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SEGOVIA FEATURED HOTELS, VALLADOLID PROVINCE, CASTILLA Y LEON, SPAIN
Segovia - after Toledo, SEGOVIA is the outstanding trip from Madrid. A relatively small city, strategically sited on a rocky ridge, it is deeply and haughtily Castilian, with a panoply of squares and mansions from its days of Golden Age grandeur, when it was a royal resort and a base for the Cortes (parliament). It was in Segovia - in the unremarkable church of San Miguel, off the Plaza Mayor - that Isabel la Católica was proclaimed queen. For a city of its size, there are a stunning number of outstanding architectural monuments. Most celebrated are the Roman aqueduct , the cathedral and the fairy-tale Alcázar, but the less obvious attractions - the cluster of ancient churches and the many mansions found in the lanes of the old town, all in a warm, honey-coloured stone - are what really make it worth a visit. Just a few kilometres outside the city and reasonably accessible from Segovia are two Bourbon palaces, La Granja and Riofrío
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Eurostars Plaza Acueducto, Segovia
The Eurostars Plaza Acueducto is a stylish, contemporary hotel occupying a classic honey-coloured Castilian building in Segovia's old town, in front of the famed aqueduct and 500 metres from the historic Cathedral. The hotel is in an excellent position to explore the surrounding area; the 15th-century Casa de los Picos, St Martin's Square, St Lorenzo's Church, and the Cathedral can all be found within 700 metres.  Guests can relax in the stylish, modern ambience of the air-conditioned public areas, enjoy a drink or snack from the café-bar, use wireless Internet connections, and work out on the fitness equipment. The 72 modern guestrooms, over four floors, feature neutral decor with coloured fabrics in muted shades, parquet flooring and contemporary furnishings.
Hotel Alcazar, Segovia
The Hotel Alcazar is located in the World Heritage city of Segovia surrounded by wonderful natural landscapes. Set in a 17th century building, its stones walls, granite and marble columns, wooden beams and impressive glass windows, contribute to the warm and intimate atmosphere, that guests breath as soon as they arrive.  Due to its strategic location, stunning views of the city, and historic buildings can be observed from its windows and balconies. Antiques, works of art and regal furniture decorate the spacious and elegant lounges.  The exclusively decorated and spacious rooms which have been named after important queens of the Segovian history, are filled with plenty of antique details blended in perfect harmony with the added modern facilities.
Hotel San Antonio El Real, Segovia
Hotel San Antonio El Real is located in the historic Spanish city of Segovia, 500 metres from the Roman Aqueduct and one kilometre from the Cathedral.  This two-storey hotel is housed in the cloisters of a former monastery from the 15th century. The air-conditioned public areas have complimentary wireless Internet; laptop and mobile phone rental is available. Cars can be parked securely nearby complimentary and there are laundry facilities.  Hotel San Antonio El Real Cloister Restaurant serves Castilian specialities in a historic setting. Guests wake up to a complimentary buffet breakfast each morning.  Guests enjoy complimentary use of the hotel fitness centre. 
Husa Puerta de Segovia (2 kms from Segovia)
The Hotel Husa Puerta de Segovia is housed in a modern, four-storey building sited two kilometres from the historic centre of Segovia. On sunny days, guests can enjoy a dip in the outdoor pool. In the evenings, guest can enjoy a range of Mediterranean and international dishes in the Puerto de Segovia Restaurant.  Complimentary newspapers are provided in the lobby and public Internet access is available for a charge. Multilingual staff at the front desk can exchange currency and store valuables in the safe-deposit box. Other practical amenities include shoe-shine and dry-cleaning services and laundry facilities.  The 205 guestrooms have neutral decor and functional furnishings including desks.
Parador de Segovia, Segovia
