Parador de Ribadeo
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- Single rooms (3)
- Twin rooms (35)
- Double rooms (6)
- Room with living room (3)
- Capacity (91)
- Conference room
- Central heating
- Canal plus
- Deposit box
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Disabled facilities
- Golf (3km)
- Airport (120km)
- Station (0.5km)
- Port (1km)
Parador de Ribadeo - Galician Mansion overlooking the Estuary (4*)
Occupying a former Galician mansion, the Parador de Ribadeo welcomes you with a spectacular view of the River Eo and of rolling countryside which looks out onto the local Asturian villages. Close to the coast, the Parador is ideally situated just two minutes from the centre of the marine town.
From the grounds, you can enjoy the panoramic views the Parador has to offer from the modern terrace which overlooks the river and its banks. Sit and enjoy the scenery from the meticulously manicured lawn or take a wander through the gardens to enjoy the countryside from a different viewpoint.
As dusk falls, the Parador is subtly illuminated giving the impression of a cosy country retreat.
The Parador de Ribadeo could be described as elegant and graceful in both its exterior and interior design. Inside the atmosphere is a mixture of elegance combined with a comfortable welcoming feel. Upon entering the Parador, an authentic fireplace and comfy armchairs greet you in the communal areas.
Take your evening meal or a lunch in the light and airy Parador restaurant which offers views out across the river Eo.
Rooms feature parquet flooring, are a good size and are simply and elegantly decorated. Superior rooms offer a view out across the river whilst the standard double rooms overlook the interior patio.
Ribadeo has something to offer every kind of visitor. For those seeking a relaxing holiday on the beach, you will find a selection of beaches close by; the most stunning of which is the As Catredrais Beach which features incredible unusual rock formations only visible at low tide. This beach can be found a short drive away from the Parador.
The town is home to some beautiful architecture and the historic quarter is definitely worth a visit. Pay a visit to the ruins of San Damián Castle, and then continue onto Pancha island to find the lighthouse situated here. For those with a sweet tooth, take a walk to the Convent of Santa Clara, where the nuns are renowned for making delicious sweets!
If you enjoy getting back to nature and indulging in a spot of bird watching, a visit to the tidal estuary is a must. The estuary is part of the ‘Natura 2000 Network as a Site of Community Importance’ as is the River Eo. This area was named a Special Protection Area for Birds in 1989 and a Wetland of International Importance in 1994.
Sports enthusiasts are not short of activities in this area. The nearest golf course is 3km away and the resort itself offers a range of water sports, including fishing and sailing.
For those lucky enough to be staying at the Parador during the month of August look out for the pilgrimage to the top of mount Santa Clara which is a celebration of traditional music and food. This usually takes place on the first Sunday in August.
There is garage parking at this Parador.
|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 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 serves up many dishes based on local seafood, plus such local specialities as Empanada (stuffed pastry), Lacon (salted shoulder of pork) and a variety of Galician desserts.
A Lovely room and fantastic view across the estuary. Only guests at Breakfast! Fantastic setting with our room having a conservatory and balcony overlooking the estuary, palatial interior.
How to get there
The Parador is located in the marine town of Ribadeo, 2 minutes from the town centre, and on the edge of the N-640, which goes around the Ribadeo estuary. The Parador is located 100 km. away from Lugo, the capital of the province.
Vilalba - 74km
Ferrol - 142km
Gijon - 170km
Villafranca del Bierzo - 189km
Santiago Airport - 190km
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.