Luxury hotel holiday Parador de Villafranca del Bierzo Villafranca del Bierzo, near Leon

The Parador de Villafranca del Bierzo is a 4-star hotel located on the edge of this beautiful town of churches, monasteries and convents. Surrounded by mountain slopes dotted with small farms and trees, this hotel is a charming stop on the Way of St James pilgrimage route traversing northern Spain. Enjoy stunning views of the southern Ancares Mountains whilst relaxing in the garden with its seasonal swimming pool. Sample the delicious local cuisine at the Parador’s Mencía restaurant.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to A Coruna
  • Hire of a group A car for the duration of the holiday
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Choice of upgrades available - rooms, flights and board basis

Luxury bespoke hotel holidays to the Parador de Villafranca del Bierzo, near Leon

The Parador de Villafranca del Bierzo is a fascinating stop in a historic town on the Way of St James pilgrimage route. Comfortable accommodation is combined with excellent facilities for the perfect balance of culture and comfort.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4

Location The hotel is located in the small town of Villafranca del Bierzo, halfway between Leon and Santiago de Compostela.

Annual opening All year except 20-31 December

Closest airport A Coruna

Distance from airport 185 km

Closest railway station Toral de Los Vados

Distance from railway station 12 km

Hotel facilities and services

Restaurant, bar, swimming pool, heated swimming pool, garden, wellness area, sauna, treatment room, parking facilities.

Out and about nearby

The town of Villafranca del Bierzo, declared Historic Monument site and stop on Way of St James. In the surround area you will also find the World Heritage site of Las Médulas (Roman gold mines) and O Cebreiro, a Celtic settlement with a Pre-Romanesque church.

Sports nearby

Mountain biking, hunting, fishing, hiking.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard double room for 3 nights for a fly-drive holiday

From about

£530

Holiday Code EXH46253

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 hotel holidays to the Parador de Villafranca del Bierzo, near Leon

Room descriptions

Parador de Villafranca del Bierzo has 51 rooms, each with private bathroom, air conditioning, heating, safe and mini-bar, internet connection, television, telephone and hairdryer. The hotel has 2 accessible rooms.

Double or twin room
Junior suite
Suite

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard double room for 3 nights for a fly-drive holiday

From about

£530

Holiday Code EXH46253

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 hotel holidays to the Parador de Villafranca del Bierzo, near Leon

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to the Parador de Villafranca del Bierzo, our clients usually hire a car from A Coruna, Santiago de Compostela or Bilbao airport and include the hotel as part of a fly-drive touring holiday. We include flights from London and a hire car, depending on what you would like to do and what is most appropriate to your overall journey.

Additional information

Children: An extra bed for a single child can be added in all room types.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard double room for 3 nights for a fly-drive holiday

From about

£530

Holiday Code EXH46253

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 hotel holidays to the Parador de Villafranca del Bierzo, near Leon

Highlights of Green Spain

Santiago de Compostela cathedral, the supposed resting place of St James the Apostle, from whose rooftop you can enjoy unforgettable views over the old town. The attractive Galician cities of Ourense, Pontevedra and Lugo, all with historical sites including Roman architecture. Maritime cities along the Atlantic coastline including A Coruna, Ferrol, Vigo, and Baiona. The Tower of Hercules, an ancient Roman lighthouse near A Coruna. Galicia's fjord-like inlets known as the Rías Altas (along the north-west coast) and the Rías Baixas (along the southwestern coast). The dramatic Cape Finisterre, so called because it was thought to be the westernmost point in Europe. The stunning Picos de Europa mountains, home to a diverse range of walking trails and the atmospheric Covadonga Sanctuary. Oviedo, the attractive capital of Asturias which is home to some remarkable pre-Romanesque churches. Altamira Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with ancient rock paintings which are up to 20000 years old. Comillas, a beachside town with impressive architecture including a building designed by Antonio Gaudí. Pleasant towns along the shores of the Cantabrian Sea including Gijón and Llanes. Santillana del Mar, a picturesque village inland with a number of well-preserved mediaeval buildings. Santander, a lively port city with a historic quarter, a modern centre and the famous El Sardinero beach.

Festivals in Green Spain

February/March: Carnivals celebrating Lent, March: Vigo Reconquest Festival; March/April: Holy week celebrations, July: ‘A Rapa das Bestas’ horse festival held in Galician villages, July: Saint James the Apostle festival in Santiago de Compostela, July: Nava Cider Festival (near Oviedo), August: Festival of San Roque in Betanzos (near A Coruna), August: Santander International Festival.

Gastronomy in Green Spain

Cuisine in the north of Spain tends to be simple and hearty, making good use of the excellent local produce including abundant fish and seafood, plentiful meat and game and a great variety of vegetables. The regions produce a range of dairy products, from the mild soft cheeses of Galicia to the smoked cheese of Cantabria and the blue cheeses of Asturias. Asturias is known for its dry cider, whilst Galicia produces high quality wines, both crisp whites and fruity reds, as well as a strong liqueur, ‘Orujo.’ Local dishes include ‘Vieras de Santiago’ (Scallops, the symbol of St James, which are baked in their shells), ‘Empanada gallega’ (a Galician meat pasty), ‘Lacón con grelos’ (pork shoulder with chorizo, turnips and potatoes), ‘Caldo gallego’ (thick soup with meat, potatoes and beans), ‘Fabada’ (an Asturian stew with pork and beans), ‘Tarta de Santiago’ (an almond cake), ‘La quesada’ (a Cantabrian cheesecake) and ‘Sobaos Pasiegos’ (Cantabrian sponge cakes).

Climate in Green Spain

Green Spain has a wet and mild climate with warm summers and cool winters. Summer is a popular time to visit northern Spain as the weather is sunny yet comfortable, but you can expect good weather in Spring and Autumn as well. Rain falls throughout the year although there is little during the summer months. Temperatures are rarely extreme, although mountainous areas can be very cold in winter with snow falling.

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