Parador de Verín

Know the environment

Verín is a lovely town in the southeast part 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, among others.

The town was originally a Roman villa. During the medieval period, Verín 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
  • Monterrei historic site (opposite the Parador)
  • Monterrei D.O. Wineries Trail
  • Mineral and medicinal water springs
  • Sta. María de Mixós Church
  • Chaves (Portugal)

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 district of Verín
  • Way of St. James and Vía de la Plata Route

Expert's recommendation

  • 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 grilled or baked scallops, pulpo á feira (octopus and potatoes dressed with olive oil and paprika), merluza a la gallega (hake and potatoes in a paprika sauce), pork shoulder with turnip greens, chorizo sausage and the classic filloas (crêpes).
  • Entroido
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.