Halfway between León and Zamora, dominating a a crossroads of ancient pathways, stands the Parador de Benavente on the remains of the castle of Los Pimentel. The Parador includes the Renaissance Torre del Caracol, which is home to a magnificent Mudejar coffered ceiling and a period bar.
The décor, with tapestries, cast iron lamps and handmade materials will transport you to another age. The Gardens of La Mota that surround it, and the spectacular views over the valleys of El Tera and El Órbigo, make it the ideal place to relax, with spots such as the swimming pool and terraces where guests can take it easy and enjoy a well-deserved rest.
Benavente was one of the most important stopping points on the Vía de la Plata, and as such its castle was an important political centre; a place where the union of the kingdoms of Castile and Leon was celebrated, and where Carlos V held his first council after being declared emperor.
The castle-palace was commissioned by the Counts of Benavente as an extension of the already 12th c. existing castle. The Renaissance style Torre del Caracol, completed in 1504, was one of the most important additions, and is now the architectural emblem of the Parador.
Rooms to dream about
The rooms at Paradores combine design and modern services to perfection. In each room you can enjoy the comfort and elegance of the design and furnishings, and the best views in destinations you will want to return to again and again.
All the comforts you need
Conferences and meetings
Minibar with a carefully selected selection of products
Flat screen TV
Seasonal swimming pool
Digital press and magazines service
Sale of gift items
The best regional cuisine in unique spaces
Paradores offers the exclusive experience of enjoying regional, local and local cuisine in unique spaces. Our cuisine is strongly linked to the places where the 98 hotels are located, presenting the best gastronomy from the different Spanish regions. Pioneers in local cuisine, we have reinforced our commitment to local products in search of the best raw material and reaffirming our commitment to sustainability.
Benavente has always been a key crossroads in Spain, especially on the Jacobean routes. From the Parador you will be able to see some, such as the Camino de Oriente, the Camino de Valladolid, the Camino de Asturias, the Valle del Tera Route or the Vía de la Plata, converted into a Vía Verde and one of the best walks in the region. But Benavente is much more than a crossroads. Lose yourself in its historic center and be amazed by its Plaza Mayor and stately homes, or the churches of Santa María del Azogue and San Juan del Mercado.
Benavente offers you richness and variety. Are you interested in culture? Take the Zamora Archeology Route and learn about its Celtic origins, or take advantage of its strategic location to visit León and Zamora, both less than an hour away. Do you prefer nature tourism? In the Arribes del Duero Natural Park you will find a deep canyon opened by the river, with walls up to more than 200 meters high. Explore it on foot or on an idyllic river cruise. Looking for a more active experience? The province offers spectacular hiking routes, such as the Senda de los Monjes or the Route to the Tejedelo Forest.
Church of Santa Maria del Azogue
Church of San Juan del Mercado
Hermitage of Solitude
Medieval bridge of the Esla river
La Mota Castle: Caracol Tower
Hospital de la Piedad
Santa Marta de Tera Church (26 km)
Moreruela Monastery (25 km)
Routes: Archaeological, Tera Valley, Sierra de la Culebra, Tierra de Campos, Pimentel
Bird watching in Lagunas de Villafáfila
Historic complex and lake of Puebla de Sanabria
Arribes del Duero Natural Park