Parador de Castillo de Monterrei - a 12th century fortress (4*)
The Parador is set within the impressive Monterrei fortress which dates back to the 12th century. Featuring a parade ground, a defensive tower, a manor house and church, the fortress gives the impression of having your very own private village, whilst boasting magnificent views over the surrounding countryside and neighbouring Portugal.
The Parador itself occupies two important parts of the building, the Pazo de Condes Manor House which was built on the 15th and 17th centuries, and the Rectory Cottage which is the former residence of the parish priest and is attached to the Santa Maria de Gracias church. The Parador de Monterrey has only 12 rooms, offering exclusivity and tranquility to its guests and some rooms even feature part of the original defensive wall. 7 rooms are located in the palace building, and 5 are in the rectory cottage (one of which is an 'easy access' room).
You can relax in the Parador's patio, which features an ancient well, or on the shaded terraces which are framed by picturesque arches which are typical to the region. If you look closely, you will see the 'Escudos' family coats of arms which adorn the courtyard.