Parador de Plasencia
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- Twin rooms (9)
- Double rooms (8)
- Room with living room (49)
- Capacity (132)
- Conference room
- Central heating
- Air conditioning
- Canal plus
- Deposit box
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Swimming pool
- Disabled facilities
- Station (1km)
Parador de Plasencia - Medieval Convent (4*)
Take a trip to Plasencia and step back in time to the 15th century. Everything is where you would expect it to be. In the old quarter of the town you will find a rather spectacular looking monastery next to an equally beautiful cathedral and both are situated on the main square right at the heart of the town. Today the former 15th century monastery houses the remarkable Parador de Plasencia.
The Parador has been beautifully preserved so as to retain the atmosphere and memory of its original use. Upon entering the grand reception area you will be greeted with flagstone floors and amazing huge stone and brick archways which elicit a light, airy and indeed spacious feeling. Walking around each corner will unveil an architectural feat, from the freestanding staircase, to the intricately bricked vaulted ceiling.
Nothing has been disturbed but instead the Parador de Plasencia has cleverly managed to enhance the monastery by introducing some modern touches to the building, such as a spa, gym and outdoor swimming pool. There is no jarring between authentic and contemporary design, which ensures the Parador remains a tranquil environment in which you can relax and unwind. Nor has anybody tried to mask over the main features of the monastery, instead features such as the crypt have been made into communal areas for visitors to sit and enjoy.
By day you can follow in the footsteps of the monks who have walked these paths many times before in a previous era, exploring the cloistered areas, corridors decorated with antique furniture and stone carvings, as well as the outdoor courtyard. Another contemporary touch is the spacious outdoor pool which offers respite in hotter seasons.
By night, the Parador is subtly lit illustrating its beauty. A good vantage point is the outdoor terrace which overlooks the courtyard gardens, where you can enjoy a refreshing drink whilst soaking up the atmosphere of your surroundings.
The Parador bedrooms are in keeping with the theme of the rest of the building. Each offer different features including stone fireplaces, wooden ceilings, chandeliers, and stone and brick archways.
If you are staying at the Parador in springtime, it is well worth visiting the Jerte river valley to see the flowering white cherry trees. Visitors come from all over the world to experience this beautiful sight!
The Parador de Plasencia in all its historic beauty is not out of place in its location. The old quarter also offers the original city walls, albeit now in remains, and two of the eight original gates to the city including the “Puerta del Sol” or “Sun Gate” and a smaller gate named “Postigo de Santa María” or “Santa María Gate”.
Next door to the Parador in the “Plaza Mayor” you will find the stunning Cathedral which features both Gothic and Renaissance styles.
In honour of the square’s weekly Tuesday markets which have been running for 800 years, the town celebrates “Marte Mayor” or “Great Tuesday” where vendors and farmers from the region meet together to show off and sell their best products. The fiesta is so highly regarded that it has earned its status as a national tourist attraction. This annual festival is normally held on the first Tuesday in August, but do make sure you check the festival dates before you travel.
For nature lovers, the Sierra de Gata mountains, the La Vera and Las Villuercas areas, and the Siberia Hills not too far away offering fantastic opportunity to enjoy the Spanish countryside.
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.
In the impressively decorated restaurant – originally the refectory - guests will enjoy sampling such regional specialities as Sopa de patatas (potato soup), Lomitos de cordero (lamb roasted in honey) and Compota de higos de La Vera (local figs stewed in syrup).
The opening dates for the outdoor swimming pools are yet to be confirmed for 2019 but are expected to be in line with this years date (01 May until 14 October 2018)
Please note the opening and closing dates will depend on the weather and availability of lifeguards.
- Mrs Coates
We were lucky enough to be upgraded to room 401, a very nice, comfortable, large suite with its own terrace - very enjoyable. The food was excellent, the best we had. The team in the Dining Room made us feel especially welcome
How to get there
Upon entering Plasencia, the Parador may be reached through the Puerta de Coria. At the end of the street you will find yourself in the Plaza de San Vicente Ferrer, where the Parador stands.
Jarandilla de la Vera - 56km
Trujillo - 80km
Caceres - 85km
Madrid Airport - 250km
Region & Cuisine
Consisting of just two provinces (Cáceres and Badajoz) of roughly equal size, the Autonomous Community of Extremadura is the fifth largest in Spain but probably one of the least known. It is also one of the least populated, with just 27 inhabitants per square kilometre compared with the national average of 75.
Geographically, Extremadura borders the regions of Castilla y León to the north, Castilla La Mancha to the east and Andalusia to the south, with Portugal forming the border to the west. Extremadura has no coastline but two major rivers cross the region from east to west: the River Guadiana, which runs south through Portugal to reach the coast on the easternmost Algarve, and the River Tajo (Tagus in English) which flows west to reach the Atlantic in Lisbon. The climate of Extremadura is similar to that of northern Andalusia – winters are relatively mild and summers can be, and often are, very hot.
Essentially a rural region, Extremadura has a variety of landscapes. In many places mountainous and with an abundance of water, the region’s many nature reserves are a haven for an exceptional variety of wildlife. In particular, above Monfragüe Nature Park (one of the largest of these reserves, between Trujillo and Plasencia) the sky is dotted with tawny vultures, black storks, golden eagles, peregrine falcons and Egyptian vultures. At ground level foxes, wildcats, badgers and especially lynx inhabit the region’s many forests. And everywhere there are storks with their nests on houses, churches, belfries, rooftops, traffic lights, radio masts...
Known as the land of the Conquistadores, Extremadura provided a significant number of the noblemen, friars and adventurers who – following the return of Columbus from his voyages of discovery – embarked upon the colonisation of the Americas. Statues of many of these ‘worthies’, including Francisco Pizarro and Hernán Cortes, can be found throughout the region.
The principal cities of Extremadura are Badajoz, Cáceres, Plasencia and Mérida – all steeped in history with perhaps Badajoz, due no doubt to its proximity to the Portuguese border, developing more than the others into a modern commercial metropolis. Cáceres, a university city, is well worth visiting, its historic quarter having been bestowed with the title of World Heritage City and considered the third monumental ensemble in Europe. Plasencia, founded in the 12th century by king Alfonso VIII, boasts an important artistic heritage which has merited its declaration as an Ensemble of Historical and Cultural Interest.
Special mention, however, must be made of Mérida, the capital city of Extremadura. Mérida was also the capital of the Roman province of Lusitania, and an important centre during the spread of Christianity. Founded in the year 25 BC the city retains many remarkably well preserved examples of Roman architecture including the Roman Theatre, the huge Amphitheatre, the Arch of Trajan (a triumphal arch dedicated to the Emperor Trajan) and the Roman Bridge, one of the largest of its kind with 60 arches and over 800 metres in length. The monuments of Mérida were designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993.
The cuisine of Extremadura is typified by centuries old recipes, such as the varieties of lamb dishes adapted from the Moors, and by making use of the excellent agricultural produce available throughout the region in many versions of soups and stews. Also particularly good are the cured meats from the areas using the name ‘Dehesa Extremeña’, and freshwater fish (trout, tench) from the rivers. The region produces several excellent cheeses from ewe’s milk and goat’s milk, a notable and delicious example being ‘Casar de Cáceres’. Both Islamic and monastic influences are discernable in the region’s wide range of desserts and other sweet treats. Extremadura produces both red and white wines, and a sparkling ‘cava’, and for the more adventurous two liqueurs of note – one made from cherries and the other from acorns. Should anyone really want to know, the latter is produced in the hills of La Vera in the north-east of the region.
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.