I have visited this charming inn near Vigo, Spain several times in the past 8 or 9 years, and always come away feeling that I did not stay long enough. Situated high enough to offer perfect views of the ria (like a Spanish fjord) from every room, the old rectory building was virtually rescued from ruin by the owners who saw its potential as an inn.
There are thick stone walls typical of structures throughout Galicia; the breakfast room, in partIcular, feels as though it sat unchanged through the centuries; speaking of breakfast, I must echo the comments of other reviewers in praising the quality of the breakfasts at Rectoral de Cobres.
The location is ideal for exploring Galicia and northern Portugal: it's only 80 km (about an hour driving) from Santiago de Compostela, about 15 minutes from Vigo, and 90 minutes from Porto. On one excursion, I visited the seaside town of Noia, featured in the 2004 Oscar-winning movie The Sea Inside. On another, Finisterre, considered by the Romans to be the "end of the earth. " And, a visit one year to the famous pilgrimage town of Santiago de Compostela prompted me to walk the 800-km Camino Santiago from France to Santiago several years later. Excellent restaurants are nearby, with several a mere 15 minute drive.
Beaches?? Hop over to Vigo, where there are several. Or take the ferry from Vigo to Islas Cies for pristine beaches with lovely blue water.
Yet, if your intention is to "stay put" -- as mine indeed was after walking the Camino and returning to Cobres for R&R -- you are also ideally located. Within walking distance is a seafood restaurant to surpass any in your experience. The inn has a swimming pool, empty on the occasions I used it, and a little bar where Juan Carlos pours the best brandy in the world.
Don't miss Recoral de Cobres if you are ever in Galicia.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Manor country hotel with 8 double rooms and beautiful views over the Vigo fjord. Near the golf club and the Vigo airport ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rectoral De Cobres 1729 Vilaboa, Spain