Parador de Limpias - 19th century palace (4*)
Just a few minutes from the coast in the little village of Limpias, is conveniently situated roughly half way between Bilbao and Santander. It comprises a 20th-century palace designed by Emilio de la Torriente for a local nobleman.
The Palacio de Eguilior, as it is known, was used as the summer home of the council of King Alfonso XIII (reigned 1886–1931), and is surrounded by 5 hectares of park land containing so many rare specimen trees that it has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
A recently added extension to the palace is a light and airy modern wing, designed in the Bauhaus style and offering bright, spacious rooms. The entrance to the palace grounds consists of a 20th century arc, truly reflecting its noble history. A pretty courtyard to the front of Parador de Limpias is perfect for evening strolls. The grounds also include expansive gardens, a tennis court and a swimming pool. The interior of the Parador has all the elegance one would expect of a former palace, and guests are greeted by a grand staircase fit for royalty. Other facilities available at the Parador include a gym, a sauna and an indoor heated swimming pool.
The Parador de Limpias boasts a restaurant which comes with excellent reviews and offers both seafood from the nearby coast, such as Marmita (a traditional fisherman’s stew) and clams sautéed in parsley sauce, and hearty fare from the Cantabrian mountains, such as Cocido montañés (a bean and sausage casserole). The large dining room offers views over the