Villafranca del Bierzo is an ideal destination for having a vacations of nature-bonding and tourism. Doing a route through the Médulas in El Bierzo, a stunning natural landscape of Roman gold mines, and strolling around the streets of the town of Villafranca del Bierzo that has been declared Historic Monument Site are two great plans to do while staying at the Parador de Villafranca del Bierzo, an elegant and classy hotel.
Nature bonding at the Médulas
The natural landscape of the Médulas is one of those natural scenes that you want to snap and put into a postcard. The Médulas offer a stunning reddish landscapes in the area that used to be a gold mine in Roman times. In the past, the Romans destroyed the mountains looking for gold, and they found it in the Médulas, place that nowadays is a unique open-air landscape.
Declared as a World Heritage Site and an ideal place to hike, breath fresh air and bond with nature, the Médulas are definitely a must-visit spot in the province of León.
Visiting the Médulas is a plan recommended for spring and autumn, when the vegetation is flourished and the landscape gets full with life and color. The best place to admire the beauty of this landscape is from the viewpoint of Orellán, and the best place to learn about the archeology and the gold mining of the area is in the Aula Arqueológica (archaeological center) of Las Médulas.
To get from the Parador de Villafranca del Bierzo to Las Medulas it is as easy as taking a 30 minutes’ drive through the Carretera de Logroño/N-120.
Walking around Villafranca del Bierzo
Churches, monasteries, convents, fine buildings and the great Parador de Villafranca del Bierzo are what you will find in this historic village in the province of León. Filled with many interesting sights and surrounded by nature, Villafranca del Bierzo is a great plan for a relaxing holiday.
Strolling around the streets of Villafranca will make you feel like taken back in time. Among the many things to see in Villafanca del Bierzo you will find the Medieval bridge, the church of Santiago, the Colegiata de Santa María, the Museum of Natural Sciences, the town hall, the gardens of La Alameda, the main square and many more.
Parador de Villafranca del Bierzo
The perfect place from where to discover the Médulas, the many sights of VIllafranca del Bierzo and the natural surroundings of this village is of course, the stunning Parador de Villafranca del Bierzo. Besides, is also the ideal spot in the province of León to rest if you are doing the Way of Saint James. As the leading tourist accommodation in El Bierzo district, this Parador housed in an elegant and modern building surrounded by nature offers everything you could dream of in a hotel. Big comfortable guest rooms, a restaurant that serves exquisite food, a café and guest lounge, a garden with a seasonal swimming pools with a sauna and an ice fountain. What else do you need?