Toledo is awesome, and a favorite resting stop on most tourist’s trips to Spain. They’ll often spend a couple of days there and stay the night at the wonderful Parador de Toledo. But as beautiful as Toledo is and as great as that Parador is, there are actually more interesting places to stay just a little farther away.
Case in Point: the Parador de Jarandilla de la Vera
OK, maybe not just a little farther, Jarandilla is about 115 miles west of Toledo. But if you’re spending the night it’s worth the while. Why? Because at the Parador de Toledo you’ll sleep like a tourist surrounded by tourists, but at the Parador de Jarandilla you’ll rest like a true Spaniard. Like a member of the Spanish Royal Family, in fact.
That’s right: the Royals themselves stay at the Parador de Jarandilla when they’re in town. When we were there last January, they were set to arrive the day after we left. The royal lineage of this Parador dates back to the 16th century when King Charles V himself would stay there. It’s an authentic Spanish royal experience, for the price of a Fairfield Inn here in the USA.
Today the Parador is impeccably renovated and preserves its medieval flare with a gorgeous courtyard and old-world Spanish furnishings throughout. It also includes modern amenities like a pool, restaurant, and Wi-Fi. There’s a cozy bar area that’s a great place to chat late into the evening over a glass of Spanish wine, or catch up with the rest of the world via your iPad’s internet connection.
It’s also a wonderfully soothing place to start your day.
The hotel is surrounded by moats and lakes adjoining Jarandilla’s forest-covered foothills. It’s a supremely peaceful and natural place, a level of tranquility you won’t find in Toledo. Jarandilla is a small town of some 3000 people so you can easily walk to get around, and you’re minutes away from the nearby Gredos mountains and a short drive up to the Monastery de Yuste, where Charles V lived his final days.
We’ll be back to visit in late April, and can’t wait to stay at the Parador once again.
Note: a special Thank You to our friend JMIR for his excellent photo work in this post. You can read about him here.