Parador de Sos del Rey Católico
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- Twin rooms (63)
- Double rooms (2)
- Capacity (130)
- Conference room
- Central heating
- Air conditioning
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- Airport (50km)
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Parador de Sos del Rey Católico - Aragonese-style Mansion (4*)
It is unusual to find a hotel which blends in so well with its surroundings that an average passer by could be forgiven for failing to notice the building at first glance. Nevertheless, the surroundings do not take anything away from the grandeur of the magnificent Parador of Sos del Rey Católico.
The Parador is a former medieval stately home set in a perfectly preserved 10th century medieval town within high stoned walls. Sos del Rey Católico itself is part of the Cinco Villas or “Five High Towns” and is seen as the godmother of them due to its history as the birthplace of King Ferdinand II of Aragon, known as “The Catholic King”.
There are nods to the medieval era in the form of the coat of arms hanging on the wall in the communal area, regal and elegant interior wood and Castilian-style furniture, and decorative touches such as ornamental metal jugs dotted around to enhance the medieval atmosphere. These special touches are complemented by some more contemporary features, such as the fireplace set behind a glass wall.
Given the location of this Parador, its pièce de resistance is the breathtaking views over the Aragonese landscape of foothills, mountains and valleys. The outdoor terraces provide an opportunity to sit and admire these magnificent panoramic views whilst enjoying a refreshing drink. The enjoyment doesn’t have to stop when the sun goes down as the restaurant features floor length windows enabling the visitor to enjoy a romantic relaxing meal against a stunning backdrop whilst enjoying the exquisite local cuisine proffered by the Parador chefs.
With such great views of the mountains and the old streets of the town beneath, it is well worth considering upgrading (for only a modest supplement) to a superior room at this Parador. The superior rooms on the 3rd floor have terraces from which to enjoy these lovely views, the fresh air and the wonderful silence, and superior 'plus' rooms on the 2nd floor have enclosed galleries giving you more space with similar views.
For those wishing for a relaxing break, the Parador of Sos del Rey Católico is the ideal location.
Situated 120 km from Zaragoza, the town is steeped in history and appears to be untouched since its founding. In reality, the town has been restored to retain all of the charm and beauty it first had, with tall buildings and lanes just waiting to be explored. The town walls still retain seven gates and it is said that in medieval times, these were left open during the day, but were sealed of a night to prevent unknown strangers from entering. It is these unique medieval features that have led to the town’s ‘Site of Cultural Interest’ status.
The lanes are steep, but a walk around the town is well worth the trip to explore the medieval charms Sos del Rey has to offer. A trip along Calle Desengaño will unveil the Jaca Gate and Bonafonte House. This is a sizeable noble house featuring a pointed masonry archway and a coat of arms which would suggest that the residents who were living there were of noble descent. Here you can find a particularly pretty patio which is thought to be one of the most impressive of this historic town.
A wander through Plaza Mayor leads to the 16th century Town Hall built in typical Renaissance style and there is an 18th century school designed in Baroque fashion. Situated between these two buildings is Sos del Rey’s medieval market which hosts concerts and market days throughout the year.
Other points of interest include the Monastery of Nuestra Señora de Valentuñana, which houses magnificent effigies and frescoes, and the ruins of the medieval castle Sada Palace, where Ferdinand II of Aragon was born and consequently from whom the town of Sos del Rey Católico took its name. Originally built in the 15th century, it was reconstructed in the 17th and 18th centuries and the inner courtyard, walls, and a fortified tower make up the remains which now house the Ferdinand II of Aragon Visitor Centre.
For those seeking more energetic activities, the nearby Yesa reservoir offers the opportunity for water sports, swimming and sailing, and is haven for nature lovers and sports enthusiasts alike.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Breakfast is served from 8.00 to 11.00, dinner from 20.30 to 22.30 and from 20.30 to 23.00 on friday.
It may be possible to arrive up to 22.00 or 22.30 on friday and still enjoy a meal.
The Parador's restaurant offers such local dishes as rabbit escabechado (a sauce with vinegar and bay), Ternasco a la Aragonesa (roast suckling lamb) and Bacalao al ajo arriero (salt cod cooked with peppers, potatoes and onion).
- M. Bailey
Elegant and spacious, I guarantee this Parador will make any dusty traveller sigh with pleasure on arrival at this oasis of impeccable service and standards.
How to get there
To the north of the Cinco Villas region, 122 km from Zaragoza and 58 km from Pamplona /Iruña, the Parador de Sos del Rey Católico is located at the end of the medieval wall, rising up above the town. The main A-127 road is the normal access route.
Olite - 51km
Calahorra - 121km
Argomaniz - 139km
Hondarribia - 173km
Bilbao Airport - 220km
Region & Cuisine
Aragon, which comprises the provinces of Huesca, Teruel and Zaragoza in located in north east Spain sitting on theFrench border. Northern Aragon is blanketed by the raw mountain peaks of the Pyrenees, the highest and, for many, most beautiful section of the mighty mountain range – a rare delight for the eyes and a massive natural adventure playground with not only Spain's finest hiking and climbing but also much of its best skiing, canyoning, rafting and paragliding opportunities.
Besides the Pyrenees, Aragón is dotted with natural parks, forests and swathes of countryside. These include Moncayo Natural Park; world heritage-listed Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park, the Sierra y Cañones de Guara Natural Park, known for its birds of prey; and the Valles Occidentales Natural Park, with its many rivers and a vast lake. Enjoy walking around lovely old mountain villages, ruined castles and provincial towns, contrasting with several modern resorts and the city of Zaragoza.
Further south, various other sierra ranges keep the topography varied, while the Ebro River, Spain’s second longest river, runs across the entire region.
Aragon is famous for its morcilla, a blood sausage which includes rice and pine nuts and is used in many hearty Argaonese dishes. Fresh trout, crayfish and cod are served in many different ways and a popular dish is Bacalao al Ajoarriero, salt cod flavoured with garlic, parsley and dried red peppers.
The green Aragonese plains are fertile so you will find many vegetable gardens and fruit orchards growing apples, cherries and peaches. Desserts are well spiced and for festive occasions candied fruits and marzipan are served.
One of the most characteristic dishes of Aragonese cuisine is roast lamb, known as ternasco, which is usually served with potatoes and little seasoning, relying on the meat’s good quality and juices to provide flavour.
Some of the region’s most well-known products include ham (jamón) from Teruel, olive oil from Empeltre, Arbequina olives, sweet varieties of onion, and unusual vegetables such as borage and globe artichoke.
Sweet Aragonese specialities are the guirlache (a type of nougat), Frutas de Aragon, also called Delicias de Aragon (a confit of fruit covered in chocolate) and Espanoletas (a type of local biscuit).
The best-known wines of Aragon are those from Carinena, Somontano (Huesca), Calatayud and Campo de Borja.
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.