This was a day trip for us – about 250kms each way going past the Gredos mountains and into the ancient and impressive city of Plasencia – but it could easily have been part of a larger trip as Plasencia is about half way towards Lisbon from Madrid.
The Parador is a historical monument to really take your time and appreciate. Above is a photo of the entrance, where you can park if you want, but as we wanted to recharge the Model S we were taken to the underground garage entrance which is built into the ancient city walls, and involves taking a car elevator!
It is every bit as tight as it looks in the photo – both mirrors folded in and red “stop” sensor warnings both front and rear! However, I can honestly say that the Model S fit both entering and exiting the garage, and the charge point the Parador team had prepared was our favourite 22kW outlet:
The contrast between this most modern of 21st century creations and the ruins of the original buildings form close to 1000 years ago visible through the garage window is worth contemplating.
As usual in Drive & Dream trips, a long lunch and walk around the town meant that the car was fully charged when we set off home. Both on the way down and on the way back we could sit at the legal speed limit all the way with no problems, and we got to enjoy a landmark location with great food too.
On a technical note, Plasencia is about 300m lower than Madrid and on the way we used about 210Wh/km whilst on the way back we used about 250Wh/km. The average for sitting at 120km/h is therefore around 230Wh/km for this P85+ with 21″ wheels.