Parador Ciudad Rodrigo
The Parador Ciudad Rodrigo overlooks the town and is the perfect base from which to take walking excursions into the ancient town of Ciudad Rodrigo. The old walled city is great for just wandering around with no particular itinerary. The Parador is a grand castle (official name is Parador Enrique II) that has magnificent tower, Torre del Homenaje, and is set on a cliff overlooking the river Agueda and the plains below.
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Historically, it fell to the castle at Ciudad Rodrigo (now the Parador) to defend Spain against both the Moors and also to watch over and defend the border with Portugal. The castle also played an important role in the war with Napoleon and the French. This bastion was built by Enrique de Trastamara in the 14th century after he had killed his stepbrother – the legitimate king, Pedro The Cruel – and usurped his throne.
In Ciudad Rodrigo, perhaps the most critical part of Spain’s history played out. The Visigothic King Rodrigo raped the daughter of the governor of Ceuta (located in North Africa – in modern day Morocco). The governor was so enraged that he allowed the Moors to disembark for Spain from his port and thus began the Moorish conquest and occupation that lasted for centuries. Rodrigo was said to have later entombed himself alive with a poisonous snake to die in terrible pain trying to atone for his sin.
The town is a fascinating place for discovery. There are palaces, convents, and original aristocratic mansions seemingly at every turn. Much of the original walls still surround the old section. You can climb up onto those walls from the Parador. The main cathedral is spectacular. Construction on this cathedral was begun in the 12th century. Its design is part Romanesque and part Gothic.
Interesting in-town excursions from the Ciudad Rodrigo Parador:
– The wonderful ‘old town’ is very special. Take your time and meander it’s ancient cobblestone streets at random – you’ll be well rewarded.
Interesting half-day trips from the Parador include:
– La Alberca – This photogenic little town is as traditional and original medieval mountain village as you will find anywhere. It has been declared a national monument city.
– Las Batuecas – A wild and wonderful natural area with many walking trails.
– Portugal – It is but a short drive to reach the border. Guarda – with its picturesque fortress is only 40 miles distant.
– Salamanca – A World Heritage city, and a "must see" if you are ever near.
The Parador Ciudad Rodrigo has many fine features and presents a wonderful place to stay and bask in the palpable presence of history which completely permeates the place.
Facilities at Parador Ciudad Rodrigo castle hotel;
21 Twin bedrooms – 12 Double bedrooms – 2 Suites – Bar – Restaurant – Telephone – Heating – Air- Conditioning – Satellite television – Safe – Minibar – Car park – Currency exchange – Garden – Facilities for the disabled
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