Parador de Segovia Modern, welcoming and surprising, this Parador rises up in one of the most monumental cities of Spain, declared a World Heritage Site. From it can be seen the best panoramic view of Segovia. It is moreover an ideal setting to approach the numerous natural spaces of the province.  The bedrooms of the Parador are spacious and comfortable, and enjoy splendid views of the city, as does the dining room and the outdoor swimming pool.  The very spacious lobby displays modern paintings and design elements, in clear contrast to the simple, circular lines which frame the heated swimming pool. The splendid conference centre stands out, with several living rooms and congress rooms, and the dining room, an extensive display of regional products: 'judiones de La Granja' (beans), Castilian soup and roast lamb or suckling pig in a wood-fired oven.
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SORIA FEATURED HOTELS, CASTILLA Y LEON, SPAIN
Soria - situated on the Rio Duero in the east of the autonomous community, the city is noted for its walls and a number of architecturally distinctive churches. These include the Plateresque Concatedral de San Pedro and its cloister, the convent church of Santo Domingo, and the unique architectural mix of the ruined cloisters of San Juan de Duero, on the other side of the river from the old town.  A few kilometres north of the town are the ruins of Numantia, a Celtiberian town whose inhabitants destroyed it rather than let it fall to Scipio. In Soria is the Museo Numantino, devoted to the archeological remains of this site. The city's professional football club is called CD Numancia.
Undiscovered corner of Spain   by Louise Astorgano
Believe it or not, a country that receives over 55 million tourists a year and has mass development on its costas is also home to the least populated region in Europe. Soria, called by some the forgotten corner of Spain is that place. Forgotten by mass development and hordes of tourists, Soria has managed to retain its charm and beauty and offers her visitors an escape from the hectic pace of modern life.... read more
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Husa Campos de Castilla, Soria
Modern 3 star hotel located at the outskirts of Soria, in the middle of nature. From the rooms you will be able to gaze at Numancia and the Monte Valonsafero with its Frentes peak that you can see in our picture of the hotel.  The Hotel Campos de Castilla is not overcrowded and is specialized in personal services.  The hotel has 20 rooms with views to the landscape and luminous windows. They are modern and functional and all have en-suite bathrooms.
Meson Leonor, Soria
hotel with enchantment in Soria. The Leonor Hotel is in the beautiful parque del Mirón (park of the Onlooker), from where there is a beautiful panoramic view on the Duero river, Monte de las Ánimas and the old town of Soria. Located on the way to the city centre, this charming establishment is located in a beautiful large stone house.  The hotel has capacity to hold meetings, events or banquets and has a superb restaurant, bar, elegant social hall and connection to Internet in all the public areas. A cosy and familiar hotel - your home from home in Soria. The Leonor Hotel offers 32 warm and comfortable completely equipped rooms. 
Parador de Soria, Soria
The Parador de Soria rises up on a privileged height from which the extraordinary panorama of this monumental town and of the Duero river can be contemplated.  The hotel offers rooms that are provided with modern furnishing in pine wood and are equipped with modern amenities.  You can dine at the onsite restaurant, which serves regional specialities in a cosy atmosphere.  Conference facilities are available for people on business travel. The area where the parador is located enables guest to practise many activities such as trekking, climbing, canoeing, guided routes and many others.
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VALLADOLID FEATURED HOTELS, CASTILLA Y LEON
Valladolid - the capital of the province of Valladolid and of the autonomous community of Castilla y León. Some monuments include the unfinished cathedral, the church of Santa Maria la Antigua, the Plaza Mayor (the template for that of Madrid and of future plazas in the Spanish-speaking world), the National Sculpture Museum which includes Spain's greatest collections of polychrome wood sculptures, and the Faculty of Law of the University of Valladolid.
