Parador de Cambados - 17th century manor house (4*)
The Parador is located in the centre of Cambados in one of the finest buildings in the town, a grey stone manor house which dates back to the 17th century. The Parador originally served as a pazo, a Galician country estate which managed the feudal system, and was built on the orders of the local parish priest, a cousin of famous Galician literary figure Countess Emilia Pardo Bazán. It has since been classed as a ‘Property of Cultural Interest’ by the Spanish government.
The Parador’s exterior features long, low classical façades and a square castellated tower, meanwhile within the walls there is an arcaded courtyard where guests may dine whilst listening to the gentle sounds of an old stone fountain.
The public areas feature beamed ceilings and stone pillars, with ceiling-to-floor length windows adorning passageways. Bedrooms aim to emulate the 17th century-style of the Parador de Cambados with wooden flooring and patterned carpets and rugs. Large windows ensure plenty of light, whilst rooms are decorated in mellow colours.
A relaxing pool area consists of a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and tennis court surrounded by lush gardens and dotted with palm trees belying the Parador’s town-centre setting.
The Parador de Cambados’ restaurant, with its low wooden ceiling, creates a cosy and welcoming atmosphere. The restaurant takes advantage of the area’s coastal location and features many high-quality regional dishes using fresh seafood, such as lobster with rice and saffron, a mixed fish grill, Lenguado al Albarino (sole cooked in the famous local white wine) and Empanada Gramada de Millo y zamburiñas (bread parcels stuffed with sautéed onions and scallops).