Parador de Monterrei (Verin)
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Parador de Castillo de Monterrei - a 12th-century fortress (4*)
The latest addition to the Paradors is set within the impressive Monterrei fortress which dates back to the 12th century. Featuring a parade ground, a defensive tower, a manor house and church, the fortress gives the impression of having your very own private village, whilst boasting magnificent views over the surrounding countryside and neighbouring Portugal.
The Parador itself occupies two important parts of the building: 7 bedrooms are set in the Renaissance-style Palacio de los Condes manor house which was built in the 15th and 17th centuries, and 5 bedrooms in the Rectory Cottage which is the former residence of the parish priest and is attached to the Santa Maria de Gracias church, dating back to the 13th and early 14th century, all of which are located within the walls of the site. The Parador de Monterrei has only 12 rooms, offering exclusivity and tranquillity to its guests and some rooms even feature part of the original defensive wall. Within the wall, the complex includes the very prominent Castle, the parade ground, and the Don Sancho tower from the 15th century. More ruins can be seen from on the west side from strengthening of the fortifications in the 17th century.
You can relax in the Parador's patio, which features an ancient well, or on the shaded terraces which are framed by picturesque arches which are typical to the region. If you look closely, you will see the 'Escudos' family coats of arms which adorn the courtyard.
The parador doesn't have its own swimming pool however you are able to use the outdoor swimming pool at the Parador de Verin (400m away) open from early July until mid-September.
Please note the opening and closing dates will depend on the weather and availability of lifeguards.
How to get there
The Parador is only 500m away from the Parador de Verín.
Take exit 160 (Verín -Portugal) off the A-52 (Benavente – Vigo). When you are on the N-532 make your way into the centre of Verín to get onto the N-525 (in the direction of Ourense). Upon exiting Verín, just after passing the village of Pazoss, take the OU-115 to access the Parador de Verín and the Parador Castillo de Monterrei.
Verín - 500m
Puebla de Sanabria - 85km
Villafranca del Bierzo - 135km
Pontevedra - 175km
Tui - 178km
Santiago Airport - 230km
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.