• Parador de Siguenza

Route of the castles and palaces of Castile

Route of 3 nights

Paradores on the Route

  1. Parador de Sigüenza
  2. Parador de Lerma
  3. Parador de Benavente
BOOKING ROUTE

In Spain, the silhouettes of castles in the countryside and palaces in the cities are frequent sights. Impressive buildings that have been preserved over the centuries, some of which have become very special lodgings. Paradores offers a route for you to discover three of the most spectacular.

 

Route available until December 2022 (included).

This route starts on Sunday

Day 1

Parador de Sigüenza

Parador de Sigüenza

Plaza del Castillo, s/n, 19250, Sigüenza

+34 949390100

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Sunday

We begin our route in Sigüenza, in Guadalajara, known precisely for its castle. Together with the cathedral, which houses the famous sculpture of the Doncel, this building is the most representative of the city. Next to the cathedral is the Plaza Mayor, formed by two sides of porticos, stately houses with arches and coats of arms. Admire the remains of the wall and two of Sigüenza’s entrance gates: the Puerta del Sol and the Arco del Portal Mayor. If you are interested in sacred art, visit the Diocesan Museum of Ancient Art. You can also visit the Romanesque church of San Vicente, the Episcopal Palace, the Renaissance church of Nuestra Señora de los Huertos and the convent of San Francisco. If you want to explore the area around Sigüenza, just a few kilometres away is the Barranco del Río Dulce Natural Park. There are routes for exploring the forests and the river canyon on foot or by bike. The Parador de Sigüenza, where we will stay, is located in the medieval castle that dominates the whole of the city. Kings, cardinals and bishops resided in this 12th century fortress that was built over an Arab citadel. The cobbled courtyard, rooms with wooden balconies, the 13th century Romanesque chapel and the vaulted dining room will take you on a journey back in time.

Day 2

Parador de Lerma

Parador de Lerma

Plaza Mayor, 1, 09340, Lerma

+34 947177110

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Monday

From Guadalajara we head for Burgos. In Lerma, the Ducal Palace, which was the envy of the court of Philip III, awaits. The Duke of Lerma had a palace built on the remains of a medieval castle with four towers, something that was only permitted in royal palaces. The Parador de Lerma preserves the original architecture of the palace, with stone walls, more than 200 iron balconies and a slate roof. Inside, the impressive cloister and interior courtyard, where Lope de Vega premiered his plays 500 years ago, are particularly noteworthy. It is located in the Plaza Mayor of Lerma, one of the largest in Spain measuring almost 7,000 square metres, and one of the most emblematic places in the town. Lerma also has an extensive network of convents and monasteries, and of particular note is the Collegiate Church of San Pedro. Do not forget to visit the Prison Arch and the Ducal Passage that connects the Parador to the Collegiate Church of San Pedro.

Day 3

Parador de Benavente

Parador de Benavente

Paseo de la Mota, s/n, 49600, Benavente

+34 980630300

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Tuesday

On the third day of our trip, we approach Zamora. Halfway between this province and León lies the Parador de Benavente, built on the ruins of the Castillo de la Mota, where Charles V held his first court council after being named emperor. The Parador de Benavente conserves the original tower of the first construction, and houses a magnificent Mudejar coffered ceiling. Benavente is situated at the crossroads of important historical routes such as the Silver Route and the Eastern Way. Highlights in the town centre include the churches of Santa María del Azogue and San Juan del Mercado, the Hospital de la Piedad and the Plaza Mayor. In the area around Benavente is the Arribes del Duero Nature Reserve, where you can take a river cruise on the Duero, and a short distance away are the cities of León and Zamora.