Parador de Ferrol
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- Single rooms (10)
- Twin rooms (26)
- Double rooms (1)
- Room with living room (1)
- Capacity (66)
- Conference room
- Central heating
- Canal plus
- Deposit box
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Airport (50km)
- Station (500m)
- Port (300m)
Parador de Ferrol - Galician Mansion (3*)
The Parador de Ferrol is true to its origins of a naval and military town. Housed in a Galician stately home in the very heart of Ferrol and decorated with white balconies and a pretty façade of windows, Ferrol’s Parador looks out to sea beyond the naval port towards the Rías Altas where you can while away the hours watching boats come and go from this viewpoint of the entrance to the sea.
Inside the Parador, you may feel you are part of times gone by as the decoration continues to allude to the nautical theme with authentic historical navigational instruments and past world maps throughout the property to feed your imagination. There is even an old ship’s lantern which can be found by the staircase.
Rooms are spacious and bright decorated with warm colours with some rooms offering views of the port. The Parador's restaurant benefits from some of the best views, and diners can enjoy local delicacies such as Pulpo a la Mugardesa (octopus sautéed with onion and peppers), Sopa Ferrolana (local seafood soup), and chestnut cake whilst looking out over the pretty port.
Ferrol is a true historic town and has played an important role in Spanish naval history. The port itself has certain historic importance as a launch base for war ships in 1746 and it is thought that between the establishment of the shipping yard in 1740and 1800, 154 ships were built here. It is also famed as the birthplace of the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco.
Today Ferrol is still a shipping port but has features which set it apart from typical industrial towns. Ferrol is set in a prettier location than most with the Parador of Ferrol at its centre, idyllic beaches and the Reina Sofia Park close by where roaming peacocks can be found scattered around.
The train and bus stations are both close by, making the Parador easily accessible for those using public transport during their travels, or for those who simply prefer to have day trips rather than drive to the nearby towns and cities.
There is also the opportunity to while away a day in Ferrol itself with its plentiful supply of museums and galleries. Soak up the culture at the Carvalho Calero Cultural Centre, the Sargadelos Gallery with its Galician ceramic factory, or the Museum of Galician Society and Natural History. Among the buildings worth visiting are the castle of San Felipe, the cathedral, and the Church of San Francisco.
For history lovers, a walk just outside the Parador will take you to the San Roque fountain which displays the oldest coat of arms of Ferrol, engraved on the fountain in stone.
Ferrol also boasts its own array of beaches ranging from secret coves, calm waters on the estuary, or the more traditional seaside shelving onto the sea, offering something for all ages.
|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 7.30 to 10.30 and dinner from 20.30 to 23.00.
It may be possible to arrive up to 22.30 and still enjoy a meal.
Recommended Galician dishes on offer in the restaurant include Pulpo a la mugardesa (octopus sautéed with onion and peppers), Sopa Ferrolana (local seafood soup), and another Ferrol speciality, chestnut cake.
Nice Room with good view. Liked the town and surrounding villages.
- Mr G Messett
My wife and I stayed at this interesting 3 star Parador for 1 night on the fourth 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 a prime spot above the town with what appears to be a public parking space in front of it for some 40/50 cars but no private space for guests! Loads of cars were driving round looking for somewhere to park some of whom, like us, claiming to be hotel guests! I got lucky as there was one place for blue badge holders which I claimed as I have a badge. The building is very nice and was at one time a stately Galician mansion. The rooms are to normal Parador standards (basically excellent) although a little smaller than others we have stayed at. We were very lucky to be given a room on the second floor facing the sea and the views were fantastic. The air conditioning did not seem to be working and the room was hot so we left the window open at night and enjoyed the sea air! Dinner was excellent and breakfast was very acceptable. Service was friendly and most efficient.
How to get there
To reach the Parador, keep following the signs to the Port and once you have passed the Port at the Plaza Vella take "Calle San Francisco" until the end. Ferrol is 55 km from A Coruña, partly by motorway and the rest along the N-VI main road.
Vilalba - 68km
Santiago de Compostela - 95km
Ribadeo - 142km
Cambados - 149km
Santiago Airport - 90km
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.