The Parador de Monterrei in Ourense stands at the top of a valley in the municipality of Verín. It was commissioned by the first Count of Monterrei, Don Sancho Sánchez de Ulloa, during the reign of the Catholic Monarchs. Its strategic position meant that it was used for various purposes throughout history. It was a defensive enclosure on the border between the Kingdoms of Galicia and Portugal, then became a pilgrims' hospital, and is today a Parador Hotel.
The complex consists of three walled enclosures with the Renaissance-style Palace of the Counts of Monterrei being especially noteworthy. Adjoining it is the Tower of the Ladies, the first tower included in the Parador de Monterrei. The second tower, the Tower of Sancho, provides a spectacular view of the valley and even some Portuguese towns. The Rectory House and the Church of Santa María de Mixós which date back to the 10th century, are also part of this complex.
The long history of this Parador has given rise to numerous legends about the site, such as those that mention the green well on the parade ground, where the wife of Pedro I the Cruel committed suicide. It also appears in several tales of infidelity. A much truer fact is that the first printing press in Galicia was located in the Castelo of the Counts of Monterrei, a national monument and the emblem of the Monterrei Designation of Origin. The Silver Route also crosses this Designation of Origin.
The fort’s thick stone walls contrast with its cosy and comfortable interior. The common areas are furnished with paintings and historical objects that reflect the Parador's medieval past and contrast with its modern fixtures and fittings. The furniture invites you to relax and lose yourself in these peaceful surroundings. A real treat for the senses that you’ll want to come back to, again and again.
Rooms to dream about
The rooms at Paradores combine design and modern services to perfection. In each room you can enjoy the comfort and elegance of the design and furnishings, and the best views in destinations you will want to return to again and again.
All the comforts you need
Conferences and meetings
Breakfast in the room
Minibar with a carefully selected selection of products
Flat screen TV
Seasonal swimming pool
Laundry and ironing service
Digital press and magazines service
The best regional cuisine in unique spaces
Paradores offers the exclusive experience of enjoying regional, local and local cuisine in unique spaces. Our cuisine is strongly linked to the places where the 98 hotels are located, presenting the best gastronomy from the different Spanish regions. Pioneers in local cuisine, we have reinforced our commitment to local products in search of the best raw material and reaffirming our commitment to sustainability.
The history of the Parador de Monterrei makes it a destination in and of itself. Visitors can join the guided tours exploring the medieval fortifications and the Church of Santa María de Mixós, which is a part of the Parador complex and was declared a historical-artistic monument in 1931. Monterrei is also home to the Misal Auriense, the oldest dated book to be printed in Galicia.
Monterrei Castle is situated near Verín, a beautiful town in the southeast of the province of Ourense. Here we can explore the traditional neighbourhood of San Lázaro, the Casa do Asistente, with its unique coat of arms, and walk through the old quarter discovering other corners such as the Plaza de la Merced, the Cabreiroá spring, the chapel of San Lázaro, the Plaza Viriato, the Plaza del Rey or the Plaza Mayor, and enjoy a leisurely stroll along the river Támega.
Here you can also visit the mineral-rich medicinal springs of Verín, go on routes exploring the Monterrei D.O. wineries, and visit the Parque Natural del Invernadero. Additionally, its proximity to the Portuguese border means you can visit the town of Chaves.
If you’re a lover of nature sports, Verín has the perfect environment for mountain biking and hiking routes. At the Parador we’ll answer all your questions and offer you seasonal activities such as horse riding, golf and swimming. The Castelo de Monterrei is also an ideal place to follow the St. James’ Way and the Silver Route, both of which pass through the area, and the Thermal Water Route between the Galician town of Verín and the Portuguese towns of Chaves and Vidago.
Monterrei Tourist Train
Galicia also offers tourist train tours, one of which is the Monterrei Tourist Train. It lets you discover the Monterrei region and its Designation of Origin, and includes a tasting at the Gargalo Winery owned by the designer Roberto Verino, plus visits to the Castle of Monterrei, the gardens of Allariz, the Collegiate Church of Xunqueira de Ambía, the Moncho Borrajo Museum and the train station of Baños de Molgas. Days: 18 June and 2, 15 and 30 August. Consult prices at the Parador.
A Festival of National Tourist Interest, it is one of the most popular Carnivals in the region. It begins on a Sunday, the so-called "Domingo de Corredoiro", with the sound of fireworks, brass bands and the gathering of the "cigarrones" (masked men who run around encouraging people to participate) in the morning. That same day, in the afternoon and evening, the first masked ball is held in the main square, although the Carnival begins on Thursday, the "Jueves de Comadres", when the women leave the men at home and go out to dinner in disguise. The most exciting day is Sunday, with the great parade of floats and cigarrones.
The Parador de Monterrei is ready to host all sorts of events. Its unique halls are the perfect setting for any meeting, banquet or celebration. Each of these three halls is fully equipped with all the necessary equipment: overhead projector, video, flip chart, microphones, screens, etc.