Hotel Condes de Alba y Aliste
In 1459 the Count of Alba and Aliste built his palace here on the ruins of an Arab "alcazaba" (fortress).
The building opened as a Parador in 1968 and in its conversion the cloisters
and the carving on the main staircase were carefully preserved.
The medieval atmosphere inside Zamora Parador has been maintained with tapestries, suits of armour, noble rugs and heraldic banners.
The bedrooms are large and comfortably furnished and many have four poster beds.
It is located in the historical centre of the capital of the province of Zamora and offers the traveller the opportunity to discover all the beauty of the natural, monumental and artistic surroundings of the area.
Outside, there is an attractive, well looked after garden with a swimming pool set in a large lawned area.
Meals may be taken in the dining room or on the terrace outside. As is usual in the Parador Group, the menu features local dishes as well as international cuisine. The regional dishes worth tasting include:
With the meal, try the locally produced wine "Sangue de Toro". It comes from the local village of Toro but is usually translated as 'bull's blood'. Due to its alcohol content , moderation is advised.
Zamora is often called 'the pearl of the twelfth century' and time should be taken for a visit. The cathedral was founded in 1135. In the cathedral museum there are tapestries given in 1608 by the Count of Alba and Aliste with scenes of Hannibal's journeys and the story of Troy.
Also worth a visit is the Convent of las Duenas, and the churches of Espiritu Santo, Magdalena and San Cipriano.
Look at the statue in the main square of the famous guerilla leader, Viriatus, who won eight battles against the occupying Roman armies. The red flashes in the coat of arms of the city remember his exploits.
Toro is famous for more than its wine. A visit to the church of Santa Maria la Mayor is worthwhile. Pause to reflect on the difficulties of living in the past because you are on the site of the bloody Battle of Toro fought in 1476.
The Easter celebrations in Zamora have been declared as of "International Touristic Interest" with processions through the streets.
This Parador hotel has forty twin bedded rooms, five with a double bed, six suites and one easy access room. All the rooms have a private bathroom a telephone, internet access, satellite television, safe and mini bar.
There is air conditioning and central heating in the Parador of Zamora. Other facilities include wireless internet in communal areas, currency exchange, lift, car park (limited places and no reservations), satellite television, a gift shop and a seasonal swimming pool, restaurant and bar. Conference facilities are available if requested.
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Plaza de Viriato, 5
49001 Zamora, Zamora
Latitude: 41° 30' 9.5574" N (41.50276016035345)
Longitude: 5° 44' 54.3768" W (-5.748703479766846)
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|Comment posted by Michael Hauben|
|Our ten day stay at Parador, Zamora, in October was outstanding. The location is superb--easy walking distance to the cathedral and castle. The room was very spacious and offered a lovely view. The restaurant food is gourmet class. Literally every day, upon returning to our room after breakfast, we found the room already completely cleaned. Service was superb, whether on the part of the chambermaids, restaurant staff, or the front desk. The Director of Reservations was particularly helpful in arranging for a late checkout...|
|Comment posted by Jo Tucker|
|We enjoyed our short stay at the Parador in Zamora this spring. The staff were friendly and helpful and the building itself extremely atmospheric. We had no parking problems as we were travelling by train and found it perfectly placed to explore this interesting old town visiting the cathedral and castle and sitting in the lovely squares. Our room was very clean and well appointed with a lovely view down to the river. We were entertained by various stalks visiting their nests on the church towers and had lovely spring weather. The breakfasts were excellent but we ate out each night so can't vouch for the restaurant. Finding a reasonable evening meal was a bit difficult as most restaurants serve big lunches so we went 'Spanish' on our last day and found some tapas in the evening. We recommend the Tourist Train with its good English commentary. The decor throughout the Parador was thrilling and did not disappoint being an old palace in the past. We would certainly recommend it to anyone travelling through that part of Spain. Perhaps the fact that the pool isn't ready for use till June could be added to the website otherwise a good find.|
|Comment posted by John Smith|
|The Parador is architecturally and historically interesting and well located in the old city. The reception desk is somewhat slow in processing arrival and departure. Parking can be a problem the car park has limited places if you are lucky enough to get a parking slot it can be a nightmare maneuvering in and out and there is no procedure for making reservations. If there is none available, parking is possible outside next to the building but inconvenient because parking tickets have to purchased every four hours otherwise you could be fined by local police, parking is free after 9pm until 8am daily & after 2pm on Saturday & all day Sunday, there is paid parking at a public garage five minutes from the Parador. The decor in the parador itself is exactly what one would expect, slightly faded, totally appropriate for the building. Our room in the old historical part of the parador was good and clean, overlooking one of the main squares, from where it was possible to look down taking care not to lean on the balcony railings some of the bolts had broken. The restaurant food is mediocre with limited menu choices but eating in the restaurant itself can be an experience a specially when the chef loses his temper with the waiting staff but not a bad Irish coffee. The breakfast is good. Our overall impression of the Zamora Parador not the best of the 21 Paradors we have stayed in to date.|
|Comment posted by Faustino Gomez|
|Have been in Zamora twice this year, and will return many times more. The Parador is architecturally and historically interesting and well located in the old city. The reception desk is somewhat slow in processing arrival and departure.Parking at our second visit was a problem since none was available, except outside next to the building but inconvenient because parking tickets had to purchased every four hours otherwise you could be fined by local police. We ended paying for parking at a public garage five minutes from the Parador.|
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The Parador hotel of Zamora in a fifteenth century renaissance Palace.