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Parador de León, León  
Construction began around 1515 on this monumental building, which features a Spanish Plateresque façade. The past makes its appearance in the Cloister, Church, Choir and Chapterhouse, and the present in the careful renovation-work, combined with an interior filled with works of art and rooms which gave shelter to pilgrims in times of old. A night's stay here is truly a luxury, offering: suites with views of the cloister, stately rooms, and a restaurant which offers: Cocido Maragato (stew), frog legs, beef sweetbreads, cured beef and goat meats and mountain meats.
Parador de Ávila, Ávila 
This Parador rises up on the former 'Piedras Albas' palace in the historical centre of monumental Ávila, backing onto the majestic city walls. In harmony with its surroundings, the interior conserves a warm, intimate air in a splendidly recovered atmosphere which enriches all the common rooms. Beautiful decorative elements, granite and abode floors, bright colours and spacious bedrooms, some with four-poster beds, make up a harmonious and bright whole. The garden also stands out, with archaeological remains, as does the magnificent glazed patio, the modular rooms and the cafeteria. In the dining room, which offers beautiful views of the garden and walls, it is possible to sample 'pucheretes teresianos' (vegetable and pork stew), roast suckling pig, veal steak, 'judías de El Barco' (beans) and the excellent 'yemas de la Santa' (a typical dessert made from egg-yolk).
Ávila - Navarredonda de Gredos
Parador de Gredos, Navarredonda de Gredos, Ávila 
The Gredos mountain range has given refuge to this stone building, the first of the Paradores, since 1928, among crystalline waters, wild rocks and green pine groves. Its location, on El Alto del Risquillo, is a privileged viewpoint over the Tormes valley, the Gredos massif and the Piedrahita and Béjar mountain ranges, becoming a centre for excursions. Its sturdy stone walls conceal an interior in which the comfortable bedrooms stand out, some with terraces. The classicism of the wood prevails in the dining room, library and living rooms. The presence of granite columns and the furniture offer the whole a traditional Castilian style. The quality of the meats and local vegetables, such as the famous 'Judías del Barco' (beans) supply a cuisine rich in roasts and comforting soups and stews.
León - Plasencia
Exterior Views Parador de Plasencia 
The former Torreorgaz Palace, built on Arabic foundations is located in the heart of the historical and artistic quarter of Caceres, a town declared as a World Heritage Site. The styles personalized in the building and its monumental surroundings are Gothic, Renaissance and baroque. The inner courtyard and cobblestone, frames, beams covered with wood and the original mantelpiece in the living room make up the interior decoration. In this context the soft cream shades of the bedrooms are defined by good taste, spaciousness and comfort.  The Parador is the former Convent of Santo Domingo, founded by the Zúñiga family in the middle of the 15th century, built in gothic style both inside and out. With its marvellous location at the very heart of the historical quarter of Plasencia, it is the ideal point from which to discover the architectural delights of this unique city, as well as the marvellous surrounding country side. 
León - Salamanca
Parador de Salamanca, Salamanca 
This Parador rises up on the left bank of the river Tormes, on a hillock opposite the monumental centre of the city. Its large windows become an exceptional viewpoint of the city, an open-air museum, in which the towers of the cathedral stand out. Elegance, comfort and spaciousness are three of the traits which characterize the common rooms, the meeting rooms and the bedrooms. Decorated with good taste thanks to the presence of marble and other luxury materials, the interior offers unsurpassable panoramic views which can be contemplated from all the living rooms, the swimming pool or from the majority of the bedrooms. The dining room offers local dishes, such as 'hornazo' (bread filled with meat), 'farinato', Iberian sausages, Hinojosa cheese, 'tostón' (roast suckling pig), 'rosquillas de Ledesma' (a type of doughnut) and 'almendrados' (macaroons). 
León - Ciudad Rodrigo Salamanca Province
Parador de Ciudad Rodrigo Salamanca Province 
Rising up on a cleft on the fertile plain of the river Águeda and covered with ivy, this castle has a keep which is an unsurpassable observatory for contemplating the landscapes of the Campo Charro. It is an ideal enclave to discover the beauty of a splendid natural setting and to admire the rich monumental heritage of Ciudad Rodrigo. After passing through its well cared-for garden, inside detailed period aspects stand out, Castilian furniture, a splendid courtyard and cheerful bedrooms, some with exceptional views. The stone arcades of the dining room inspire admiration, as does the typical Salamanca cooking, which includes a local sausage, the 'farinato', delicious roasts and Iberian hams.
León - Cervera de Pisuerga - Palencia
Parador de Cervera de Pisuerga, Palencia Province 
The privileged setting of this Parador, which forms part of the Fuentes Carrionas Reserve, determines its most representative features. Nature can be seen in all its splendour in the Picos de Europa and the blue waters of the Ruesga reservoir and the Romanesque art, which here becomes the real protagonist of the landscape, offer the site a unique, incomparable beauty. Good taste and elegance characterize the interior. Very spacious and comfortable bedrooms, with bright balconies, combine with the exquisite shade of walls, beams and ceilings covered with wood. The restaurant offers traditional Castilian cooking based on hand-made sausages, veal steak and trout with bacon.