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AC Palacio de Santa Ana, Valladolid
The AC Palacio de Santa Ana is a palatial 18th century monastery building set on the banks of the River Pisuerga, only 500 metres from Cervantes' house.  The hotel has a lounge bar housed in the cloister, which boasts a large crystal-domed roof. Next to the monastery cloisters, with river views from its garden, the Los Jeronimos restaurant serves contemporary Castilian cuisine and a range of fine Spanish wines.  Guests can take a dip in the hotel's indoor pool, enjoy a relaxing sauna or Turkish bath, and work out at the modern fitness room.  It has 102 air-conditioned guestrooms over three floors, all decorated in light tones with minimalist-style furnishings and wooden flooring.
Novotel Valladolid, Valladolid
The Novotel Valladolid is located in Valladolid, Spain, 50 metres from the Science Museum and 1.5 kilometres from the town's central square, train station, and Plaza Mayor.  Situated in the business and commercial area of Valladolid, the Novotel Valladolid is a five-storey property designed in a contemporary style.  The hotel overlooks an outdoor swimming pool and sun terrace, and offers the use of a solarium during the summer months. The Claravia Restaurant serves lunch and dinner in a contemporary, minimalist setting. Bar del Autor serves drinks and snacks until 1 a.m. An onsite wine shop sells a selection of Spanish wines.  The Novotel Valladolid offers a colourful games room for kids, complete with a slide, video games, and a play kitchen.
Parador de Tordesillas, Valladolid Province
In the historic Castilian city of Tordesillas, a crossroads since Roman times, stands this mansion, in a green, natural landscape. A lovely wood of pines and a large, well tended garden surround the hotel with the tranquil calm and serenity of nature.  The Castilian style dominates both the exterior and the interiors, with valuable antique furniture in the lounges. The tranquillity of the hotel and the spectacular blue of the pool invite one to relax and take leisurely walks. Sit in the Parador’s dining room and enjoy its culinary specialities: garlic soup, Castilian style roasts, free-range chicken Turresillano style, and the local dessert, manjar de la Vega.
Silken Juan de Austria, Valladolid
The Hotel Silken Juan de Austria is a modern property with glass façade and panoramic lifts with views over the surrounding area; it is located 800 metres from the main square in the commercial and financial district of Valladolid. In the Juan de Austria Restaurant Mediterranean specialities and wines are served in a relaxed ambiance with warm colours and design furnishings. The Cafeteria Juan de Austria Spanish offers tapas and aperitifs served in an informal modern setting with a burgundy and gold decor.  Air-conditioned guestrooms feature a modern decor with warm tones and dark wood furnishings. All 87 rooms have cable television, direct-dial phones, hair dryers and minibars.
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VILLAFRANCA DEL BIERZO - FEATURED PARADOR IN A COUNTRY HOUSE
Villafranca del Bierzo - the last stage on the pilgrimage route in El Bierzo before reaching Galicia.  The settlement was developed from the pilgrimages.  The river Burbia flows through the town.  Wonderful mountain landscapes all around.
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Parador de Villafranca del Bierzo, León
This hotel can be found in the extreme north of the Region of Castille-Leon in Villafranca del Bierzo, capital of a very beautiful region and former station on the road to Santiago.  The rooms are situated on two floors of the main part of the hotel. The wooden floor in the bedrooms and elsewhere offers elegance and comfort.  The cuisine typical of the town has its own specialities such as; Trucha Con Unto (a trout dish), El Botillo del Bierzo, El Pulpo a Barciana (an octopus dish) and Chanfaina barciana (a stew-like meal). For dessert there are Los Suspiros De Monje (a mixture of flour, sugar and egg).  The landscapes of the Ancares mountain range to the north complement the beauty of the Parador's garden.
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ZAMORA & PROVINCE FEATURED HOTELS, CASTILLA Y LEON
Zamora - a city in Castilla y Leon, and the capital of the province of Zamora. It lies in the northwest, near the frontier with Portugal and crossed by the Duero river.  Many very beautiful medieval and Roman buildings, churches and places to visit.
