haute-cuisine restaurant. Argómaniz is located in the heart of the wine region enjoying wonderful views of the Alavese plains and the perfect base to explore the nearby wineries and vineyards.
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.