Photos courtesy of Parador de Jarandilla de la Vera
Double rooms: 85–180 euros
Single rooms: 80% of double room rate
Rates include tax. Breakfast extra.
Open: all year
To reach the town of Jarandilla, follow C-501 between Plasencia and Arenas de San Pedro. Bus connections can be made from both towns.
On site: tennis; seasonal
Nearby: horseback riding; hiking; swimming; Yuste monastery
The castle’s square and round towers stand at the corners of its rectangular grounds. The original walls and drawbridge remain, as do heraldic shields on the walls.
Made of local stone, the castle has a rugged quality that is softened by a peaceful surrounding garden filled with climbing roses, lemon trees, and a pond. A small gateway leads to a stone courtyard adorned with Carlos V’s coat of arms, beautiful glazed tile work, and embellished with a double gallery of columns.
Wall tapestries, paintings, ceramics, and armor decorate the interior.
Several of the comfortable guest rooms feature four-poster beds. Charles de Gaulle once stayed in the Royal Suite.
The medieval-style dining room has wood-beamed ceilings, leather-backed chairs, and wrought-iron chandeliers. The menu offers typical dishes of the region, such as lamb stew, fried bread crumbs, and stewed partridge.
Beautiful views and a peaceful setting