Luxury hotel holiday Hacienda Zorita near Salamanca

Hacienda Zorita is home to a fascinating array of food and wine experiences in the midst of a wonderful riverside setting in Valverdon in Salamanca. A stone's throw from the city, Hacienda Zorita promises the simple pleasures of the region, including the fine Michelin-starred menu of Zorita's Kitchen. Wine-themed experiences available here include a unique wine spa.  
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Madrid
  • Hire of a group A car for the duration of the holiday
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, car and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hacienda Zorita, near Salamanca

Hacienda Zorita is a 5-star luxury hotel in a converted 14th century monastery in a beautiful rural location. Award winning cuisine and pampering Wine and Olive spa afford guests a tranquil retreat.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 5

Location The hotel is about 20-minutes' drive from the city of Salamanca

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Madrid

Distance from airport The hotel is over 2-hours' drive from Madrid Airport

Closest railway station Salamanca

Distance from railway station The hotel is about 30-minutes' drive from Salamanca Station

Hotel facilities and services

Zorita's Kitchen Restaurant, Wine Bar, Lounge, Wine Bar, The Wine and Olive Spa, Wine Cellar, Fireplace Lounge, Terrace, Swimming Pool, Room Service, Valet Parking, Laundry and Pressing Services, Complimentary Newspaper, Babysitting Services (on request), WiFi, 24-hour Welcome Service. Day trips to Hacienda Zorita Organic Farm and Hacienda Zorita Natural Reserve can be arranged.

Complimentary

Wi-Fi free throughout the hotel.

Out and about nearby

Salamanca is just seven miles away, with the cathedrals, plazas and palaces of the ancient UNESCO protected Old City.

Sports nearby

Golf, Sailing and Water Sports.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Double room for 7 nights

From about

£1,260

Holiday Code EXH1489

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hacienda Zorita, near Salamanca

On the banks of the River Tormes, which runs into Salamanca seven miles away, Hacienda Zorita is a luxury wine hotel and spa steeped in history. Founded in 1366 as a monastery then converted into an innovative flour mill in the 19th century, the original buildings were recently brought back to life as home to the Marques de la Concordia wines. The facade of the La Casa Grande building is reminiscent of an aristocratic English manor house, yet its architecture is firmly of the central region. Interiors retain exposed stonework where possible, particularly in Zorita's Kitchen, where the dining experience emphasises rugged, home-grown cuisine under the direction of Michelin-starred Chef Victor Gutierrez. Drawing much of its produce from Hacienda Zorita's very own organic farm, the menu is made up of Mediterranean dishes and hearty regional staples of bread and wine. The atmosphere is sociable, with mismatched seating around large tables for communal dining. Each of the 40 rooms, suites and villas is individually decorated and furnished with the utmost comfort in mind, while views are either of the vineyard or the river. Other on-site facilities include swimming pools and a unique wine spa. The wine-themed experiences of Hacienda Zorita are endless thanks to the age-old vines that have adorned this sprawling riverside plot for over seven centuries. Daytrips from this rural retreat to Salamanca make for magical historical excursions.

Room descriptions

Hacienda Zorita has 40 rooms, suites and villas throughout its grounds. Rooms and suites are located in La Casa Grande, Villas are in Estancias de las Vinas. Views are either of the vineyards or the river and 19 have a balcony or terrace. In-room amenities include air conditioning, minibar, safe, TV, DVD player, hairdryers, bath amenities, and complimentary WiFi. Rollaway beds or cribs can be provided upon request.

Double Room
Suites
Villas

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Double room for 7 nights

From about

£1,260

Holiday Code EXH1489

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hacienda Zorita, near Salamanca

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Hacienda Zorita Wine Hotel & Spa in Valverdon, Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with British Airways from London to Madrid. Flights may be available from other UK airports with Easyjet and Jet2 for example. If you are combining this hotel with stays elsewhere, you may want to consider flying into one airport and out of another. We can arrange this for you. The hotel is about 2 hours and 50 minutes’ drive from the airport and we recommend the use of a hire-car for a holiday including this hotel.

Additional information

Children: Children's menus available at Zorita's Kitchen. Rollaway beds and cribs can be provided for children.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Double room for 7 nights

From about

£1,260

Holiday Code EXH1489

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hacienda Zorita, near Salamanca

