It is the first in the Paradors’ chain, inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII in 1928. It has three stars and is located in the Alto del Risquillo, with the Valle del Tormes at its feet, as well as the sierras of Gredos, Piedrahita and Béjar.
From bed you can hear the cowbells of the livestock grazing in the vicinity or the neighing of horses, on which you are able to take a stroll through these lush pine landscapes.
The building is of granite and slate. Some rooms have terraces and there are many spots throughout the building where one can sit quietly and read or contemplate the scenery.
There is also a large games room with billiards, foosball, or ping pong and outside the great forest of tall trees for taking a walk or making a snowman, like my son.
The wooden floors that creak when walked on, remain as they have been for years, just like the Castilian furniture and joinery that are in urgent need of renovation.
The bathrooms are already modernized. Halls with high chimneys, which are still welcoming, even more when it has just snowed outside. On the fifth floor there is a terrace with hammocks, from where contemplating the Sierra de Gredos on a good morning with the clouds literally glued to the pines, is a marvellous spectacle.