Parador de Vilalba
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- Twin rooms (35)
- Double rooms (13)
- Capacity (96)
- Conference room
- Central heating
- Air conditioned bedrooms
- Canal plus
- Deposit box
- Ambiance music
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Airport (90km)
- Station (35km)
- Port (84km)
Parador de Vilalba - Medieval Stone Tower (4*)
The Parador de Vilalba is situated on the site of the former castle and fortress belonging to the powerful Andrade dynasty. During the Irmandiño revolts of the 15th century the original castle and fortress were destroyed; later to be rebuilt by Diego de Andrade. Following years of feudal instability and changes, the castle fell into disrepair except for the surviving tower which still stands today. In the 1960s the tower became home to the Parador de Vilalba.
The main building of the Parador where the bar, restaurant and most of the rooms are located is a recent addition built using traditional stonework; six of the bedrooms are housed in the old tower. The interior has been carefully decorated and furnished to maintain the building’s character, with traditional paintings, tapestries, light fixtures and coats of arms. There are a number of cosy seating areas, three function rooms, as well as a peaceful garden and terrace where guests can relax. Make sure to sample the traditional regional cuisine and Parador’s speciality dishes in the café, tapas bar or “Castelo dos Andrade” restaurant.
The six rooms located in the tower offer guests the unique experience of staying in a medieval construction. The Parador has one unique room, the Don Manuel room, a former parlour where the nobility once discussed battles and military strategies. This room has been specially designed to enliven your imagination and recreate a part of history.
-Take a delightful stroll along the boardwalk and enjoy the sculptures and frogs.
Situated along the old pilgrim route of the Camino de Santiago, the quaint Galician town of Vilalba lies to the east of La Coruña in the northwest of Spain. The Parador de Vilalba is therefore an ideal stop-over for guests touring the north of Spain due to its close proximity to Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña and Lugo.
Vilalba is a quiet town surrounded by beautiful scenery, ideal for those who enjoy spending time outdoors, walking, hiking or cycling. The region is also known for its hot springs and spas, perfect for unwinding after a long drive. Whilst visiting the region, make sure to sample the famous tear drop shaped San Simón smoked cheese which is produced locally in Vilalba.
The capital of the region, Lugo, is a 40-minute drive from Vilalba. Lugo is the only remaining city in the world which is surrounded by a completely intact Roman wall, and is home to a number of historical sights of interest such as the Roman bridge and Cathedral.
There is garage parking at this Parador.
|Click here for Lorna Roberts' expert view of this Parador as she journeys through Galicia|
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Breakfast is served from 8.00 to 10.30 and dinner from 20.15 to 22.30.
It may be possible to arrive up to 22.00 and still enjoy a meal.
At the restaurant a number of local specialities are on offer, including Empanada de raxo (pastry stuffed with pork loin and onion), Lacón con grelos (pork with greens) and Capón vilalbés (locally bred capon roasted in the medieval style – a special Christmas dish).
- Mr G Messett
My wife and I stayed at this interesting 4 star Parador for 1 night on the third leg of a 7 night self-drive “Rutas” tour organised by Keytel in the UK who specialise in Parador holidays. We encountered a problem with car parking on arrival as the hotel is situated in the centre of town, just inside the old town, which is very cramped with tiny narrow streets where opportunist car parking is almost non existant. There is an underground garage at the hotel, cost 12 Euros per night! Fortunately cars were coming and going fairly regularly and I managed to get a street space outside after a few minutes. The modern building is situated next to, and in the style of, a 15th century medieval Galician stone tower which houses the restaurant and 6 premium suite rooms. All other rooms are to normal Parador standards (basically excellent). Our room was a reasonable size although a bit noisier than other Paradors we have stayed at as the walls seemed thinner. The restaurant food and service were very good as was the breakfast next morning. There was not much else to see in the surrounding area which was simply a normal small shopping area with little of note.
How to get there
The Parador rises up in the old quarter of Vilalba, next to Santa María church. Vilalba is located to the north of Lugo, 35 km along the main N-VI road Madrid-A Coruña, taking the Rabade turn-off along the local C-641 road.
Ferrol - 70km
Ribadeo - 74km
Santiago de Compostela - 105km
Villafranca del Bierzo - 137km
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.