About Heart of Spain

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to the Heart of Spain feature some of the best four and five star hotels in central Spain, featuring vineyard hotels, rural estates and city properties. Located at the geographical heart of Spain is its vibrant capital, Madrid, where days can be filled with art galleries and atmospheric outdoor cafes, and evenings promise an energetic nightlife. Surrounding the city are the dry plains of the country's central plateau which are divided by spectacular mountain ranges and dotted with numerous castles, magnificent cathedrals and ancient Roman ruins. The regions which make up Spain's central plateau have all played a hugely important role in the history of modern Spain, which is evident in the numerous castles which were built to protect towns and villages as the Moors fought the Christians in the 10th and 11th centuries. These are some of the least visited parts of Spain where few tourists venture outside of the main cities, ensuring that visitors will leave feeling like they have discovered something new. At the centre of Spain is Madrid, where atmospheric cobbled streets link bustling squares which are filled with pavement cafes and flea markets, whilst tree-line boulevards are overlooked by neo-classical buildings. Surrounding the city are the dry plains of the country's central plateau which are divided by spectacular mountain ranges and dotted with numerous castles, magnificent cathedrals and ancient Roman ruins. To the north of Madrid is Castilla y León, an elevated region which has played a hugely important role in the history of modern Spain. Rolling countryside is littered with historic cities, isolated villages and mediaeval castles, built by the Christians to defend against the Moorish invaders. Salamanca, Avila, Segovia, León, Valladolid and Burgos are all home to a wealth of art and stunning architecture, including Gothic cathedrals and Roman structures. Away from the cities are natural attractions including mountain ranges and nature reserves, with wheat fields and vineyards covering the high plateaus. To the south and east of Madrid is Castilla-La Mancha, an expansive region with dry plains stretching towards mountains in the distance. The predominantly flat scenery is made up of olive groves, wheat fields, extensive vineyards, hilltop castles and the iconic windmills described by Cervantes. Head to the historic city of Toledo, where Christian, Jewish and Arab cultures blend to create a popular tourist destination, or to Cuenca, a dramatic town where houses seemingly dangle over a plunging gorge. Further west towards the border with Portugal is Extremadura, a region with green pastures and rolling hills, forests and fertile river valleys, as well as charming towns boasting stunning examples of Roman architecture. Elaborate palaces and manor houses are found in clusters throughout the region, built by conquistadors with gold from the New World.

Highlights of the Heart of Spain

The three world-class art galleries which make up Madrid's Golden Triangle of Art, home to works by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Francisco de Goya. The historical sights of Old Madrid, including the lavish Royal Palace, the grand Plaza Mayor and the city's spiritual centre, Puerta del Sol. Parque del Retiro, a popular spot for relaxation in the centre of Madrid with a boating lake. El Escorial, a large royal residence just outside Madrid which also functions as a monastery and is where many Spanish monarchs are buried. The Gothic cathedrals of León, Burgos and Toledo which feature stunning stained glass, mediaeval art and elaborate sculptures. The numerous castles which are scattered across the region including the Gothic-style Belmonte Castle, the Mudejár Coca Castle and the Moorish Alcazaba of Badajoz. The university city of Alcalá de Henares, birthplace of Cervantes, the 16th century author who wrote about the adventures of Don Quixote. The walled city of Ávila. The university city of Salamanca. Segovia, with its Roman Aqueduct and distinctive castle. Cuenca, a picturesque old town with houses which appear to hang over a gorge. The iconic windmills which sit on the plains near Consuegra. Roman ruins in Mérida. Elaborate palaces and manor houses in Trujillo and Cáceres. The wine-producing regions throughout central Spain including Ribera del Duero, La Mancha and Valdepeñas where visitors can visit vineyards and enjoy wine tastings. Mountain ranges which divide the central plateau, with many opportunities for walking and rock climbing.

Festivals in the Heart of Spain

February: Caja Madrid Flamenco Festival, February to March: Madrid Carnival, February to March: Madrid Contemporary Art Fair, March/April: Holy week celebrations, May: San Isidro bullfighting festival (Madrid), May/June: Toledo Corpus Christi processions (Toledo), July to August: Madrid summer arts festival, October: Saffron Rose Festival (Consuegra), October: Cervantes Week (Alcala de Henares), October to November: Madrid Autumn Festival

Gastronomy in the Heart of Spain

As expected, Madrid is home to some excellent restaurants serving a great range of cuisine from throughout Spain and around the world. Roasted meat and game as well as a variety of broths and stews are common features on menus throughout central Spain, where traditional cooking is simple and hearty. Cuisine varies slightly between the regions, with more paprika and saffron being used in the south. Various pulses are grown on the plains of Castilla y León, whilst Manchego cheese produced in La Mancha and high quality Ibérico ham is produced in Extremadura. There are a number of wine regions which produce high-quality red and white wines. Local dishes include ‘Pollo a lo Padre Pero’ (chicken with a spicy sauce), ‘El frite’ (fried lamb), ‘Sopa de ajo’ (garlic soup), ‘Pisto manchego’ (similar to ratatouille), ‘Yemas’ (a rich dessert made with egg yolks).

Climate in the Heart of Spain

The climate of central Spain is generally quite extreme, with extremely hot summers and bitterly cold yet dry winters. Rainfall is generally quite low thanks to the mountains which surround the region. Madrid can be almost unbearable in the summer months as temperatures reach 40 degrees, whilst during the temperatures regularly drop below freezing. Spring and autumn are the best times to visit as temperatures are warm and pleasant, although there is increased rainfall.

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