Parador Hotel Villafranca del Bierzo
The Parador Villafranca del Bierzo, the capital of this very beautiful region, has reopened following an extensive renovation.
Villafranca del Bierzo used to be an overnight stop for pilgrims walking to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia.
From the Parador there are scenic views of the Piedrahita del Cebreiro Pass and of the Ancares mountain range to the north of the town.
The Parador's garden is filled with flowers and bushes, and the wild grapevine spreads onto the facade of the building.
The Villafranca del Bierzo Parador is clad in stone and slate in the style of the region and neighbouring Galicia. While the interior gives the elegance, status and comfort of a custom designed contemporary building. It has a large restaurant, cafe and lounge. The restaurant has a special menu for those on a gluten free diet.
The main menu concentrates on the cooking of the local area. Try some of the regional dishes such as:
The old area of Villafranca del Bierzo has been declared a 'Historic-Artistic Monument'. Other old sites nearby include the pre-Romanic church and the Celtic huts of O‘Cebreiro and particularly the old Roman gold mines of Las Medulas which have been declared a 'Heritage of Mankind'.
On January 28th, there is the San Tirso procession with pipes and bands. At Easter, local celebrations include concerts of sacred music while the festival of Santisimo Cristo de la Esperanza is held on September 14th.
In the 'sierra' (mountains) of Ancares, there are walks and tracks for mountain bikes, Other activities include flights in a micro light or to go fishing, hunting, swimming, or canoeing on the Burbia river.
This Parador has sixteen double bedded rooms, twenty eight twin rooms, three junior suites and two suites. There are also two rooms with facilities for disabled guests.
All the bedrooms have a private bathroom, telephone, television with canal plus, safe and a mini bar.
The hotel has air conditioning, heating, currency exchange and a bar. In the garden there is a children's play area.
The Parador of Villafranca del Bierzo has a heated and a seasonal swimming pool and a sauna.
There is a car park but it does not have security and there is a limited number of places.
New multi-purpose function rooms were created during the recent refurbishment which can be combined with use with the guest patio. These are suitable for conferences and all kinds of social events and have a total area of approximately 280 square meters which can be divided into smaller rooms.
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Parador Villafranca del Bierzo
Avda. Calvo Sotelo, 28
24500 Villafranca del Bierzo, Leon
Latitude: 42° 36' 13.5648" N (42.603760064934846)
Longitude: 6° 48' 46.6158" W (-6.812912821769714)
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|Comment posted by Anne Pemberton|
|We really enjoyed our stay in Villafranca del Bierzo. The parador is modern, the rooms are very comfortable and attractive, and we enjoyed all our meals. It is not as luxurious as some other paradores, but the price is lower, and it was the nicest place to stay in the area. The town is delightful and has a lot of character, with many old, beautiful churches and monuments. The whole area is really interesting, with beautiful scenery - vineyards, hills, and medieval villages We'd visit again.|
|Comment posted by Joann Schladale|
|We were pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago and splurged at the Paradores along the way. All are wonderful and we heartily recommend staying at them. Accommodations are excellent, food is delicious and staff were helpful with making arrangements throughout our journey.|
|Comment posted by Rita Clarke|
|Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this Parador. The bedrooms were newly refurbished and extremely clean, comfortable and quiet. The hotel was ideally situated for easy access to both the town and the motorway. Breakfast was very good, with an excellent selection available. Unfortunately dinner was a disaster, not because of the food but the complete lack of atmosphere. Harsh fluorescent lights and very few diners in a large room and the waiting staff were dressed like chambermaids. There are plenty of restaurants nearby however and we would still return to this Parador.|
|Comment posted by Julia Paterson|
|The most modern Parador we stayed in but very comfortable. Help with bags, friendly staff, restaurant recommendations. Would stay again if in the area.. Pretty little town to visit whilst friends were doing the more serious walking.|
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The hotel Parador de Villafranca del Bierzo is in a vine covered country house.