11/12/2015

Castillo de Arteaga, the excellence of an imperial accommodation

Located in a privileged enclave as the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve in Biscay, the Castillo de Arteaga, former imperial residence converted into a hotel complex, is surrounded by lush vegetation which complements its stunning architectural beauty. But what is the origin of this building?
The castle dates from the thirteenth century, a time when the Gothic style was used in buildings, especially in churches. Wars and bad weather forced to rebuild and restore it more than once until the eighteenth century que, as a result of its founders links with Napoleon III’s wife, Eugenia de Montijo, the fortification passed to the child of the marriage, taking place at that time, at the request of the Emperors, the works that would lead to its present appearance of neo-medieval castle crowned by a neo-Gothic tower.
After the death of the Emperors and their son, the building passed to the House of Alba and in the XXI century was conditioned for hotel use. Its beauty and historical significance made this architectural gem valid to be included in the prestigious guide Relais & Châteaux, which include those accommodations and restaurants, such as Castillo de Arteaga, that have specially equipped facilities and services for all those customers who seek excellence.

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Location

The hotel is located a short distance from the beaches of Laida and Laga and a few kilometers from cities of great beauty and cultural assets as Bilbao, San Sebastián or Gernika. Apart from being well communicated it has an extraordinary location in the Park Urdaibai formed by cliffs, marshes and meadows that will delight lovers of nature and outdoor sports.

As if this were not enough, art lovers will find an attractive claim in Forest of Oma, located the Urdaibai reserve as well, where art and nature are combined in a colorful and original way. In a nod to the paintings made by our prehistoric ancestors in the caves, the artist Agustín Ibarrola reflected some of his paintings on the trunks of the trees, playing with perspectives and creating an authentic outdoor museum in which various geometric, animal and human figures are represented.

 

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Structure

The castle is constructed of limestone and marble Ereño and its different rooms combine the style of fortifications and the style of palaces, transporting guests to the 18th century France. The Castillo de Arteaga has a total of 13 different and tailored to individual preferences every guest can have rooms. Some of the standard rooms and suites are adapted to the access of people with reduced mobility; Napoleón suite has its own private pool and the junior suite has a staircase leading to a private terrace overlooking Urdaibai.
For those guests who like to accompany your reading a relaxing stay, the hotel has a cozy library with fireplace that welcomes guests to enjoy a moment of rest by the fire only in the company.
As for the restaurant, the menu is full of recipes with an air of the Cantabrian Sea, so it is not surprising that some of the popular dishes are bacalao al pil pil or Bilbao, or black grilled monkfish with romesco and garlic shoots .
The dining areas are completed Castle with its winery, located in its particular basement which is intended both as oenological visits and sommelier events, like the rest of the spaces of the hotel, is decorated with French style furniture.

Good food, beautiful landscapes and excellent connections with various towns come together in one of the most historic accommodation in the Basque Country.

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