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AC Zamora, Zamora
The AC Zamora is a stylish hotel situated next to the university campus and new shopping complex and two kilometres from the 11th century cathedral. At the end of the day, guests can enjoy traditional fare in the restaurant, relax in the sauna, with drinks in the bar or order a light meal from the 24-hour room service menu. Those guests feeling energetic can take advantage of the fully-equipped fitness centre. The front desk has a safe-deposit box for string valuables. The hotel offers wireless internet access for guests wishing to surf the web or catch up with emails. With stylish, contemporary decor and furnishings, guestrooms include air conditioning, complimentary bottled water and toiletries, satellite TV, desks, direct-dial phones, hair dryers and Internet connections.
Meliá Horus Zamora Boutique Hotel, Zamora
The Melia Horus Zamora Boutique Hotel is located in Zamora, Spain. The Easter Museum is 500 metres away, the cathedral is one kilometre away, and the Natural Park Arribes del Duero is at a 60 kilometre distance. Set in the city centre, the Melia Horus Zamora Boutique Hotel occupies a traditional property featuring an ornate, stucco-moulded facade lined with wrought iron.  The hotel opens to a lounge area decorated with rich fabrics and Art Deco-style furnishings and houses a spa area with fitness room, sauna, and spa tub. The concierge is on hand to offer sightseeing assistance, and further amenities include garage parking, room service, and laundry facilities.  The Melia Horus Zamora Boutique Hotel houses the La Boveda restaurant housed in a rustic-style cellar with arched exposed stone walls, and serving regional and international dishes. Bar Horus offers a range of drinks and cocktails. 
Parador de Benavente, Zamora Province
This renaissance castle was constructed under the order of Fernando II of León and was the seat of las Cortes in 1202. It makes up part of the old town, set within the town's ancient city walls. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, the castle's interior has classical decorative features such as tapestries, forged lamps, coffered ceilings, as well as Spanish bricks and woods. Its spectacular rooms are specially equipped to be an ideal location for social gatherings. The sleep-inducing bedrooms are cosy and accommodating, and the restaurant offers local cuisine: Bacalao a la tranca (cod with boiled egg), arroz a la zamorana (rice and pork dish), dos y pingada (fried egg and bacon on bread) and tocino de cielo (custard caramel). 
Parador de Puebla de Sanabria, Zamora Province
The Hotel is in an exceptional location just 12 km. from the wonderful Lake Sanabria, the biggest glacial lake in Spain. In the centre of the Sanabria area, on the frontier with Portugal, the Hotel is ideal for lovers of travel and nature, who come to the area for green tourism excursions and tours, which are a delight for the eyes and the spirit.  The welcoming interiors, decorated with care, offer quality and comfort for a pleasant stay. The lounge, with its inviting fireplace, and some rooms offer large windows with views of the outstanding historic town of Puebla de Sanabria. In the restaurant you can enjoy exquisite habones (a local bean), trout and for dessert, a delicious blackberry cake. All accompanied by local wines in a relaxing ambience surrounded by nature. 
Parador de Zamora, Zamora
In the historic centre of the capital of the province, this hotel occupies a palace built over the remains of a Roman fortress in the mid 15th century, and offers the traveller an opportunity to discover the beauty of the landscape, both natural and urban, of Zamora.  The medieval flavour of the interior, with its suits of armour, tapestries and attractive canopied beds, combines with the Renaissance style of the courtyard, glazed wooden gallery and coats of arms. The hotel has two halls for conventions and a swimming pool in the flourishing garden. Wooden floors and beams give warmth to the baronial decor.  The restaurant offers excellent dishes from the traditional local kitchen...
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Undiscovered corner of Spain   by Louise Astorgano

