Photos courtesy of Parador de Zamora
Double rooms: 85–190 euros
Single rooms: 80% of double room rate
Rates include tax. Breakfast extra.
Open: all year
Zamora is 62 km north of Salamanca on N-630. Buses and trains link Salamanca with Zamora. The parador is located in the center of the old city, 2 blocks from the Plaza Mayor.
On site: swimming pool
Nearby: walking tour of the old city; Holy Week processions
Combining a feeling of austerity and splendor, this large stone structure opens onto an impressive cloistered courtyard surrounded by glass partitions.
A monumental stone staircase with Lombard carving leads up to glassed-in balconies. Beautiful antique furniture, tapestries, and carpets adorn the hallways and rooms. Old armor, chests, wood paneling, fireplaces, and potted plants complete the picture.
Guest rooms are roomy and comfortable; for an extra treat, try the suite that faces the square.
The dining room has a view of the swimming pool and the distant countryside. Its menu features roast kid and other Castilian specialties.