This car trip will take you through beautiful countryside and past the many castles, for which the provinces of Castilla and León are famous. You will travel through the green hills, hidden villages and countryside with plenty of attractions around the old Spanish kingdom of León, with its history of over 1100 years. Of course you will stay in the stately and impressive Parador de León.
Day 1: Madrid
After arriving at the airport and hiring your car, you can drive to the Acis & Galatea Boutique Hotel for your overnight stay. From here you can take the underground network (Metro) to the city of Madrid in about 20 minutes.
Day 2: Madrid – Leon (ca. 350 km)
This delightful car trip starts from Madrid. If you have a late flight, or if you wish to visit Madrid for the day, we can book an extra night for you!
The Kingdom of Leon started in the year 910 AD when King García decided to switch the capital of Asturias from Oviedo to Leon. The new capital, which initially was only temporary, became permanent and Leon became the capital of the empire for 320 years. You will stay one night in Hotel Eurostars Leon **** ( Parador of Leon closed for renovation)
León is an incredibly beautiful city and closely linked to the Camino de Santiago, the Way of St. James. It offers many attractions such as the cathedral of Sta. María, the Basilica of San Isidoro, the Pilgrims Hospital Hostal de San Marcos, the Palace of Guzmanes, Botines House, San Marcelo Church, or the Church of Santa Ana, the main square and the Roman walls are just some of the places and monuments that are worth visiting in the city.
Day 3: León – Benavente (ca. 75 km)
Where the river valleys of Tesla, Órbigo and Tera meet Benavente was a strategic position in the past. There is a lot to see and explore in Benavente, such as the church of Sta. María de Azogue, the church of San Juan del Mercado, and the Hospital de la Piedad, which was built in the sixteenth century on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. You will stay 1 night at the beautiful Parador de Benavente.
Day 4: Benavente – Sanabria (ca. 85 km)
Puebla de Sanabria is very popular, especially for its natural beauty and landscape. Sanabria Lake Nature Park is one of the largest natural lakes in Spain. You can also visit a number of monuments, including the imposing castle (15th century), which was built by the Count of Benavente. Also recommended is the church of Santa María del Azogue (15th century), originally Roman, but with major expansions in the 15th and 16th centuries, the hermitage of San Cayetano (17th century Baroque) and the Town Hall (16th century). Here you can enjoy one night at the Parador de Sanabria.
Day 5: Sanabria – Zamora (ca. 110 km)
Zamora is known as the capital of Roman art because of the large number of monuments, streets and squares. Of course the beautiful cathedral the most important and a short distance away there are many attractions.
Well worth a visit in Zamora is the medieval core situated next to the cathedral, the churches of San Isidro, San Pedro and San Ildefonso, the Hospital de la Encarnacion, the Palace of the Momoas and numerous churches, palaces, old noble houses, ancient monasteries, medieval streets and alleys which are waiting to be visited. You will spend one night in the Parador de Zamora.
Day 6: Zamora – Ciudad Rodrigo (ca. 260 km)
This is a pleasant place with plenty of history, thanks to the 12th century cathedral, the city walls (whose construction was begun by King Fernando II of León), the 12th century town hall, the palace of Castro and the Aguila, the House of Vázquez the Cerralbo – Chapel of the 16th and 17th centuries, the monastery of San Francisco, San Andrés Church, the Convent of Clara’s, etc.
In Ciudad Rodrigo, you can walk to the 18th century Baroque style main square and experience the beauty of history and vibrancy in this unique place. Enjoy 1 night at the Parador Ciudad Rodrigo.
Day 7: Ciudad Rodrigo – Salamanca (ca. 90 km)
The Plaza Mayor is the starting point to discover the city, with monuments such as the Casa de las Conchas (15th century), the old cathedral (13th century), the New Cathedral (16th to 18th century) and the University (16th century).
The famous historic city of Salamanca is known for its ancient and noble palaces, churches, and prestigious university. You can also visit the largest and most beautiful Plaza Mayor in Spain, and if you like, have dinner for the last night of the trip. You will stay in the Parador de Salamanca.
Day 8 Salamanca – Madrid (ca. 225 km)
Today you will travel back to Madrid, where you can extend your stay for a few days. We would be happy to book a hotel for you in this vibrant city. Eg. Tryp Ambassador, at the Opera and the Royal Palace of Madrid.
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- 08 days Self Drive Tour according to program
- 07 nights in double room in luxury Paradores incl. breakfast
- Hotel taxes and Service charges (tourist taxes not included)
- directions, maps and information in English including voucher package
- prices are always per Person
- your flight / Choose & Book here Low Cost Flights
- your carhire /Choose & Book here Low Cost Car Rental
- entrance -and parking fees, fuel, road tax etc.
- local tourist tax (payment on the spot)
- other meals
- supplement single room (on request)
- This trip can always be extended / shortened or adapted
- upon reservation you will receive directly reserved hotel confirmations