Santo Estevo Monastery stands in the heart of a wood. The spot is a travel destination in itself. Such is its beauty and architectural value that the building was declared a historic-artistic site in 1923. Why? Because it combines several architectural styles, with three spectacular cloisters, one Romanesque, one Gothic and the other Renaissance.
Our first suggestion for enjoying your visit to Santo Estevo is to take advantage of the opportunity to spend the afternoon at the spa located in a corner of the monastery so incredible that you'll never want to leave.
And the finishing touch to a magnificent day? Savoring the local cuisine at the Parador's Dos Abades restaurant. A 14-meter vaulted ceiling provides the perfect setting for the experience of traditional local dishes featuring products such as octopus, turnip greens and chestnuts, as well as delicious desserts like bica de Trives (cinnamon topped sponge cake) and bica de Castro Caldelas (sponge cake).
On Saturday, after breakfasting on the buffet carefully prepared each day at the Parador, we recommend following the Catamaran Trail. This incredible experience will allow you to discover the region's landscapes. Don't miss it! Your best bet for lunch is some of the local fresh fish.
And in the afternoon, why not try another tourist trail? This time you can explore the Romanesque style. The area where the monastery is located is home to a large group of churches and monasteries dating from the late 12th and 13th centuries that you absolutely must see.
Our trip has come to an end, but don't leave without taking in the amazing Scenic Overlook Trail. It will allow you to admire the lovely landscapes along the banks of the Sil and Miño rivers.
This map of the area will help you get oriented.