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Situated at one of the most important confluences of communications routes in Spain; its enviable location in the northwestern part of the peninsula has made it an important crossroads throughout history. It lies on various pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela: the Vía de la Plata (Silver Route), Camino de Oriente (Eastern Asturias Route), Valladolid Route, Tera Valley Route and Asturias Route.

The venue for the legislative assembly in 1176, the Parador de Turismo de Benavente is located on the site of the former castle/palace of the counts of Benavente. Construction of the building began in the 12th century and it was subsequently expanded by successive occupants in the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries. 

The hotel is connected to the Renaissance-style Caracol Tower, the only part of the former structure to be preserved. It is also next to La Mota Gardens, Benavente's most important green space, with excellent views of the Tera and Órbigo river valleys.

The tower features a magnificent Mudejar coffered ceiling and a period bar.

Environment
Puebla de Sanabria (82 km)
Castle
Romanesque Churches
Lake of SanabriaSaint Marta de Tera (32 km) Romanesque Parish ChurchBenavente, Romanesque ChurchesVillafáfila, National Park of the Lakes (28 km)Tours
Archaeological Tour (30 km)
Tour of Tera (80 km)
Tour of the Sierra de la Culebra (50 km)
Tour of the Tierra de Campos (50 km)
Tour of Órbigo (25 km)
Granja de Moreruela,  Monastery Ruins (25 km)
Golf: Golf Villarrin, 9-Hole (36 km)
General data about parador hostel
Parador hotel Parador de Benavente Stars 4
Capacity 74 Places Styles castle
Director Gaspar Vallés Ruíz Chef Bartolomé Durillo Durillo
Address Paseo de la Mota, s/n
Autonomous community Castilla y León Province Zamora
Town Benavente Postcode 49600
Latitude 41.999018 Longitude -5.681176
Telephone +34 980630300 Fax +34 980630303
Email benavente@parador.es
Distance to airport 75 Km.
Distance to the port 195 Km.
Distance to train 70 Km.
Services offered by the parador hostel
air conditioning elevator
bar safe
foreign exchange conferences and meetings
handicapped facilities garden
mini-bar no animals
parking seasonal swimming pool
restaurant hairdryer in guest rooms
credit cards telephone in guest rooms
shop TV in guest rooms
wi-fi  
Activities offered by the parador hostel
Horseback riding Hunting
Big and small game hunting Lecture and skywatching
Cycling tourism Adventure sports (upon request)
Hiking Soccer
Golf Birdwatching
Boat rides Trout fishing
River fishing Canoeing
Natural pools Mushroom picking
Horseback trail rides Nature tours
Ecology tours Hiking (unguided)
Cultural tours of the city Winery tours
Archaeological tours Cultural tours

In the province of Zamora, it is quite common to have tapas as an appetizer. The most popular are beef and chicken sweetbreads, tripe, pork jowls, pork skewers and dos y pingada (fried eggs and ham). You can also enjoy a wide variety of fresh fish, including trout from Sanabria Lake and crayfish. There is even fish from Galicia, as the province of Zamora is located along the delivery route to Madrid.

Finish off your dining experience with luscious sweets such as rebojos zamoranos (a sort of cupcake), aceitadas (anise cookies), borrachos (sponge cake soaked in liqueur syrup), empiñonados (marzipan cookies with pine nuts), tocinillo de cielo (caramel custard) or delicious tarta del císter, an almond and angel hair cake made by the nuns of Benavente.

Information on the halls
Number of halls 4
Minimum capacity of halls 20
Maximum capacity of halls 120
How to get there?

The most common route is via the A-6 (Madrid-A Coruña). From Ourense, Vigo and Pontevedra, you can also take the A-52 or the Ruta de la Plata (N-630). Once in town, follow signs for the Parador and/or Torre del Caracol.

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