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 The Paradores of Galicia, Spain

Luxurious hotels in historic & cultural buildings in "Green Spain"

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A Coruña - FerrolClick to view map
Ferrol - in A Coruña province, north west Spain, in Galicia. The naval base on the Atlantic was built in the 18th century and is one of the most important in Spain. Shipbuilding and ironworks are the main industries. Francisco Franco, El Caudillo, was born there, and from 1939 to the early 1980s it was known as El Ferrol del Caudillo.
Exterior Views Parador de Ferrol, Ferrol
In the centre of Ferrol, an attractive, seafaring city, the Parador rises up, recreating in its image the essence of a Galician mansion with glazed galleries and a singular marine setting. The decoration displays nautical elements, world maps and navigational instruments in the common rooms and spaces. The main staircase has an ancient lamp from a boat and the maritime motifs abound in the living rooms. The bedrooms are spacious and boast ochre and dark shades; some, with viewpoints and balconies, are favoured by magnificent views over the port. Enjoy fantastic views from the Parador windows whilst having a delicious breakfast. The restaurant serves squid in mugardesa sauce. Don’t miss the local Ferrol cake on the dessert menu. Unmissable! 
A Coruña - Santiago de CompostelaClick to view map
Santiago de Compostela, the "European City of Culture" for the year 2000, is located in the northwest region of Spain in the province of A Coruña. It is the capital of the autonomous community of Galicia.  The city's cathedral is the destination of the important medieval pilgrimage route, the Way of St James (in Spanish the Camino de Santiago), which is still walked today.  The cathedral fronts on the main Plaza of the old and well-preserved city. Across the square is the Pazo de Raxoi (Raxoi's Palace,) the town hall and seat of the Galician Xunta, and on the right from the cathedral steps is the Hostal de Los Reyes Católicos, founded in 1492 by the Catholic Kings, Isabela and Fernando, as a pilgrim's hospice (now a parador.) 
Parador de Santiago de Compostela - Reis Catolicos
Royal Hospital, late 15th century pilgrims' hostel - Combining history, art and tradition, the goal of pilgrims and the emblem of St. James, the Hostal dos Reis Católicos, in the Plaza do Obradoiro, forms together with the cathedral one of the world’s most remarkable, and most visited, urban settings. The Hostal, which first saw life as a Royal Hospital in 1499 to house the many pilgrims arriving in Santiago, today still invites the traveller to enjoy this universal and fascinating city. Considered the oldest hotel in the world, it is also one of the most luxurious and beautiful. It has four extremely beautiful cloisters, elegant public rooms, spectacular bedrooms and a luxurious dining room offering Galician style fish and meats and the classic apple filloa pies and crème brulee.
Monforte de Lemos (Lugo)Click to view map
Monforte de Lemos is a city and municipality in northwestern Spain, in the province of Lugo, Galicia. It covers an area of 200 km² and lies 62 km from Lugo. As of 2005 it had a population of 19,472. It is located in a valley between the shores of Sil River and Miño River, in the area known as "Ribeira Sacra" (Sacred Shore), being the capital of the area. The city lies on the Cabe, a tributary of the Sil River.
Parador de Monforte de Lemos
The monumental group of buildings of San Vicente do Pino stands at the highest point of the town of Monforte de Lemos: the Torre del Homenaje, the monastery of San Vicente do Pino and the Palace of the Counts of Lemos, these last two housing the Parador de Monforte.  The origins of the monastery date from the 9th century, although the present building, which replaced an earlier one on the same site, was built in the 17th century in the Neoclassical style. The Neoclassical central cloister boasts very fine stonework and is the monument’s main point of architectural interest.  The restored monastery is now a hotel with 50 rooms, distributed around the central cloister and an annex known as 'Casa del Monte Fuerte’, with a total capacity of 100 guests.
Nogueira de Ramuin (Ourense)Click to view map
Ourense - Ourense is surrounded by mountains on all sides. These mountains have isolated the province from the more populated coast and the fertile lands of the central meseta. Until a modern highway was built in recent years linking Ourense with Vigo in the west and Benavente in the east, the only viable way for people to enter or leave the province was by railroad.

Nogueira de Ramuín is a municipality in Ourense (province) in the Galicia region of north-west Spain.

