Palacio de Monterrey
Palacio de Monterrey
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Bunty8
United Kingdom643 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Still used as a family home for the Alba family, found the tour interesting. We had the place to ourselves, audio guide was included and we went through at our own pace, we were told no photographs, except from top of tower. Our ticket included the servants quarters with kitchens, it was interesting and could see it was used as family home with numerous photographs dotted around of the family.
Set out over several floors, so if mobility is a problem, may not be suitable.
Although centrally located, not as busy as other areas of the city.
Written September 20, 2022
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia34,342 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
The beautiful, fortress-like, one-tower Renaissance Palace of Monterrey is actually unfinished. The reason is the same, that churches with one bell tower, cathedrals with one nave, etc. Ran out of money. The third Count of Monterrey, who started construction in the middle of the XVI century, lost a lot of money on military expeditions and construction sites in his native Galicia. Neither he nor his descendants were able to build the north symmetrical part with another tower. Now the palace belongs to the descendants of the famous Duke of Alba, who drowned the Netherlands in blood in the same XVI century. The palace can be viewed from the inside, but it costs 9.5 euros.
Written March 17, 2024
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David R
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
The audio tour was in the style of an obsequious BBC royal correspondent - apparently the Albi family has the finest taste in the known universe. The princesses choice of second hand bathroom tiles was fantabulous. I particularly enjoyed how the (admittedly fine) Mudéjar carved ceiling had been “acquired” by the family from a local convent. We’ve all done a bit of convent ceiling acquiring.
A local poet who wrote a ditty about the palace tower got star billing - must be nice when someone writes a poem about a bit of your house:
Oh tower of Monterrey
That I see every day
It will still be here I’d say
When I have gone away

Eat your heart out McGonagall.
Written September 24, 2023
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Tassie7315
Edinburgh, United Kingdom39 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Firstly, it's only 5 Euro, so not overly expensive, but it isn't really worth that. They call it a palace but it's really only a big old house. It was originally going to be a palace but it was never finished. We bought the tickets at the tourist office and they did not mention that the tour was only in Spanish. The guide launched into a spiel in Spanish, after a few minutes my wife managed to ask if there was any English. She replied, in perfect English, no only Spanish. So it was more a case of not wanting to give an English explanation rather than not being able to. Think the tours are only to raise money for the wealthy owners who are so up themselves that they have placed current photos amongst the antiques so we can admire the current owners.
Written August 14, 2019
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BennyMalaga
Malaga, Spain89,732 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
The Palace of Monterrey is owned by the Duke of Alba. There is news that it will be opened to the public by the end of the year. Now one can only see the beautiful facade of the building.
Written May 6, 2017
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zazu2012
London, UK547 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
FIRST: check the time of yours
SECOND: get ticket from tourist office at plaza mayor
THIRD: only Spanish speaking tour
If you manage these then it’s a really interesting, cosy palace. I speak no Spanish but even so it was a good insight. The furnishings and art are of good quality. You are trailed by a guard. Don’t even think about taking a photo!
Written May 16, 2019
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Y A
Saint Louis, MO201 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
The palace has only recently been opened up for tourists, and tickets must be purchased in advance at the tourist office in Plaza Mayor. The guided tour lasts perhaps 30' to 45' and is conducted in Spanish. However, much of what there is to see is more or less self-explanatory except for the minor details. The building is impressive from the outside, particularly for its size. My understanding is that the Duke of Alba, the owner of the palace, stays here when he is in Salamanca. The objects on display are interesting, but certainly not on a par with those of other famous palaces around Spain (for example, the palace of the Duchess of Alba in Madrid is by leaps and bounds much more impressive). If you are in Salamanca and have the flexibility to get tickets in advance, then the Palacio de Monterrey is worth seeing, but it is not a "must see."
Written March 4, 2019
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Montesurrey
Surrey43 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Friends
We were told the guide would speak English, but on arrival she told us she would not have time, but we could ask questions. Tour took 35 minutes (tourist office told us 1 hour!)and when we did ask questions she very often did not know answer. Never mentioned prime exhibit of beautiful table and when asked babbled hastily in Spanish. You cannot get near cases of China and she did not know makers of any. Furniture and tapestries nothing to do with Palace which was refurbished in 2017. I would guess they are trying to get tourist money to reduce cost of refurb.
Written September 21, 2018
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Asuncion L
13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
This i a beautiful building with plenty of half an hour visits throughout the day. Tickets must be purchased at the Tourist office. The palace is still a living home--not a museum, with its noble owner visiting once in a while. One can visit several of the rooms that afford a view of ho a noble lives these days.
Written July 21, 2018
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Caitlin M
New York City, NY105 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2012 • Solo
Unfortunately you can't enter unless you're friends with the Duchess of Alba or her spawn, but it's very impressive from the outside and nicely lit at night. Take a walk around it for the little plazas around. You may get lucky and get a bad harmonica performance from the local busker, who is also known to bust out jokes from time to time.

I think they are required to open it to the public one day per year so maybe you'll get lucky!
Written February 18, 2012
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