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Believe it or not, a country that receives over 55 million tourists a year and has mass development on its costas is also home to the least populated region in Europe. Soria, called by some the forgotten corner of Spain is that place. Forgotten by mass development and hordes of tourists, Soria has managed to retain its charm and beauty and offers her visitors an escape from the hectic pace of modern life.

The province of Soria lies on the most easterly limits of the autonomous region of Castilla y Leon, central Northern Spain. Its 10,000 sq km (3861 miles) of beautiful landscapes and diverse geography, act as a backdrop to the large concentration of medieval castles, Romanesque churches and timeless medieval villages. All of which are in close proximity to each other.

Known for pure clean air, due to its expanse of forests, nature parks, grazing lands and lack of heavy industry, it's the perfect place to slow down and reconnect with the natural environment.

The province has a population of approx 93,000, of which 40% live in its capital, also called Soria. With population density at 8.8 inhabitants per sq km compared with an average in Spain of 87.2 and 116 in Europe, Soria is one of the least populated areas of Europe and a fantastic destination to unwind.

With its abundance of charm and tranquillity, Soria beckons you to explore its nature, medieval castles, forests, history and gastronomy. Sorias attractions can be visited without spending your precious holiday time standing in queues or paying outrageously high entry fees with most museums, castles and hermitages charging only 0.60 to 2.00 euros per person for entrance, and to date we have never experienced a queue.

To the north of the province lies the 'Picos Urbion' mountain range, often snow capped in winter. This mountain range cradles the awe inspiring glacial lake Laguna Negra (Black Lake) and nearby the mountains give birth to the mighty Rio Duero (River Duero) which eventually ends its course on the coast of Portugal.

To the west the Rio Lobos (River of Wolves) has carved its way through the limestone to create the Canyon Rio Lobos protected natural park. The canyon walls rise to heights of 200 metres (656 ft) in places, and the sunburst red and cream hues add another colour to your surrounds. Take time to contemplate why the Knights Templar built their isolated hermitage here. The most recent wildlife census recorded over 200 pairs of Griffon Vultures in the Canyon, where you'll all so find Red Deer, Roe Deer, Wild Boar, Otters, Minks, Golden Eagles and many other species of flora and fauna.

To the South East the River Duero starts to mature and nourishes the first vines in the wine region of the Ribera del Duero, home of the highly prized Vega Sicilia wine. It was through these lands that the Castilian hero El Cid travelled. As these were the frontier lands of the 'Reconquista' (the re conquering of Spain), its not surprising this is where you will see the greatest concentration of medieval castles in Europe.

The land again changes as you head south and reach the medieval town of Medinaceli, another highlight with its mighty Roman arch, the only one of its kind in Spain. The weathered limestone formations nearby, with their intense red surface remind us of the spaghetti westerns that were filmed here, due to its similarity to the deserts of the North America.

Agreda to the east has its Arab and Jewish influences, the Jewish quarter still very much intact. It is here you find the highest mountain in Soria, Moncayo that rises to 2313m (7588 feet).

The Soria province and its city were the endless inspiration of many well known poets and romancers, like Machado, Diego and Bécquer, who were enchanted by its beauty and history. It was here the world famous 12 - 13th Century epic poetry, 'Cantar del Cid' (Lay of Cid) was written.

Film directors have also fallen for Sorias charm and beauty. Several films were shot in Soria. David Lean's classic Dr Zhivago for one, as well as Orson Wells's Shakespeare epic 'Chimes at Midnight', both making use of the quaint medieval village of Calatañazor.

Soria is developing as a rural destination for lovers of nature, history, leisure walkers and ramblers. Here you will find a network of over 500kms of walking tracks, where you can walk in the footsteps of El Cid, following along roman roads or routes connecting the Ataylas (Arab communications towers) or visit the inspirational places of Spanish poets, such as Antonio Machado.

In springtime the wild flowers are in full blossom and fill the countryside with colour. Wild Orchids, Iris, Peony as well as wild Thyme, Sage and Lavender carpet the grazing lands and fill the air with their heavenly scents. Summers temperatures tend to rise considerably though evenings are cool. During autumn the vegetation becomes an array of golds, browns and reds, wild deer can be heard bellowing and the wild mushrooms appear in abundance.

The best time of year to enjoy Soria is spring, summer or autumn; however the blue skies and snow of winter add a touch of magic to the landscape.

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About the Author - Louise & her husband Alfredo live and work in Soria, Northern Spain. Their business Spanish Footsteps provides walking holidays and guided tours to give visitors a real taste of the culture, history, nature and gastronomy of this often forgotten corner of Spain.  Visit my photo gallery if you'd like to see some pictures of this fantastic corner of Northern Spain.

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