Pontevedra we visited for the first and last time. It joins the “new” Antequera on the list of only two Paradors to which we will never return. Parking is a nightmare. There are ten places and, once the car was parked, we abandoned it for the three days we were there. We asked about parking - the alternatives are a multi-storey for 11.50 Euros a night or an open public car park across the river. If driving an English car in the near future, beware! Gibraltar is all over the front pages and the graffiti artists have added “¡Gibraltar Español!” to their repertoire and there is, I am afraid, a bit of anti English feeling around. Watch out for more than usually bad road hog behaviour and don’t leave an English car in open “non-vigilado” car parks. However, it was at Pontevedra that we first encountered the disaster that seems to be the new policy in some Paradors … very limited cafeteria style food. The only thing it has in common with the proper Parador catering is the expense! Gone are the tablecloths, the chargers, the service, the excellent wines, the “propisito de menu” and instead they offer a menu that fits on one side of A4. The only meat on offer was veal (one turns into a veal calf if not careful these days in Spain), a Hamburger (sic and sick!) - just over a quarter pounder for 16.50 Euros, and what they call a “sartén” - a small meal cooked in a handle-less frying pan. I had this. Two nicely fried eggs (OK) three pieces of chorizo not longer than 3 cm. each and - wait for it - eight (8!) chips. We did not eat there again. We shall not return.
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