Parador de Zamora - Renaissance palace (4*)
During the Middle Ages the town of Zamora, due to its strategic location to the west of Valladolid and close to the Portuguese border, was the focus of many battles between the Moors and Christians, it was eventually recovered from the Moors by El Cid. In 1459, long after the Moors were expelled, the Count of Alba and Aliste ordered a new palace to be built on the ruins of the old Arab fortress, and this now houses the Parador de Zamora.
Occupying this beautiful Renaissance building in centre of the town, the Parador de Zamora has retained many of the building’s original features such as the grand stone staircase and the arcaded courtyard. The historic atmosphere of the interior is enhanced by many tapestries, suits of armour and heraldic banners; its exposed wooden floors and beams add to the general air of nobility. This truly is a historical gem and its central location makes it the perfect base for exploring the city’s old town.
Zamora’s Parador has spacious guestrooms decorated in the style of the historic building, but with a few contemporary touches. The central inner courtyard is surrounded by glass and is the principal feature of the Parador; in warmer months this area serves as outdoor terrace for the Parador’s restaurant. In summertime, guests can also enjoy the verdant gardens and the Parador’s seasonal swimming pool. You can also take advantage of the fully fitted gym and sauna.