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Parador de Lerma

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Parador de Lerma - At the highest point of the town of Lerma is found the Ducal Palace. It was constructed on the site of a 15th century castle and built according to architect Francisco de Mora's plans in successive phases between 1601 and 1617. Francisco Gómez de Sandoval y Rojas, first Duke of Lerma, ordered the castle built as a place of lodging, rest an general enjoyment for King Felipe III. 

Description

Parador de Lerma - At the highest point of the town of Lerma is found the Ducal Palace. It was constructed on the site of a 15th century castle and built according to architect Francisco de Mora's plans in successive phases between 1601 and 1617. Francisco Gómez de Sandoval y Rojas, first Duke of Lerma, ordered the castle built as a place of lodging, rest an general enjoyment for King Felipe III. 

This building, which dominates the main plaza in Lerma, features a central courtyard surrounded by columned arcades in alternating sections: the first has 20 Tuscan columns with semi-circular arches, and the second has 20 ionic columns. The palace was superbly restored and converted into a hotel with rooms that have a capacity of 133 persons. Aside from the usual hotel services such as restaurant and convention rooms, the hotel is also equipped with Internet access.

This is by far one of the finest historical hotels in the Paradores chain and Lerma is a charming town which serves as a great base for touring or as a convenient stop-off between Madrid and northern Spain.

Services

Golf Course nearby, Facilities for the disabled, Garage parking

Environment

Visits possible from Lerma

22 Km away: Covarrubias, where one can visit the Collegiate Church of San Cosme y San Damián (15th c.), the Church of Santo Tomás (12th c.), and the squares of Doña Urraca and Doña Sancha. 
31 Km from Lerma: 18th-century Monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos, where one can enjoy listening to the GREGORIAN CHANTS sung by the monastery's monks. The nearby gorge of La Yecla can also be visited. 
In Lerma: Plaza Ducal, Convent of San Juan, Santa Clara Plaza, Convent of Santa Clara, San Pedro Collegiate Church, La Piedad Sanctuary, Arco de la Cárcel (entrance gate through the old medieval wall. 11th c.), Convent of Carmen, Convent of San Blas. 
Burgos (36 km): Burgos old neighborhoods are dominated by the Gothic cathedral that enchants with its many small towers and spires. Around the cathedral, the Gothic churches of San Esteban, San Gil, San Nicolás and Santa Águeda can be found. On the outskirts of town are the splendid Royal Monastery of Las Huelgas and the Miraflores Carthusian monastery. 
Quintanilla de las Viñas (35 km): This town features an 11th century Visigoth church. Not far away and worth a visit is the Romanesque San Quirece abbey, founded by Count Fernán González. 
Sierra de Atapuerca (51 km): Important archeological sites are located in this mountain range, with human remains dating back more than a million years, where the first settlers of the continent of what we now call Europe lived. 
Sierra de la Demanda (45 km): This is a unique mountain range in the southeastern part of the province. In the shadow of its majestic and forever snow-capped peaks, a series of scenic and human elements converge to make the area an attractive natural and tourist paradise. Glacial lakes and sites with dinosaur prints and fossilized trees are also found here. 
Road to Santiago: The strategic geographical situation of what is today the province of Burgos made it a necessary step on the pilgrim¿s road to Santiago, traveled by people from all over Europe in search of the tomb of Saint James.

Other information

Distances from Lerma to the nearest Paradores

Santo Domingo de la Calzada: 104 Km. 
Cervera de Pisuerga: 140 Km. 
Tordesillas: 140 Km. 
Argomaniz: 161 Km. 
Limpias: 170 Km. 
Benavente: 180 Km. 
Leon: 210 Km.

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