Parador de Santo Estevo (Luintra)
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Parador de Santo Estevo - Ancient Hillside Monastery (4*)
This stunning Parador, 28km from the town of Ourense and approximately equidistant between Santiago and Vigo, is in a former Benedictine monastery, one of the oldest in Galicia, tracing its origins to the 6th century and declared a Historic-Artistic Monument in 1923. The monastery buildings stand four-square on a wooded hillside, with magnificent views out over the surrounding landscape, an area known as the Ribeira Sacra. The carefully restored and preserved buildings have Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque elements, and notable features include a monumental staircase and three cloisters, one in each style. Several of the bedrooms have fine views down to the River Sil, and the bar is situated in one of the cloisters. At the Parador's restaurant you can dine on the patio in fine weather and sample such local dishes as Cocido (a stew made with garbanzo beans), Empanada Gallega (Galician stuffed pastry) and fresh fish from the River Sil.
One can also enjoy 21st century luxuries in these 10th century surroundings. The Parador of Santo Estevo benefits from a state of the art spa offering full facilities and treatments. There is garage parking at this Parador.
This Benedictine monastery is located in the middle of the Ribeira Sacra - an area of outstanding natural beauty where the rivers Miño and Sil meet. It is one of Galicia’s monastic centres. The existence of the Monastery has been proven in the 10th century, although its origins appear to be in the 6th and 7th centuries, and curiously it has three remarkable and distinct cloisters (Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance). The building was declared a Historic and Artistic Monument in 1923.
A popular day excursion in the area is a catamaran cruise along the river in the valley, as well as extensive walking routes.
|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.
At the Parador's restaurant you can dine on the patio in fine weather and sample such local dishes as Cocido (a stew made with garbanzo beans), Empanada Gallega (Galician stuffed pastry) and fresh fish from the River Sil.
- K. Tarrant
We really enjoyed our visit here, it is quite impressive and not one we would have found on our own. Many thanks for the recommendation!
- Simon F. Fulham
Suddenly amongst the trees you see an imposing terracotta rooftop and this monumental monastery appears. As you descend the narrowing road you can’t help wondering what life was like there for the monks in this beautiful setting.
How to get there
The Parador is located in Santo Estevo de Rivas de Sil, within the township of Nogueira de Ramuín in the Ribera Sacra region, 28 km from Ourense. The main access road can be reached from the A-52 'Rias Baixas' motorway (Madrid-Benavente-Vigo), which passes through Ourense. Once in Ourense, there are two options: the easiest and shortest route is to take the C-536 road towards 'Pobra de Trives' and at Km marker 7 take the road towards Luintra. A second option is to take the N-120 road towards Monforte de Lemos-Ponferrada and at Km. 550, in Penalva, take the exit towards Luintra, continuing to Santo Estevo de Ribas de Sil.
Monforte - 33km
Verin - 86km
Santiago de Compostela - 115km
Tui - 111km
Santiago Apt - 115km
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.