Located in the Golden Mile of Ribera del Duero and surrounded by the best D.O. Ribera del Duero wineries in Spain, Castilla Termal Monastery of Valbuena is a 12th C. Cistercian monastery.
It is 2 hours from Madrid International Airport, the route to the Hotel is really relaxing and easy. There are many things to do and see in the region, including the regional Wine Museum, exploring the history and culture of wine and, of course, the opportunity for wine tasting. The Hotel can also arrange horseback tours of the Ribera del Duero taking you through the landscape of the vineyards and the local area. It also hosts the Foundation of the Ages of Man, where you can discover the history of the building, one of the best-preserved monasteries from the 12th C. in Europe.
Or you can just kick back, relax and enjoy the thermal spa properties of the water and enjoy the many spa treatments available. The hotel also has a contrast area with wet and dry areas varying in temperature to achieve blood stimulation and eliminating toxins.
Castilla Termal Monastery of Valbuena offers 79 rooms (25 double rooms, 22 deluxe, 30 junior suites and 2 special suites) looking to the Douro river, the 12th C. church main façade and/or to the vineyards of Ribera del Duero. All the rooms preserve the charm and elegance of the 12th C. Monastery. This historical building offers a modern decoration, integrated with the vintage furniture without breaking the harmony and identity of this impressive building. Services: Free Wi-Fi, bathrobe, slippers, shower cap, amenities in the bathroom made from our mineral-medicinal waters, selection of pillows, minibar, still water f.o.c. All bathrooms have both shower and bathtub, and all its sinks are made of Corian material.
Our gastronomic proposal is based on the ‘km 0’ culture, which means most of the hotel’s suppliers are local farmers and ranchers. We based our cuisine on the local traditional slow food. The gastronomic space at Castilla Termal Monastery of Valbuena has an exclusive à-la-carte restaurant, ”Converso”, which suggests both traditional and modern cuisine, prepared with the highest quality local products of Ribera del Duero. The Hotel also has a cafeteria, ”La Cilla”, with lighted options which can be tasted on the Monks Cave, the old cave inside the Monastery. The Hotel has also its own kitchen garden from which our Chef and his team collect the seasonal vegetables for our guests.
Activities & Resort Facilities
Castilla Termal Monastery of Valbuena Hotel offers a varied range of tailored activities and excursions. Our guest relations manager and the team will support you in designing your activities while you are in Ribera del Duero. Some of the activities would be visiting any antique wine cave in the area, harvesting during the season, hot-air balloon traveling across the area vineyards, visiting the Castle of Peñafiel, visiting some traditional lamb, olive oil and cheese farms, biking close to the river and its natural area, birdwatching, etc.
We invite you not only to immerse yourself in the well-being of our waters but also in the customs and activities whose roots run deep in the region of the Ribera del Duero. With this aim in mind, we have put together a set of maps so that while you are staying here you will feel like you are one of the locals.
The Ribera del Duero stands out for its close ties to the world of wine, its customs, and its natural environment. Its people are deeply conscious of it, so if there is one thing you can experience in the surroundings of the Golden Mile of La Ribera, it is a unique wine tourism experience.
The first thing you must do is go for a walk among the vineyards of the region, then visit the wineries (bodegas) and taste their marvelous vintage red wines with the designation of origin Ribera del Duero.
Apart from the vineyards, water is the main feature of the area, hand in hand with the Douro River, so you can walk or cycle your way from San Bernardo, while you travel through its villages such as Valbuena de Duero and Quintanilla de Onésimo.
The local old towns have a special charm. A visit to Tudela de Duero is a must; you can taste and purchase its traditional asparagus in the various local shops and restaurants. Come to Peñafiel, take a walk by the Plaza del Coso and enjoy the spectacular views from the Castle.
Enjoying the local cuisine is a must in your visit, these are some of the things that must not be missed: garlic soup, a pincho of sucking lamb “al sarmiento” in the Traspinedo district and roast suckling lamb at our Restaurante Converso.
At the weekend, you mustn’t skip the hour of the vermouth, where you can try exquisite tapas in the local bars made in the traditional way with local products and combined with their best wines.
In our own facilities, you can get an insider’s sense of the area’s rural culture by visiting our organic garden with a gardener, touring the monastery’s historical premises, enjoying a group tasting in unique spaces such as the ”Bodega de los Monjes” (the Monks’ Winery), where the Cistercian monks, the fathers of the wines of the D.O. Ribera del Duero founded the vine-growing and wine-making culture of the region. In addition, during your stay with us, you can enjoy our “Vino Converso” wine, exclusively for our guests.
Depending on the time of year when you visit the Castilla Thermal Spa in the Monastery of Valbuena, you will be able to enjoy the traditional celebrations and festivals, in which the out-of-towners contribute all of their effort and enthusiasm, such as: Easter, the descent of the angel in Peñafiel, the Tudela Asparagus Festival, the festivals of the patron saints in summer (such as the Chundará folk festival in Peñafiel), the wine harvest festival, medieval markets and historical reenactments of the region.
This space is designed for relaxation and benefits from the properties of mineral-medicinal water in their comfortable and innovative facilities. Our team works in the incorporation of the best techniques, combined with the application of our mineral-medicinal water and high-quality cosmetic products, in order to create uniqueness treatments for our customers. The water of Valbuena Spa comes from a 386 meters-depth aquifer catchment of mineral-medicinal water, which in the 12th C. was used by the Cistercian monks to irrigate the vineyards that today are a part of Ribera del Duero DO. Cataloging according to its composition: Mineral-sulphited, sodium-calcium, hypothermal and medium-mineralized mineral water. The upwelling temperature is 25 ° C. The Spring of San Bernardo has a flow of 2,246,400 liters per day.
THE THERMAL POOL: Hydrothermal resort including a thermal mineral-medicinal pool. It activates blood circulation, relaxes the muscles and produces a sensation of absolute calm and well-being. It offers different jacuzzis, beds, and individual massage bubble seats, a series of relaxing and descontracting water streams, curtains, and water jets, as well as rest areas. The average water temperature is between 32°C to 34°C and the depth is between 1.30 meters and 50 centimeters.
CAPILLA DE SAN PEDRO CONTRAST CIRCUIT: It is a recreation of the Treasury Chapel, also known as the San Pedro Chapel, located outside the church, at the south side of the Monastery. This circuit is for private groups of 4-8 people maximum, and it is guided by our team. During the circuit, you will enjoy of Sauna, Bithermal shower, Footbath, Pools of hot and cold water, Hamman, Ice fountain, Restroom where you can enjoy tea and fruits by the fireplace. The full experience has a length of 2 hours.
The Hotel also offers a varied range of spa and beauty treatments (wrap, thermal shower, thermal jet, all type of massages, sauna, Vichy shower, etc), by using its own material based on its natural spring waters, and/or by cooperating with Clarins for giving our guests the best experience ever.
The hotel is not child-focused, but it is child-friendly. We have specific opening hours of the thermal pool for them to enjoy it, as well as a kids room for them to play with a babysitter in there (this service is on request, free of charge during weekends and national bank holidays)-We also have a special gastronomic offer for children. We offer free of charge cots for babies up to 2 years old, and extra bed (with cost) for children of 3 to 12 years old.
The guest can book their stay from ”only accommodation”, which would include accommodation, access to the gym, access to the historical rooms of the Monastery, and access to the summer pool. But most of our guests book the Thermal Plus Escape proposal, which includes Accommodation, breakfast buffet (superb, with local, regional and healthy products), unlimited access to the thermal pool, access to the gym and to the summer pool, and a lunch or dinner à la carte.
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