The Hotel Izán Puerta de Gredos is located near the village of El Barco de Avila, in a historic, late 18th century building. It is set in a large area of land with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.
The hotel has a reception, coffee bar and several lounges. In the restaurant you can enjoy delicious meals typical of the local cuisine, all prepared with fresh, local produce. In an annex, there is a well equipped spa, with jacuzzi, sauna, Turkish bath, special showers, swimming pool (heated in winter), and a gym.
There is a library which can be used as classroom and the main hall, with its cosy fire places and magnificent views, is the perfect meeting point.
Each room has a different personality created by the area of the building in which it is situated. All rooms are exterior, fully air conditioned, with 32" LCD TV, minibar, safe and free WIFI connection. Every room has a bathroom with whirlpool bathtub.
The hotel is 2km outside Barco de Avila, on the road to Los Llanos de Tormes. If you want to go to the village, the hotel staff can order a taxi for you, otherwise it is a really pleasant 20 minute walk.
Breakfast is included in the weekly price as well as 6 meals. One evening meal is part of the week's activities, normally enjoyed on "Food day". It will be a traditional Spanish dish cooked by the group, using the ingredients bought in the afternoon and enjoyed together in the guide's family home. The cost of the ingredients is included in the price as well as all the drinks, bread, dessert, etc. All the necessary cooking implements will be provided.
If you have special dietary requirements or there is something you do not eat please let us know and we will notify the hotel staff.
For lunch, we can sometimes have tapas or a light meal in town. On the days we visit Salamanca we can eat in restaurant and if we are on a trip somewhere we can ask the restaurant for a packed lunch. If we visit the mountains we will most certainly take a picnic with us.
Offers an exquisite and delicious cuisine including traditional, local dishes all made with local produce. It is prepared by the chef in a flawless manner, highlighting the flavours and aromas. As a recommendation, try local beans stewed with chorizo and Avileño veal steak on the grill with potatoes and peppers.
The hotel is about 210 Km from Barajas airport in Madrid. We will collect you in our mini bus and take you to the hotel in Barco de Avila. It is advisable to choose a flight that lands no later that 17:00. It takes around two hours to drive from the airport, so it is better to arrive earlier to allow time to settle down in your accommodation, explore the town or relax a bit before dinner.
For the return trip, you have to add 2 hours for check-in to the travel time, so booking a flight after 12:30 is advisable to avoid an early rising.
For all our trips and cultural visits we will use our 9 seater Mercedes Vito van