Parador de Chinchón - 17th century Augustinian convent (4*)
An air of total tranquillity pervades every corner of this former convent with its charming cloister and gardens. Situated in the old quarter of the city and approximately 50 km south east of Madrid, the Parador de Chinchón is no distance from the magnificent Plaza Mayor which on summer Saturdays became the venue for bullfights, viewed by spectators from the surrounding balconies.
Visitors to this atmospheric and beautifully restored historic building will be thankful that monasticism in the 17th century was not such an austere affair – in those days the monks and nuns enjoyed comfortable living and good eating, and these are qualities that may still be enjoyed by guests.
Chinchon’s Parador boasts richly adorned public rooms, wonderfully peaceful and ornate gardens and a swimming pool which is open during peak summer dates.