León - Benavente - Zamora Province
Parador de Benavente Zamora Province 
The seat of parliament in 1202, this Renaissance style castle was built by order of Fernando II de León and forms part of the former walled enclosure of the town. Practically razed to the ground in 1808 during the Peninsular War, it conserves the monumental Torre del Caracol, where there is a living room with an admirable Mudejar coffered ceiling. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, the interior contains classical decorative elements such as rugs, forged lamps, coffered ceilings, wood and Castilian bricks. Its spectacular living rooms are duly equipped to promote their functional value as spaces for social gatherings. The dreamy bedrooms are comfortable, and the restaurant offers the region's gastronomic array: 'arroz a la zamorana' (Zamora-style rice), 'dos y pingada' (fried dish) and the sweet 'rebojo zamorano'.
León - Segovia - Valladolid Province
Parador de Segovia, Segovia  
Modern, welcoming and surprising, this Parador rises up in one of the most monumental cities of Spain, declared a World Heritage Site. From it can be seen the best panoramic view of Segovia. It is moreover an ideal setting to approach the numerous natural spaces of the province. The bedrooms of the Parador are spacious and comfortable, and enjoy splendid views of the city, as does the dining room and the outdoor swimming pool. The very spacious lobby displays modern paintings and design elements, in clear contrast to the simple, circular lines which frame the heated swimming pool. The splendid conference centre stands out, with several living rooms and congress rooms, and the dining room, an extensive display of regional products: 'judiones de La Granja' (beans), Castilian soup and roast lamb or suckling pig in a wood-fired oven.
León - Soria
Parador de Soria, Soria  
The Parador rises up on a privileged height from which the extraordinary panorama of this monumental town and of the Duero can be contemplated. Its splendid large windows offer a unique landscape. The shadow of Antonio Machado, present throughout the town, can also be appreciated in the Parador, which displays photographs and poems of the Sevillian author in many of its common rooms. The interior of the Parador has a very friendly appearance. The wooden floors and furniture offer a special grace to its common rooms, which are favoured by plants, paintings and engravings. The majority of the bedrooms enjoy peaceful views of the Duero valley. The restaurant, with a modern appearance, comforts the traveller with good garlic soups 'a la soriana' and exquisite French beans, without forgetting the typical 'migas' (fried breadcrumbs) and local roast lamb.
León - Tordesillas - Valladolid Province
Parador de Tordesillas Valladolid Province 
This ancestral home rises up in the historical Castilian town of Tordesillas, an important crossroads since Roman times, in a place where the green and nature offer the guest the best of the landscape. A beautiful pine grove, with a spacious, well cared-for garden, surrounds the Parador offering the tranquillity, calm and placidity of natural spaces. The Castilian style dominates in the external lines and in the interior, where some of the rooms contain valuable antiques. The tranquillity which reigns throughout the building and in its spectacular blue swimming pool are an invitation to rest and to peaceful walks. Among its culinary specialities can be highlighted grilled peppers and 'cecina de vaca' (dried beef), 'gallo de corral turresilano' (free range cock), 'bacalao a la fonda' cod with crayfish and 'el manjar de la Vega' (fresh cheese dessert).
León - Villafranca del Bierzo
Parador de Villafranca del Bierzo, León 
This Parador is located in the illustrious town of Villafranca del Bierzo, capital of a very beautiful region and former station on the road to Santiago. Its architecture imitates the lines and forms of nearby, closely-felt Galicia. The landscapes of the Ancares mountain range to the north complement the beauty of the Parador's garden. Its interior is characterized by traditional Castilian decoration in furniture in the entrance halls, chairs and wrought iron lamps. The wooden floors in the bedrooms and elsewhere offer elegance and comfort. The living room, one of the most pleasant spaces of the Parador, is welcoming and comfortable. Trout with lard and peppers, 'botillo' (local sausage), pies and stewed veal Bierzo style are some of the dishes offered by the spacious restaurant.
León - Puebla de Sanabria - Zamora Province
Parador de Puebla de Sanabria - Zamora Province 
The Parador is located in a privileged place, just 12 km from the marvellous Sanabria lake, the largest in Spain of glacial origin. In the middle of the region of Sanabria, on the border with Portugal, the Parador is ideal for taking in great lovers of travel and nature who approach this enclave to begin hikes and green tourism routes, which please the eye and calm the spirit. With a meticulous and welcoming decoration, the inner rooms offer the quality and warmth necessary to enjoy a pleasant stay. The living room, with a pleasant chimney, and some bedrooms have large windows allowing you to contemplate the much treasured historical and monumental town of Puebla de Sanabria. The restaurant features the exquisite products of Sanabria: 'habones' (large beans), trout and blackberry tart.
León - Zamora - Zamora Province
Parador de Zamora, Zamora  
This palace, built on the site of a former Roman fortress in the middle of the 15th c., rises up in the historical centre of the capital of the province of Zamora and offers the traveller the opportunity to discover all the beauty of the natural, monumental and artistic surroundings of the lands of Zamora. The medieval aroma of the interior, which can be appreciated in armour, noble rugs and attractive four poster beds, is combined with the Renaissance style of its courtyard, glazed wooden gallery and coats of arms. It has two conference rooms and a refreshing swimming pool in the well looked-after garden outside. Wooden floors and beams offer warmth to the decoration with a noble air. The restaurant menu offers excellent dishes from traditional recipes such as 'bacalao a la tranca' (cod), 'pulpo a la sanabresa' (octopus), 'presas de ternera' (stuffed roast veal), and for dessert, 'rebojo zamorano' (sweet cakes) and 'natillas almendradas' (almond custard).

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