Photos courtesy of Parador de Vilalba
48 rooms: 6 in tower and 42 in a newer building
Double rooms: 65–95 euros
Single rooms: 80% of double room rate
Rates include tax. Breakfast extra.
Open: all year
Vilalba is 36 km north of Lugo in Galicia on N-634. The parador is in the center of town and signposted. Local buses stop in town, but there is no train connection.
Nearby: horseback riding; fishing; swimming; tennis; hiking
After crossing the dry moat on a tiny wooden bridge, you enter the tower through an arched portcullised doorway into a two-story-high entry hall. A medieval atmosphere prevails with arrow-slit windows set in ten-foot-thick walls, wrought-iron light sconces, horseshoe archways, and frescos of medieval scenes decorating the walls.
Each of the three floors in the tower holds two guest rooms. You can either climb a winding stairway past the arrow-slit windows to your room or take an elevator. The surprisingly large rooms have beamed ceilings and hardwood floors and are simply furnished with wooden headboards, writing desks, and wrought-iron reading lamps. To see out of the tiny windows, you must walk into the recesses of eight-foot-thick walls.
The majority of rooms at the Parador de Vilalba are in a modern annex that has been built in the style of a typical Galician palace. The restaurant and bar are also found in this modern building.
Atmospheric tower rooms