We stayed at the Parador de Lerma en-route from the ferry at Bilbao to Malaga. The reception staff were very professional and welcoming but there was no one to carry our bags up to the room. A good tip is to initially park in the square outside reception to unload your bags, check-in, and then drive round to the underground car-park (€6,00 per night VAT included). The parking spaces are very small and the car-park lift does not connect with the lift to the bedrooms.
Our room was quite magnificent with a commanding view over the square. We had previously been warned by the Parador that “the town of Lerma organizes its local festivities” on the night we were there and that these festivities “include fairground rides and music in the immediate surroundings of the Parador during the night. Due to these festivities, the Parador cannot guarantee that you will have the peace and quiet that you expect here”.
We sort of expected a Spanish carnival but, sadly it was only dodgems and roundabouts.
The Parador de Lerma is located in the highest part of the town of Lerma and is very easy to navigate to from the motorway. It was converted from what was The Ducal Palace constructed in phases between 1601 and 1617.
The palace was commissioned by the order of the first Duke of Lerma, Francisco Gomez de Sandoval y Rojas as accommodation for King Philip III. The hotel has 70 rooms and a fantastic enclosed central courtyard surrounded by galleries with Tuscan columns, Ionic columns and semi-circular arches.
We only had a snack and drinks for dinner in the courtyard (having dined enthusiastically at lunch time).
Breakfast in the restaurant was superb and very comprehensive.
The Lerma Parador has been beautifully restored & the town of Lerma has many interesting streets & buildings to view & photograph. Lerma is the ideal stop over whilst driving further south from the north coast ferries.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The amazing ducal palace at Lerma, now a Parador, is located in the upper part of the city. The hotel features a central courtyard surrounded by lovely columned galleries. The elegant majesty of this palace from the era of the Hapsburgs and its lovely interiors, with beautifully designed lighting and decor, will make your stay an unforgettable experience. The Plaza Mayor (Main Square) is opposite the main facade of the palace. At night, the lights of the Parador make it look even more magnificent and stately. The medieval quarter, Arch, Carcel Bridge, San Blas Convent, Santo Domingo Monastery, Pasadizo del Duque (Duke's Passage) and former collegiate church of San Pedro are just some of the treasures you won't want to miss. The area around Lerma is well worth a visit. 22 Kilometers away is Covarrubias, a lovely village where San Cosme y San Damian Collegiate Church and Dona Sancha and Dona Urraca squares invite travelers to enjoy a leisurely visit, imagining that time has stood still in the Middle Ages and that little has changed since the year 987, when Count Fernan Gonzalez founded the town. About half an hour away by car is another treasure: the Monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos, a Romanesque jewel which has become a place of spiritual and artistic pilgrimage. It is also not far to beautiful Aranda de Duero, city of wine, monuments, history and culinary expertise. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Parador De Lerma Hotel Lerma
- Parador De Hotel Lerma