Photos courtesy of Parador de Ciudad Rodrigo
Double rooms: 90–170 euros
Single rooms: 80% of double room rate
Rates include tax. Breakfast extra.
Open: all year
Ciudad Rodrigo is just over the Portuguese border on N-620. Buses and trains stop here. Salamanca is 86 km to the east.
Nearby: horseback riding; exploring the town’s ramparts, cathedral, and main plaza
Although devastated by time, the castle is now expertly restored. With its square keep and crenellated walls—which remained intact through the years—the outside of the parador looks somewhat austere, but flowers and ivy growing over the building soften that effect.
Inside, the atmosphere is warm and charming. Tile floors are highly polished, and regional handicrafts decorate the hallways and public rooms. Brightly colored bedspreads and rugs accent the cozy guest rooms. One room still has its original vaulting. Bathrooms are modern.
An attractive dining room provides views of the river and surrounding countryside. The menu includes such regional specialties as cured hams and sausages, pork filets, and trout.
The entire town of Ciudad Rodrigo is a Spanish National Monument.