Parador de Segovia
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- Single rooms (13)
- Twin rooms (77)
- Double rooms (16)
- Room with living room (7)
- Capacity (213)
- Conference room
- Central heating
- Air conditioning
- Canal plus
- Deposit box
- Garage (charged)
- Swimming pool (seasonal)
- Tennis court
- Disabled facilities
- Airport (110km)
- Station (3km)
Parador de Segovia - Modern hotel with superb city views (4*)
This beautifully designed Parador is located just 3km from the medieval city of Segovia and boasts stunning panoramic views of the old quarter, the site of Castile and León’s renowned 2,000 year old roman aqueduct. From the hotel, many of the city’s famed medieval structures can be seen rising from its skyline, including the spectacular Alcázar fortress and the city’s grand Gothic Cathedral. The interesting multi-level structure and large windows of the Segovia Parador are designed to capture the best of the city views on offer.
A short distance away from the city, the location of the Parador de Segovia allows you to keep the city in sight, whilst proffering an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of visitors the historic city attracts. With a spacious lawn and carefully-designed shaded areas around the pool, you can cool down after a day’s sightseeing with a swim against the backdrop of Segovia’s skyline.
The Parador de Segovia has a splendid conference centre, an outdoor pool (open during the peak summer months), a heated indoor pool, a gym, a sauna, a tennis court and facilities for the disabled, and the spacious and bright comfortable bedrooms all share the fine views of the city.
Awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1985, the medieval city of Segovia features structures built as far back as the 1st century. Walking through the city’s old quarter, the Roman, Moorish, and Gothic architectural influences can be seen in many buildings. Most famously in the city’s prominent roman aqueduct, arguably one of Castile and León’s most recognisable attractions, standing at nearly 30m tall with over 170 arches, it provides the entrance to the city’s old quarter.
The Alcázar is a popular site amongst many visitors, offering beautiful panoramic views of the city, and steeped in a fascinating history. Built in the 12th century atop a rocky crag at the meeting point of the Eresma and Clamores rivers, it provided an ideal military base. Since its construction it has played a prominent role in royal history and the rise of Queen Isabella I who took refuge in the palace on the death of her father King Henry IV. Its fairy-tale style design is said to have had a great influence on Walt Disney.
The rich history of the city is a huge attraction for many visitors, and its medieval streets were mentioned in Miguel de Cervante’s infamous ‘Don Quixote’. In fact, literary history played an influential role in Segovia, and it was here that the first book was printed in Spain. Romanesque walking routes offer opportunities to explore the old quarter’s numerous historical and religious buildings, including the city’s grand cathedral nicknamed ‘the lady of all cathedrals’. Rumoured to be the last Gothic cathedral built in Spain, it is situated at the highest point in Segovia, offering spectacular views. The routes also cover visits to the historic Corpus Christi Church, previously a synagogue, and featuring a mixture of Christian and Jewish architectural influences which can be seen throughout the city.
Situated just 90km from Madrid Segovia is a very popular destination for visitors from the Spanish capital. Similarly, for visitors hoping to make a trip into the city from Segovia, it is a short 35 minute train ride (or 90 minute bus journey) to the centre of Madrid.
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 an extensive display of regional products: "judiones de La Granja" (beans), Castilian soup and roast lamb or suckling pig in a wood fired oven.
The opening dates for the outdoor swimming pools are from the 15 June until the 15 September 2019.
Please note the opening and closing dates will depend on the weather and availability of lifeguards.
- R. Balfour
Where else could you not only have a fantastic buffet breakfast but also have panoramic views over the city of Segovia as well? The rooms have spellbinding views and we even had a balloon festival to view!
- Mrs S. of Sherborne
We have visited this impressive city before. The Parador is set in a stunning position with spectacular views of the Cathedral, Alcazar and Viaduct. We had requested room 206 and got it! Unfortunately this parador is not really disabled friendly – it should be but it is not. Disabled parking by entrance and then a very steep slope up to the entrance. Lifts and rooms OK but 6 steps up to the Bar and bar terrace and many steps down to the pool and lawns. The worse thing is that there are three steps up and then many more down to enter the dining room. So the only way for anyone with walking difficulties or wheelchair users is through the storerooms and the kitchens. A member of staff has to unlock an external door, take you along a passage to the lift up and then a considerable walk after that. It is possible but not very pleasant for the guest and inconvenient for the staff. However, to give praise where praise is due, Malcolm had an email from the parador to say that they are going to address this problem and are hoping to make alterations. The Cathedral is disabled accessible and so is the Alcazar.
How to get there
The Parador is located on the 'El Terminillo' estate, 3 km from the aqueduct, the most emblematic monument of Segovia. It is reached along the N-601 main road from Valladolid.
Avila - 65km
Tordesillas - 116km
Toledo - 158km
Salamanca - 162km
Madrid Airport - 100km
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.