Parador de Monforte
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- Twin rooms (38)
- Double rooms (5)
- Split-level rooms (3)
- Room with living room (4)
- Capacity (100)
- Conference room
- Central heating
- Air conditioning
- Deposit box
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Swimming pool
- Golf course
- Airport (125km)
- Station (1km)
- Port (136km)
Parador de Monforte de Lemos - Historic palace and monastery (4*)
Perched on the highest point of the small Galician town of Monforte de Lemos, to the southeast of Santiago and surrounded by the rural area known as Ribeira Sacra, is a complex of impressive historic buildings: a medieval keep, the 16th-century Condes de Lemos Palace, and the 17th-century monastery of San Vicente del Pino. The Parador de Monforte occupies both the palace and the neoclassical monastery buildings dated back to the IX century, the latter incorporating a magnificent central arcaded cloister, and the former including three splendid function rooms and a banqueting room with a capacity for 300 people.
The Parador’s interiors incorporate the building’s original stonework and tiling with the contemporary décor. Similarly guestrooms are spacious and bright with simple designs that blend perfectly with the historical building.
Monforte’s Parador offers a wide range of facilities including a fully equipped gym, sauna and a spa, as well as a seasonal outdoor poor, there is also a golf course located a mere 3 km from the Parador.
Monforte de Lemos is an important municipality in Galicia due to the efforts to preserve many of the town’s historical buildings, some of which date back to the 13th century and whose old quarter has been declared a ‘Property of Cultural Interest’ by the Spanish government. The Parador, which occupies the San Vicente de Pino monastery, boasts one of the best views of the town and its surroundings.
Among the historical treasures are several churches, the Clarisse Convent (with its Museum of Sacred Art), and the San Jacinto Convent. The Nosa Señora da Antiga's School is one of the town’s most prized buildings. Measuring 100m in length, the building’s design was influenced by the famous El Escorial monastery. Building began in the 16th century and was finally completed in the early 20th century. The school’s museum features works by El Greco and Andrea del Sarto among others artists.
This is also a fantastic town for nature lovers as it borders on natural beauty spots of the Ribera regions such as the Sil river canyon and the picturesque Sierra de O Courel mountains. Activities in the area include horse riding, canoeing, boat river tours and hiking.
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.
The restaurant specializes in the best of Galician cuisine, including such dishes as brochettes of steak in red wine sauce, and cod with braised onions.
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 15 September 2018)
Please note the opening and closing dates will depend on the weather and availability of lifeguards.
- Mr D Watson
At every Parador our rooms were brilliant. At Monforte we had the bridal suite, a wonderful room with two balconies.
- Mr G Messett
My wife and I stayed at this lovely 4 star Parador for 2 nights on the second leg of a 7 night self-drive “Rutas” tour organised by Keytel in the UK who specialise in Parador holidays. Set on a hilltop above the town of Monforte de Lemos it affords fantastic 360 degree views of the surrounding town and countryside. A spectacular medieval building with a lovely attached church it was originally a Galician monastery in the 17th century. It is incredibly quiet and tranquil with plenty of free parking. It is beautiful inside with an enclosed courtyard and cloisters. The rooms are spacious, comfortable and very clean. Service was friendly and excellent with particular mention for Luisa in Reception and Diego our waiter both of whom could not do enough for us. We particularly liked the reasonably priced Campaza wine. Dinner and breakfast were both excellent with plenty to choose from and beautifully cooked. There was a free car park in the town below the Parador with a pedestrian shopping area where we indulged ourselves in the Rubeira Sacra winery by buying a selection of wines from the region to take home to the UK.
How to get there
The Parador is located on the hill 'San Vicente' in the town of Monforte, 60 km from the walled city of Lugo. Its main access road is the A6 motorway, taking the N120 exit toward Monforte-Ourense near Ponferrada. Monforte is located 110 km from the town of Ponferrada, and the closest cities are Ourense (40 km), Lugo (60 km) and Santiago (117 km).
Luintra (San Estevo) - 33km
Villafranca - 99km
Vilalba - 106km
Verin - 116km
Tui - 138km
Santiago Airport - 117km
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.