Parador de Gredos
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- Single rooms (3)
- Twin rooms (60)
- Double rooms (11)
- Room with living room (2)
- Capacity (149)
- Conference room
- Central heating
- Canal plus
- Deposit box
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Tennis court
- Airport (170km)
- Station (60km)
Parador de Gredos - Former hunting lodge (3*)
Parador de Gredos was the very first of the network of Paradors established by the government in 1928 in the idyllic location of at the foot of the Sierra Gredos mountain range on the platform of “Alto del Risquillo”. This Parador offers the perfect getaway spot in a picturesque and secluded area, surrounded by forests and magnificent scenery. Imagine spending the day hiking, fishing or riding in the winter months and returning to an invitingly warm and cosy room, with views across forests and the mountain range to remind you of the exciting day you have had. Or during the summer months, meander through the forests and by the rivers and retire at the end of the day on a terrace with a refreshing drink whilst enjoying the spectacular surroundings.
It’s not only the location which makes the Parador de Gredos a special place, in 1978 the Parador was chosen as the location to finalise the Spanish Constitution under the reign of King Juan Carlos. A trip to this Parador will not only enable you to stand where influential figures of Spanish history have stood, but to also see the plaque which commemorates this important and historic event.
The Parador de Gredos was built in typical Castillian style as a royal hunting lodge, with sturdy stone walls and pillars which emulate the rugged terrain of its surroundings. Communal areas are welcoming with large fireplaces proving a cosy atmosphere and decorated in a hunting lodge style with trophies and rifles adorning the walls. The bedrooms, some of which have balconies, are comfortable and invitingly warm in winter, which can be decidedly chilly in this region.
The Parador de Gredos’ restaurant specializes in local produce, from freshly caught mountain trout, to Avila-bred beef, and all guests should sample the famous regional bean dish, Judias del Barco.
The Parador de Gredos is ideally located to explore the picturesque surroundings of rivers, hiking routes, pine groves and nature reserves, perfect for nature lovers and sports enthusiasts alike. Not only can you enjoy views of the Sierra de Gredos, but also visible are the Tormes Valley, Sierra de Piedrahita mountains, and Gredos Massif.
It’s not only the scenery which is worth exploring, but also a perfectly preserved Roman road called “Puerto del Pico”. The excellenet workmanship of this road means it can be found in the same condition today as it was when it was first built two centuries BC.
There are many mountain trails which take you to such locations as the “Circo de Gredos” where you can enjoy views of Almanzor Peak and the mountain pool of Laguna Grande de Gredos.
A short car journey will take you to the Arenas de San Pedro, a town which not only shares the cultural and historic qualities of Gredos, but is also home to the Águila Caves, known as one of the marvels of the Tiétar Valley. These beautiful caves are made of iron minerals with naves reaching up to 20 metres high. The walls of the caves remain at 20˚C all year round and these humid temperatures result in an impressive array of ever growing stalactites and stalagmites.
Located in Castile and León a mere 170km fromMadrid, and 76km from Avila, Gredos is perfectly located to enjoy some of the best that Spain’s countryside has to offer en route to some of the beautiful surrounding cities and towns.
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 specializes in local produce, from freshly caught mountain trout to Avila-bred beef, and all guests should sample the famous regional bean dish, Judias del Barco.
- Sandra Jegat
We had a comfortable stay here, lovely food. The Parador was very quiet, we felt very privileged
How to get there
The Parador is located among luxuriant pine groves within the borders of the mountain town of Navarredonda de Gredos, 60 km from Ávila and 170 Km from Madrid. From Ávila take the N-110 and after 6 Km take the N-502 towards Arenas de San Pedro for 44 km. You will reach the AV-941, and 10 km later the Parador.
Avila - 60km
Oropesa - 103km
Jarandilla de la Vera - 106km
Segovia - 130km
Madrid Airport - 180km
Region & Cuisine
CASTILLA y LEON
In 1983 the existing regions of Castilla la Vieja (Old Castile) and Leon were united to form Castilla y Leon. Occupying one-fifth of the country’s territory, Castilla y Leon 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 Leon 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 Leon 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 Leon, 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 Leon 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 Leon, 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 ‘denominacion de origen’ of Ribera del Duero, some of whose wines are nothing short of superb.
No description of Castilla and Leon 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.