Parador de Zafra - 15th century castle (4*)
The Parador de Zafra, set in the medieval quarter of this beautiful city, offers an ideal base in which to explore the impressive historic surroundings. Appearances can be deceiving and, at first glance, the Parador seems to be a fortress, but journeying inside this magnificent building unveils a perfectly preserved palace.
In 1437, a member of the Suarez de Figueroa family of Galicia, Lorenzo, chartered the building of a magnificent fortress, which during the 16th and 17th centuries was converted to a palace and now houses the spectacular Parador de Zafra.
This Parador, which is steeped in history, still maintains the original nine towers which were built in Moorish style and throughout the property, elements can be found from the Baroque and Renaissance styles of the 16th and 17th centuries. If you look up when you enter the Parador, you will see there is still a reminder of the Suarez de Figueroa family present, in the shape of coats of arms which decorate the hallway.
Parador de Zafra’s bedrooms are spacious and elegant, and decorated in a classical style fit for royalty. The Parador's interiors offer throwbacks to its ducal history with coffered ceilings, ironworks, and large chests adorning many communal areas. These areas, such as the beautifully arcaded courtyard, constructed by the famous Spanish architect Herrera, well-tended garden, and outdoor swimming pool (open during peak summer months) provide the perfect place to unwind after a day's exploring.
The Parador de Zafra's restaurant features many regional dishes such as lamb stewed with red wine, paprika and vegetables, Migas Extremeñas (a dish of savoury fried breadcrumbs and pork), and Solomillo Ibérico al queso de los Ibores (pork sausage and Iberian pork sirloin with goat’s cheese).
- Book a superior room to benefit from views of the plaza.
- To enjoy a walk along the top of the castle's fortified walls, ask a member of staff how to access the tower to take advantage of this fantastic experience.
Parador's 'Gastrobar' concept
Extensive lunch and dinner menus are served in the 'Gastrobar', which offers a range of meal options from light snacks to 3 course dinners in an informal but well serviced environment. We hope you enjoy this experience.