Parador de Santo Estevo, Nogueira de Ramuin
This Benedictine monastery in the middle of the Ribeira Sacra, an area of outstanding natural beauty where the rivers Miño and Sil meet, is one of Galicia’s monastic centres and now a holiday highlight. The existence of the Monastery has been proven in the 10th century, although its origins appear to be in the 6th and 7th centuries. In the monastery styles range from Romanesque to Baroque, with three remarkable cloisters (Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance). The Hotel has a total of 77 rooms distributed around three cloisters of different styles and periods. The rooms are particularly interesting as they are all different, some with impressive views over the landscape and the valleys of the river Sil.  The Hotel has a restaurant with terrace by the chestnut forest, a café with terrace in the entrance cloister, lounges and beautiful gardens.  The hotel also has a relaxing spa. The restaurant offers river products, thanks to its position, and traditional Galician dishes, with the local wines taking a starring role.
PontevedraClick to view map
Pontevedra is a provincial capital of the Pontevreda province. The province is composed of the city of Pontevedra and of fifteen rural parishes.  Like much of the western coast of Galicia, Pontevedra has a temperate, rainy climate, but with peculiarities stemming from its location surrounded by mountains and the ría. Temperatures are pleasant for most of the year (mild winters and summers).  An ancient town and medieval port, Pontevedra has been described as a "definitive old gallego town". Sights include the pilgrim chapel in the Praza da Peregrina, the historic Zona Monumental (old city), the Praza de Leña, the market, and the Alameda, a promenade along the ría. One of Christopher Columbus' ships (the "Santa María") was built in Pontevedra.
Exterior Views Parador de Pontevedra, Pontevedra
16th century renaissance palace - The Parador occupies a palace which was formerly the residence of the Counts of Maceda. In the historic centre of the city, it combines regal, noble lines with countless references to rural retreat in surroundings which invite one to explore the many coves and beaches. Distinguished, lordly and illustrious are three definitions of the interior, with a plethora of fine details, antiques and regal furnishings, and relaxing garden views. The carved stone staircase is noteworthy, leading to welcoming rooms and accentuating the aristocratic character of the Parador. Let us come into the restaurant, decorated with regal furniture, suited to the rest of the common areas. The menu is very varied, giving us the chance to taste the meats, fishes and shellfishes of the region, everything accompanied by the excellent Albariño, Ribeiro or Mencía wines. 
Pontevedra - BaionaClick to view map
Baiona - located southwest of Vigo lies the city of Baiona, a small but interesting place, especially in summer, when all the tourist facilities are fully offered to all visitors. Some of the interest points of Baiona are its old beautiful buildings, sculptures, cultural places, etc. The Fortress is the most appreciable construction, walled and surrounded by the sea. Some of the more visible facilities are the sailing port and the Monte Real yacht club.
Exterior Views Parador de Baiona, Pontevedra Province
Situated on the Monterreal peninsula, this is one of the most unique Paradors; the building is mid-way between a medieval fortress and seigniorial Gallegan architecture. It commands an impressive viewpoint above the ocean within a walled enclosure. It is protected by the sea and has a beautiful pine forest on either side.  The hotel has magnificent, stylish rooms full of decorative features from different eras. Manorial rooms and spacious bedrooms, many boasting spectacular sea views, make up a grandiose interior along with its outstanding stone staircase in the entrance hall.  Specialities and traditional dishes - Excellent Moaña Veal - You have to try the fantastic Gallegan cuisine offered by the Parador. Sea bass with razor clams in rapini sauce, shell fish dishes, tarta de Santiago (Galician almond tart), filloas (Galician pancakes), and Moaña veal. A total delight for the palate. 
Pontevedra - CambadosClick to view map
Cambados - in the heart of Albariño wine country. This town offers a lot of possibilities of finding out about its past and its tradition. View the noble stately home of Figueroa, with several shields and original balconies in the tower, and the neo-classical church of San Bieito.
Parador de Cambados, Cambados, Pontevedra Province
The former, Pazo de Bazán, was an ancestral mansion built in the 17th Century; it is located on the green landscapes of the Rías Baixas, on the Ría de Arousa. The Gallegan coast is dotted with leafy pine trees, beaches and numerous country houses.  The Parador is in the centre of the small village of Cambados, only a short distance from the Isla de la Toxa. It has a pretty interior courtyard with and outstanding arcade and fountain, as well as a slender palm tree.  It also has pleasant and light bedrooms with accommodating furniture.  The other rooms feature stone columns, wooden ceilings and beams, as well as the gardens and an inviting swimming pool.  There are many types of empanadas (breaded dishes). But none like the Gallegan variety. The best of all is the breaded cockles. You can also enjoy delicious seafood and fish dishes such as lenguado al Albariño (sole cooked in Albariño wine).
