Parador de Benavente - Medieval castle (4*)
Benavente’s Parador is named after Ferdinand II, the 12th-century king of León who built the original castle. Much of the old castle was destroyed by Napoleon in 1808, but the 16th-century Caracol Tower, an imposing castle-palace that dominates the town, survived, and forms part of the Parador which was opened in 1972.
The building is noted for its coffered ceilings and Castilian brickwork, while old paintings, rugs, wooden floors and iron lamp fittings have enhanced the historic atmosphere. The bedrooms are large and decorated in a classical style, yet still light with large windows. Many benefit from balconies and views over the Parador’s lovely gardens.
A grassy sun terrace flanks the seasonal outdoor swimming pool where guests can relax amongst the surrounding greenery.
The restaurant has a banquet-hall feel to it, keeping in tune with the Parador de Benavente’s history. In the restaurant you may sample such dishes as Bacalao a la tranca (salt cod served with roasted red peppers), Perdiz estofada al modo de la Tierra de Campo (partridge casserole with onion, bacon and wine) and Florón Castellano (a flower-shaped pastry).