Parador de Benavente - The seat of parliament in 1202, this Renaissance style castle was built by order of Fernando II de León and forms part of the former walled enclosure of the town. Practically razed to the ground in 1808 during the Peninsular War, it conserves the monumental Torre del Caracol, where there is a living room with an admirable Mudejar coffered ceiling. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, the interior contains classical decorative elements such as rugs, forged lamps, coffered ceilings, wood and Castilian bricks. Its spectacular living rooms are duly equipped to promote their functional value as spaces for social gatherings. The dreamy bedrooms are comfortable, and the restaurant offers the region's gastronomic array: 'arroz a la zamorana' (Zamora-style rice), 'dos y pingada' (fried dish) and the sweet 'rebojo zamorano'.
Distances to nearest paradors
Parador de Zamora: 65 Km.
Parador de Leon: 70 Km.
Parador de Tordesillas: 82 Km.
Parador de Puebla de Sanabria: 84 Km.
Parador de Salamanca: 130 Km.
Parador de Villafranca del Bierzo: 147 Km.
Parador de Lerma: 180 Km.
Cervera de Pisuerga: 203 Km.
Toro Enmaromado eve of Corpus, Benavente
Holy Week Zamora, 65 km.
Virgen de la Vega Patron saint of the town
Fair of the Pepper (Pimiento) end of September
Benavente. Romanesque churches.
Santa Marta de Tera (32 km). Romanesque parish church.
Villafáfila (28 km). Lagoon Nature Reserve.
Puebla de Sanabria (82 km). Castle, Romanesque church, Sanabria Lake
Granja de Moreruela (35 km). Ruins of monastery
Arqueologic Route (30 km). Tera Route (80 km). Sierra de la Culebra Route (50 km). Tierra de Campos Route (50 km). Orbigo Route (25 km)
Benavente is a prominent town situated in the north of the capital. It was repopulated by King Fernando II, who also awarded it law-codes in the 12th century.
The most representative building in town is the Parador de Turismo Fernando II hotel, which occupies the Caracol Tower, a 16th-century castle with wide segmental miradors and a beautiful Mudejar coffered ceiling in the main section. But there are other attractions for the visitor, such as the church of Santa María de Azogue, in which the doors, some multicoloured Gothic sculptures and several pillars are very interesting; San Juan del Mercado, with its prominent southern door; and the hospital of La Piedad, an old pilgrims' hostel.
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