Parador de Tui
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- Single rooms (3)
- Twin rooms (21)
- Double rooms (7)
- Room with living room (2)
- Capacity (57)
- Central heating
- Deposit box
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Tennis court
- Swimming pool
- Airport (25km)
- Station (2km)
- Port (30km)
Parador de Tui - Traditional Galician Manor House (4*)
The Parador de Tui occupies a traditional Galician Manor House located 1km from Tui town centre, on the northern Portuguese border. The Parador combines its striking granite-walled and castellated tower with a modern extension. Plenty of large windows give this Parador a bright and airy feel, and allow guests to make the most of the stunning natural scenery.
Aiming to emulate the traditional Galician rural mansions of the past, Tui's Parador features wooden flooring, ceilings, and beams prominently throughout the property. The large stone terrace boasts incredible views over the Miño River, as well as offering a seating area to recline and take in the peaceful evenings with a drink.
Bedrooms offer a mix of traditional and contemporary styles with some featuring dark wood furniture and hangings, whilst others are decorated in pale colours creating a light atmosphere.
A luscious garden surrounds Tui’s Parador providing plenty of space to relax, and a lovely place for evening walks amongst the flowers. The verdant garden area features a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, and a children’s play area.
Locally caught fish is much in evidence on the menu in the restaurant, for example in the Empanada de Zoubas o bacalao (pastry filled with fried onions and sardines or cod). Other dishes on offer include Caldo Gallego (a stew of broad beans, potato, greens and cabbage) and Tarta San Ero (a chocolate sponge cake).
Located south of Vigo on the Portuguese border near the mouth of the River Miño, the ancient Galician town of Tui stands proudly overlooking its Portuguese neighbour separated only by the river that flows between them.
Known to Greek geographers before the arrival of the Romans, the town has a rich history and was in the buffer zone between Christians and Moors in the early Middle Ages. As a result, the town is home to a number of fascinating historical buildings, most notable of which is the cathedral that dates back to the 11th and 13th centuries. At first glance, the cathedral has the appearance of a fortress with its crenelated towers, but a wander inside uncovers an unmistakably beautiful religious structure with both Romanesque and Gothic elements.
Another fascinating building in the town is the Santo Domingo Convent, founded in 1330 by Franciscan friars, the building was completed in the early 16th century with neoclassical additions in the 18th century. The convent’s proudest features are its impressive bell-tower which forms part of the façade, and the intricate carvings on the beams and Gothic doorway.
Situated only 5 miles from Tui is the Monte Aloia Nature Reserve. The mountain was the first nature spot in Galicia to be declared a Nature Reserve and is the perfect place for views across the Louro Valley and Vigo Estuary. Galicia is one of Spain’s greenest regions with plenty of forests and an expansive countryside. The Baixo Miño region is no exception with fantastic natural beauty, such as the River Miño which forms a natural frontier between Spain and Portugal. It is also home to some beautiful Galician towns such as the coastal town of A Guarda, with its colourful houses, its colonial architecture and wonderful gastronomy.
Galicia, like the Basque Country and Catalonia, has its own regional language and customs in addition to its Spanish heritage, therefore Tui is a perfect spot to immerse yourself in the rich local traditions. Sampling the local cuisine is a must for visitors to Galicia, so make sure to try some delicacies such as Cocido Gallego (a meat, potato, and chickpea stew) and Empanada Gallega (a typical pie filled with meat or fish).
|Click here for Lorna Roberts' expert view of this Parador as she journeys through Galicia|
Parador's 'Gastrobar' concept
Extensive lunch and dinner menus are served in the new 'Gastrobar', which offers a range of meal options from light snacks to 3 course dinners in an informal but well serviced environment. We hope you enjoy this new experience.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Breakfast is served from 8.00 to 11.00 and dinner from 20.30 to 23.00.
It may be possible to arrive up to 22.30 and still enjoy a meal.
