Parador de Pontevedra
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- Single rooms (3)
- Twin rooms (31)
- Double rooms (11)
- Room with living room (2)
- Capacity (91)
- Conference room
- Central heating
- Air conditioning
- Canal plus
- Deposit box
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Golf (15km)
- Airport (28km)
- Station (2km)
- Port (6km)
Parador de Pontevedra - Renaissance palace (4*)
Pontevedra and its Parador offer everything you could possibly wish for from a holiday. Situated on the north western most point of Spain and located at an inner point of the inlet leading to the Atlantic sea, this beautiful 16th century palace is the former home of the Counts of Maceda, and is steeped in history.
The Parador de Pontevedra exudes a feeling of authenticity with many original features and objects to set the scene, whilst the light stone walls create a bright and airy atmosphere. Mirrors, antiques, paintings and candelabras all add to the richness of the atmosphere.
Taking pride of place in the reception is the intricately carved sweeping staircase which leads to the upper levels of the Parador where the guest rooms are situated. Rooms are colourful and welcoming with traditional décor befitting the Parador’s history.
The restaurant is very much like a welcoming, homely (albeit a little larger!) dining room. For those warmer days and indeed nights, why not take your meals out on the patio where you can enjoy the weather whilst overlooking the beautiful garden, which features a fountain as a centre point surrounded by well-manicured trees and plants. There is also the opportunity to enjoy your meals and drinks on the lawn for a truly ‘summer garden party’ atmosphere.
The proximity of the coast means that the Pontevedra Parador is very well equipped to offer delicious, fresh seafood dishes as a local delicacy. This would be a welcome treat after a day of exploring Pontevedra and all the historic delights it has to offer.
The Parador is set in the beautiful old quarter of Pontevedra, ideally located to explore Pontevedra’s historic centre and its monuments such as the Basílica de Santa María la Mayor de Pontevedra. This building is extremely well regarded and was granted the status of small basilica in 1962, by Pope John XXIII. The city has many gems to explore such as the many squares, where you can enjoy a drink or a meal whilst admiring the 16th century architecture.
If you wish to explore Pontevedra by night, make your way to La Virgen Peregrina Church, which is beautifully lit at night. A trip here during the day will unveil the unusual scallop floor plan of this important church. Another fascinating building in the town is the Monastery of Poio which was built by Benedictine monks and mixes Baroque, classical, austere, and Renaissance styles creating a palatial atmosphere.
The city has a long history as a shipyard and actually built the Santa Maria caravel which was captained by the great Christopher Columbus.
After exploring the sites of the old quarter, why not take a relaxing walk along the tree lined avenue “Alameda” taking in the view of the waterfront.
If you are interested in music, each year the city plays host to the Pontevedra Jazz Festival. There are two stages; one on the Plaza de la Peregrina and the other on the Plaza del Teucro and an array of both well-established artists and new talent congregate in the city to perform incorporating classic jazz rhythms as well as blues and funk. This festival is held in the summer months and varies each year from June to August so make sure to check any dates before travelling.
|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.
In summer one can eat outside on the patio, and at all times of year the restaurant provides local seafood dishes such as Pulpo Feira (octopus cooked with olive oil, paprika and salt), or mouthwatering desserts such as Filloas (the delicious local crêpes).
How to get there
The Parador is located in the old quarter of the town, right in the heart of the Rías Baixas. Pontevedra is linked by motorway to the main provincial capitals of Galicia. It is 23 km from Vigo, 55 from Santiago de Compostela and 120 km from A Coruña. Upon reaching Pontevedra from the A-9 motorway, the best exit to take is 'Pontevedra Norte'. Then follow the signs towards 'Puente de Burgo' (the only approach road to the Parador), and after passing a roundabout, you will come to a pedestrian street that leads to the Parador.
Cambados - 30km
Baiona - 50km
Tui - 50km
Santiago de Compostela - 55km
Santiago Airport - 60km
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.