Parador Castillo de Monterrei

Know the environment

Verín is a lovely town in the southeast of the province of Ourense, on the banks of the Támega River. In addition to the medieval fortress of Monterrei (opposite the Parador), other areas of interest include La Merced Square, the spring at Cabreiroá, San Lázaro Chapel, Viriato Square, the avenue along the Támega River, La Alameda Gardens, El Rey Square and the Main Square.

The town was originally a Roman villa. During the medieval period, the villa lost its dominance and Monterrey became the focal point of the territory, with life in the district revolving around its counts and lords. It was a peaceful farming town in the Middle Ages, although often caught up in the military conflicts of the successive rulers of Monterrey, as well as border disputes between Spain and Portugal. 

What to see

  • Historic quarter of Verín

What to do

  • Visit and trails in Invernadeiro Nature Reserve (40 km). Advance permission is required (48-hour minimum) from the Xunta de Galicia (Government of Galicia) to enter the reserve.
  • Tour and tastings at Monterrei Designation of Origin wineries (advance reservations).
  • MTB trails in Verín and the district.
  • Equestrian sports (inquire at the Parador).
  • Hiking trails.
  • Golfing in Portugal.
  • Tour of the historic quarter of Verín.
  • Way of St. James and Vía de la Plata Route.

Expert's recommendation

  • Galicia Tourist Trains - Monterrei Tourist Train
Discover Galicia aboard one of its tourist trains. Explore the Monterrei district and its designation of origin, sampling a selection of local wines at Gargalo Winery, created by designer Roberto Verino. Travel back to the Middle Ages with a guided tour of Monterrei Castle. In Allariz, you can stroll through the historic quarter and enjoy the International Garden Festival on the riverbank. Tour the Romanesque collegiate church in Xunqueira de Ambía, visit the Moncho Borrajo Museum and finish off the day at Baños de Molgas Train Station. Dates: July 18 and August 2, 15 and 30. Inquire with the Parador about prices.
  • Entroido (Carnival)
Declared a national tourist attraction, this is one of the most popular Carnival celebrations in the region. The festivities commence on a Sunday, known as 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 evening, the first masked ball is held in the Main Square. However, the official start to Carnival is not until the following Thursday, known as Jueves de Comadres, when the women leave the men at home and go out to dinner in costume. The busiest day is Sunday, with the Grand Parade of floats and cigarrones being held at noon.
  • Gastronomy
You are sure to want to try some of the region's traditional dishes and sample the authentic flavors of the local natural products. Highlights include our house empanada gallega (savory pie), pulpo á feira (octopus and potatoes dressed with olive oil and paprika), merluza a la gallega (hake and potatoes in a paprika sauce), and pork shoulder with turnip greens and chorizo sausage. And finish off with something sweet, classic filloas (crêpes) or cañas de la aldea (cream-filled pastry rolls).