Photos courtesy of Parador de Monforte de Lemos
Double rooms: 75–100 euros
Single rooms: 80% of double
Rates include tax. Breakfast extra.
Open: all year except yearly closing from first week January until mid-February
Monforte de Lemos is 60 km south of Lugo. From the A-6 highway, take N-120 and go west towards Ourense. The parador is signposted.
On site: seasonal swimming
Nearby: golf; hiking; fishing; canoeing; cave exploring
The monumental San Vicente de Pino monastery complex sits on the highest point of the town of Monforte de Lemos. Part of this huge complex, combined with the Condes de Lemos palace is where you’ll find the parador. Guest rooms are in the monastery and function rooms are in the palace.
To the left of the main building a castellated medieval tower/keep may be climbed for a small fee.
The focal point of the monastery is a neo-classical, three-story-high, stone cloister. In the center an ancient cistern used to store rain water collected from the curved channels in the flooring. In keeping with the buildings origins, sacred choral music is often played softly in the background.
Guest rooms are situated around the cloister. Elegant furnishings are offset by whitewashed walls, terra cotta floors, and velvet drapes. Bathrooms are large and modernized.
Enjoy Galician specialties in the formal restaurant, with its high-backed velvet chairs under a wood-beamed ceiling. A café offers lighter fare such as sandwiches and tapas.
On occasion, special medieval dinners with entertainment are offered.