Whenever I visit Oropesa, I try to stay at the magnificent Parador which now occupies the old castle. The truth is that it is huge, like a giant ship. It has replicas of period furniture with a medieval feel. When leaving, you immediately want to return.
Earlier this summer we went to Oropesa, Toledo to see its medieval festival. Most of the people there were disguised, even some visitors too and the atmosphere very good. We paid to see the castle that day just to climb some stairs and we were more than a little disappointmented, but I had fun.
The town of Oropesa is well worth a visit in order to stroll through the historic center which is not very big, but has some very nice houses and buildings. From Navarre Square, central square of the town, you can get to the old city hall of the XVI century, located in the old square. Opposite, from the same era, is the church of Our Lady of the Assumption. Close by is Los Arcos, and the House of the Jesuits, whose church is now converted into a cultural center and exhibition space. The route ends by the impressive castle and palaces that make up the current Parador Hotel.
This is the central square of the town of Oropesa. It is a place that is pretty lively, especially in the morning, because of the City Hall and the bus stop to Madrid. There is also Talavera and Caceres, the tobacco shop and many the bars. On weekends, the terraces are filled with locals and many tourists who come to visit the monumental route, the castle and the inn, the church and the old town hall. The truth is that you can spend a few pleasant hours wandering around this town.
The Count's Palace consists of two palace complexes: the Old Palace or Palacio Doña Elvira and the New Palace. It was built in the fourteenth century and the New Palace, in a Renaissance style, in the fifteenth century. It has 3 floors. On the first are 7 wrought iron balconies with shields of the Counts of Oropesa and a large courtyard. It is an old county family residence of the Álvarez de Toledo.
Very old town which highlights the beautiful castle that is actually two, one from the twelfth century and one from XV (converted into a parador). It was, it seems, was the work of Juan de Herrera, the architect of El Escorial. The town also has several churches, the Jesuit college Plateresque, a door in the wall, next to the Palace of the Dukes of Oropesa, the XV century Town Hall, with arcades and a curious passage of the XVI century. The streets have some charming houses. Oropesa Cottages: Http :/ / www.Toprural.Com/castilla-la-mancha/toledo/casas-rurales-oropesa_rm-es-45125.htm
The Hospital San Juan Bautista in Oropesa was built in the fifteenth century on a Jewish synagogue. It has preserved some graffiti dating from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. It was founded by Maria Figueroa (mother of Don Fernando de Toledo) and has 24 beds. The hospital is dedicated to the neediest and poorest people in the area.
The Church of Our Lady of the Assumption was built in the seventeenth century and boasts a Baroque altarpiece and the remains of the Romanesque facade. It is marked by the artistic styles which succeeded each other over the centuries, with the Renaissance style dominating. In the year 1613 it was rebuilt. Inside you will find the image of the Virgin of the Assumption. Religious services and mass are held daily at 8 am daily and on Sundays and holidays at 12 pm.
The Old City of Oropesa is located in the municipality of Oropesa. The old town hall has become agriculture offices. A lot of rural activities are held here and it specializes in the field and livestock and the administration thereof. 250 Employees work here.
The Chapel of San Bernardo is located in the municipality of Oropesa, in a beautiful town. It is visited annually by a large number of tourists. At present it is still giving masses. It is very picturesque and made of brick. Inside there are a lot of images of saints.
The Jesuit College was built in the sixteenth century by the Viceroy of Peru. From 1590, it became a well renowned university. You can find it in the center of Oropesa. It has been built in a Renaissance style.