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Make a holiday villa in Paramos your home away from home

If you're planning to getaway from it all for a few days amid exceptional natural beauty then a holiday home in in Paramos would be a great choice. Paramos villas are warm, rustic and traditional, with original features like stone walls and wooden beams. Your accommodation here will be the perfect base for holiday full of scenic walks, visits to medieval towns and, if you're feeling intrepid, a host of adventure sports, from rafting to climbing. Paramos holiday homes are close to large natural parks, where the famous river Ebro snakes through towering canyons, dense forest and idyllic green valleys.

Things to do

-Hiking. The Ebro is one of Spain's great rivers, starting not far from Paramos and reaching the Mediterranean several hundred kilometres to the southeast in Catalonia. A walking trail, the GR-99, follows the scenic course of the river. Just to the north of Paramos is the Gorges of the High Ebro and Rudron Natural Park, which protects some fantastic rocky landscapes, including sheer cliffs and waterfalls, as well as rich fauna.

-Watersports. The local Rudron and Ebro rivers provide a fantastic setting for water-based activities like kayaking, canoeing, paddle surfing, rafting and canyoning. There are four adventure sports companies nearby offering all the equipment you need to get started, while also organising expeditions of their own. Land-based activities include mountain-biking, climbing, horseback rides, and even bungee jumping.

-Local heritage. The Sedano Valley features one of Spain's richest concentrations of Romanesque architecture. This is exemplified by the Church of San Esteban, which sits atop the mountain, El Castro. It dates to 1188 and is full of interesting and well-preserved elements, such as an extremely intricate carving in the portico. The nearby town of Orbach del Castillo is well worth seeing, for the strange karst rock formations that loom over the buildings here.

-Burgos. The standout attraction in this city is the UNESCO-listed cathedral, which alone is worth the trip. It's part of the famous Camino de Santiago and contains the tomb of the 11th Century Spanish hero El Cid. The cathedral building is from the 13th Century and is designed in the gothic style. The historic centre of Burgos is also neatly preserved and corresponds to the original walls, while just outside the city is the impressive Cistercian abbey, Las Huelgas.

-Gastronomy. The cuisine of the Burgos region is simple and hearty, founded on basics like bread, meat and local wine. If you're an oenophile then you could visit one of the wineries in the Ribero del Duero and Ribera del Arlanza regions. A popular dish in the Burgos area is leg of lamb roasted with honey, thyme and olive oil, or you could try Castilian soup, which involves bread, garlic, eggs and tomatoes.

Weather in Paramos

Paramos has a continental climate bringing fresh winters and warm summers. If you're heading to holiday accommodation in Paramos between June and September then you can be prepared for sunny conditions and temperatures in the mid-20s. There isn't much rain in summer, with around four or five wet days per month. On higher ground, snowfall can be quite frequent during the winter. The city of Burgos to the south tends to have five snowy days each December. Temperatures are generally somewhere between zero and five degrees from December and March.

Travel to Paramos

The closest airport to Paramos is Burgos (RGS), which handles only domestic flights from Barcelona and the Balearic Islands. If you're getting to a villa in Paramos from Britain then the most convenient choice is Santander (SDR), which is 130 kilometres to the north of this area. The drive down to Paramos shouldn't take much more than an hour as you can take the A-67 toll road. Burgos has rail connections with cities like Madrid, Bilbao and Valladolid, while you can also catch a ferry from Plymouth or Portsmouth to Santander.

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                                                                                                  Recent Reviews

                                                                                                  Beautiful property inside and out in a unique plac

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                                                                                                  I’ve stayed in lots of self-catering cottages in the UK and abroad, some of them very expensive, and this probably had the best interior finish of any. The stone walls, wooden beams and many other features made you feel you were in a Grand Designs house. Yet it wasn’t intimidating, just comfortable. The garden is on the small side but perfectly big enough for a BBQ, or relaxing on a lounger. We live in the countryside but what is almost overwhelming is the silence and peace of the place. There are plenty of walks and bike rides from the house. I went out on my bike in the morning along normal roads for two hours and saw only 5 cars. The area is very quiet. The nearby town has most things you could need and the market is definitely worth a visit. There was a good atmosphere there and you would probably be the only tourists there but without a sense of awkwardness. The nearby lake by the town is definitely worth a visit. It’s great for swimming and there’s even a sandy beach next to pine trees. Burgos is worth a visit and the beaches by Santander are great, and both only an hour away. Lots of mountains are closer and whether you want to walk or cycle, there is a lot to do and explore. The English owners were very helpful and the business side of things was very straight forward and efficient. Don’t come here if you want clubs and crowds but if you want a relaxing or active holiday, staying in a beautiful cottage, this is a great place to come. Don’t miss out on ordering an empanada from the housekeeper!
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: Sep 23, 2015
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015