Locally caught fish is much in evidence on the menu in the restaurant, for example in the Empanada de Zoubas o bacalao (pastry filled with fried onions and sardines or cod). Other dishes on offer include Caldo gallego (a stew of broad beans, potato, greens and cabbage) and Tarta San Ero (a chocolate sponge cake).
The opening dates for the outdoor swimming pools are from the 01 June until the 30 September 2019.
Please note the opening and closing dates will depend on the weather and availability of lifeguards.
How to get there
This Parador is located 1 km away from the centre of Tui, on the banks of the river Miño, near the bridge which crosses into Portugal. From the north of Galicia, the principal access route is the Atlántico motorway (A9) to Vigo and from Vigo, the Rias Baixas motorway up until the last turn-off before reaching Portugal (nº 172 Tui-A Guarda-O'Rosal exit). Another route would be the N-550, or from the rest of the country, the N-120, exiting at Porriño, to take the Rias Baixas motorway towards Portugal.
Baiona - 25km
Pontevedra - 49km
Cambodas - 74km
Santiago de Compostela - 108km
Santiago Airport - 110km
Region & Cuisine
Occupying the north-west corner of Spain and forming the border with the north of Portugal, the Autonomous Community of Galicia is known as the land of 1,000 rivers.
Very much part of what is becoming popularly known as ‘Green Spain’, many Spaniards consider this as their favourite region of the country and regularly come here for their holidays in July and August to escape the extreme heat of the cities and countryside further south. The climate of Galicia is mild and akin to that of Britanny: maximum temperatures in the summer are around 20°C and in winter rarely fall below 5°C, with rain not at all uncommon during the winter months.
The interior of the region is largely hilly – not really mountainous – and criss-crossed by the rivers that flow down to the Cantabrian sea in the north and to the Atlantic in the west, many of them forming the famous Galician ‘Rias’, or small fjords. Stretches of the coast line have magnificent beaches and beautiful fishing villages, while in other areas the coast is wild and rocky with steep cliffs.
The principal cities in Galicia include Lugo, Ourense, Vigo and La Coruña (or A Coruña) but for most visitors the big attraction - and what an attraction - is Santiago de Compostela with its incomparable Cathedral of St James. To stand in the main square of the city (Plaza do Obradoiro) facing the Cathedral and with the magnificent Parador ‘Hostal dos Reis Catolicos’ to your left is an experience to be savoured.
Also to be savoured is Galician cuisine, which enjoys a very high reputation throughout Spain principally for its excellent fish and seemingly endless varieties of shellfish. Whatever you enjoy that comes out of the sea, you’re virtually certain to find it in Galicia – as fresh as can be, and of the highest quality.
Apart from sea food, other Galician specialities well worth trying are:
Caldo Gallego – very much part of Galician cuisine, this is essentially a warming soup consisting of cabbage, potatoes, beans and ham or chorizo.
Lacon con Grelos – salted ham with young turnip tops.
Cocido Gallego – meat, potatoes and chickpea stew.
Empanada Gallega – a typical pie with fish or meat.
To accompany all this, the local Albariño white wines are extremely good, and as a digestif (also good for a sore throat!) try ‘orujo’ which is similar to grappa.
Last but not least, remember that Galicia has its own language - Gallego - which is a kind of mixture of Spanish (Castellano) and |Portuguese. Gallego is widely spoken, and used for road and other signs, throughout the region, but practically all ‘Gallegos’ also speak Castellano.
Please be aware of the following:
- 'Special Offers' are subject to the availability of a number of rooms per night and/or a specific meal basis.
- Age restrictions apply to the 'Golden Days' Offer (for those aged 55 and over) and the 'Young Persons' Offer (for those aged between 18 and 30). All reservations made using these tariffs are checked upon your arrival at the Parador(s) booked to ensure that at least one person in a room qualifies for the restricted tariff. In the case that you do not qualify for the restricted tariff, the Parador will apply the standard rate without exception and you will be required to pay a supplement locally. However only one person (per room) needs to qualify for either of these two reductions.