Pontevedra - TuiClick to view map
Tui - The frontier town of Tui lies close to the river Miño and is one of the most attractive and picturesque places in Galicia.  Tui also has one of the richest, most varied and surprising historical and artistic heritages in Galicia. The most outstanding construction without a doubt is the Cathedral, located in the highest area of the town.
Exterior Views Parador de Tui, Tui, Pontevedra
This hotel in the historic city of Tui, on the Portuguese border, is a faithful reproduction of a pazo or Galician country house, in a setting of mountains and rivers.  This establishment is ideal for sports and activities in natural surroundings.  With its granite walls and floors, ceilings, beams and staircases of local chestnut wood, it recreates the typical pazo of the area.  The gentle colours and rustic furnitire create a welcoming, soothing atmosphere in the comfortable bedrooms. There is also a splendid swimming pool and a beautiful garden.  The food offered in the Parador is a treat for the most adventurous palates. Beef from Galicia, fish, rice with lobster, hake with Albariño wine, exquisite lampreys Tudense style, angulas al ajillo (eels, in season only), and San Ero cake are just a few of the delightful dishes we recommend. Albariños are the stars of the wine list, as the Parador is close to many of the most important producers of this denomination.
Ribadeo - Lugo ProvinceClick to view map
Ribadeo - The Ribadeo estuary forms a natural link between Galician territory and the neighbouring lands of Asturias on the opposite bank. On this deep estuary, formed by the river Eo, the main town is Ribadeo.  Ribadeo is an attractive town with a castle and many colonial style buildings.  It is also an early stop on one of the Caminos, or pilgrim routes.  Located just over 100 kms from Lugo.
Exterior Views Parador de Ribadeo, Ribadeo
The Hotel occupies a traditional Galician country house on the Ribadeo estuary, a centre for sailing and holidaymaking, next to the coast of Asturias. Its magnificent location, on the border between Galicia and Asturias, offers the possibility of enjoying unique views of the landscape of Galicia, the Ribadeo estuary and the little villages of the Asturias bank of the river, an extraordinary panorama which can be seen from the dining room. A graceful, elegant seaside style predominates in the hotel interior. The rooms are welcoming and comfortable, some with splendid views.  Come into the Parador dining room and enjoy local Galicia cookery with dishes such as empanada (pie), lacón (ham) or soups. The local seafood is particularly good. Make a point of trying it. 
Verín - OurenseClick to view map
Verín - Verín is a town of services with declining agricultural activity. There is a denominated wine region - Monterrey - located in the surrounding area. Carnival here is one of the most original in Spain with masked figures running through the streets brandishing whips and making an interesting sound caused by cowbells tied to their waists. Everything has a medieval air, with little influence from the Brazilian-style carnival, which has become popular in other Spanish and Portuguese cities.  Verín has one major tourist sight, which is Monterrey Castle, a huge complex looming over the rather non-descript urban area.
Exterior Views Parador de Verín, Verín - Ourense
Opposite the medieval fortress of Monterrei, the structure is like a pazo, the typical country house of Galicia, with a crenellated tower, lovely views of the castle, Verín and the prestigious vineyards of the valley.  Some of the hotel bedrooms have views of the swimming pool and gardens. The cooking of Galicia is full of delicious treats - A few examples: posta de bacalao (cod), beef Galician style, lacón con grelos (boiled ham and greens) and of course, caldeirada de merluza (fish stew), all accompanied by the exquisite fogaciños (a local kind of bread). And to finish, delicious filloas a la crema flavoured with eau-de-vie. These must be tasted. 
Vilalba - LugoClick to view map
Vilalba - famous for its tower, the "Torre de los Andrade en Vilalba.  The town is approximately 35 kms from the provincial capital of Lugo.
Exterior Views Parador de Vilalba, Vilalba - Lugo
This impressive tower from medieval Galicia, now converted into a hotel, dominates the landscape of this town, centre of the "Terra Chá" area, which originated from this fortress, home of the Andrades, the counts of Vilalba.  The hotel offers cosy, welcoming spaces with a medieval air; in the tower, 6 bedrooms share this medieval style with the Salón de los Andrade, with frescos and coats of arms.  In the shadow of the tower, the new stone building is in the style of a pazo, the Galician country house, housing the remaining 42 bedrooms, the restaurant and bar.  Lacón con grelos (ham stew with greens), Raxo pie, beef kebab Don Nuño, roscón de Vilalba (local cake), San Simón cheese...  And at Christmas time, the star of the table is a Vilalba capon, roast in the medieval style. Hungry yet?

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