Parador de Cambados
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- Single rooms (12)
- Twin rooms (44)
- Double rooms (11)
- Room with living room (1)
- Capacity (115)
- Conference room
- Central heating
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Tennis court
- Swimming pool
- Golf (30km)
- Airport (50km)
- Station (10km)
- Port (1km)
Parador de Cambados - 17th century manor house (4*)
The Parador is located in the centre of Cambados in one of the finest buildings in the town, a grey stone manor house which dates back to the 17th century. The Parador originally served as a pazo, a Galician country estate which managed the feudal system, and was built on the orders of the local parish priest, a cousin of famous Galician literary figure Countess Emilia Pardo Bazán. It has since been classed as a ‘Property of Cultural Interest’ by the Spanish government.
The Parador’s exterior features long, low classical façades and a square castellated tower, meanwhile within the walls there is an arcaded courtyard where guests may dine whilst listening to the gentle sounds of an old stone fountain.
The public areas feature beamed ceilings and stone pillars, with ceiling-to-floor length windows adorning passageways. Bedrooms aim to emulate the 17th century-style of the Parador de Cambados with wooden flooring and patterned carpets and rugs. Large windows ensure plenty of light, whilst rooms are decorated in mellow colours.
A relaxing pool area consists of a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and tennis court surrounded by lush gardens and dotted with palm trees belying the Parador’s town-centre setting.
The Parador de Cambados’ restaurant, with its low wooden ceiling, creates a cosy and welcoming atmosphere. The restaurant takes advantage of the area’s coastal location and features many high-quality regional dishes using fresh seafood, such as lobster with rice and saffron, a mixed fish grill, Lenguado al Albarino (sole cooked in the famous local white wine) and Empanada Gramada de Millo y zamburiñas (bread parcels stuffed with sautéed onions and scallops).
There is a large parking area at the entrance to the Parador which is free for all guests.
The attractive seaside town of Cambados overlooks the deeply indented Ria de Arousa and its islands, on the west coast of Galicia, between Santiago and Vigo. Surrounded by many beautiful islands, Cambados is the perfect base to explore some of Galicia’s hidden treasures.
This area is steeped in legend and mythology, with countless stories of buried gold, magical creatures, and moon worshippers littering local folklore. Many believe that the enchanting surrounding forests have mystical properties, and even the cynical Roman invaders succumbed to this belief . So much so that many legionaries took part in hunts for buried treasures, pillaging villages in search of Phoenician gold which was given to the settlers in return for the rich salt trade. The Romans built upon this trade with the export of copper and tin, elevating the status of the region as an important trading port, and this particularly flourished under the rule of the Goths in the 12th century.
Many of the surrounding islands have a whole range of treasures for visitors to explore. The most famous is the island of A Toxa, home to miraculous healing waters and muds. The natural spas have been used for centuries, and Galician authorities have used the popularity of the spa to build a healthy tourism industry on the island. A golf course, casino, in addition to the spa itself, all offer a relaxing stay, with plenty of other entertainment available. Visitors can also marvel at the Chapel of San Caralampio, whose façade is coated in seashells gathered from the island’s beaches.
The nearby town of Vilagarcía is an excellent spot for nightlife and dining, with a number of bars and restaurants offering some of the finest Galician wine and shellfish. Visitors can also take advantage of excursions to surrounding picturesque villages, providing an excellent insight into traditional Galician life. A popular choice is the little fishing village of Rianxo which is home to ancient cave drawings and castle ruins. O Gove is a great location for nature lovers as it provides a sanctuary for shellfish, and birdwatchers are rewarded with some incredible sights.
- Superior rooms have enough space for 2 extra beds so these are ideal for families.
|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.
The restaurant features many dishes based on seafood freshly landed on the Galician coast, such as lobster with rice and saffron, Lenguado al Albarino (sole cooked in the famous local white wine) and Empanada Gramada de Millo y zamburiñas (bread stuffed with sautéed onions and scallops).
The opening dates for the outdoor swimming pools are yet to be confirmed for 2019 but are expected to be in line with this years date (01 June until 30 September 2018)
Please note the opening and closing dates will depend on the weather and availability of lifeguards.
- R. Densley
The Parador is set in the middle of the small seaside town giving it a truly Spanish resort atmsosphere and allowing us to explore the locality on foot. The hotel is extremely well appointed with the focal point beind the central open air wining and dining courtyard area. The staff were very warm, welcoming and attentive, allowing us to relax and enjoy the fine evening meals plus the sumptuous breakfasts. The gardens and swimming pool were most welcome to us, but particularly the children allowing them to play and the adults to relax.
How to get there
In the middle of the town centre of Cambados, the Parador is located on the Paseo Marítimo. The town is 55 and 65 km, respectively, from Vigo and Santiago, and 11 from Vilagarcía de Arousa. The port is an attractive access route, while the main roads are the C-550 from Pontevedra and the A-9 motorway, at its junction with Vilagarcía along the C-531.
Pontevedra - 30km
Santiago de Compostela - 54km
Baiona - 70km
Tui - 74km
Santiago Airport - 65km
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.