Monterreal Fortress

Baiona, Spain

Monterreal Fortress is located on the Monte Boi peninsula, also know as Monterreal. This site has been known over the past 2000 years as the walled precinct. Pre-Christian civilisations such as the Celts, the Phoenicians and the Romans lived here in the past. During the present time, the place was occupied by many different people and it suffered a number of attacks and modifications. The village of Baiona was site here due to a royal privilege issued by The Catholic Kings, as a defence against the corsair incursions.

The peninsula covers an area of 18 hectares and sis surrounded by 3 Km of crenellated battlement walls dating back from the 11th to the 17th centuries. This place changed ownership over the years until 1963, when it was acquired by the Ministry of Information & Tourism to convert it into a Parador Hotel named Conde de Gondomar.

The fort has three important towers: the Tower of the Clock is found near the entrance. Inside this tower there was a hidden warning bell which served as an alarm in case of enemy attacks. The Tower of the Tenaille rises to the East: its duty was to defend the port with artillery. In the West the Tower of the Prince stands over the bay. This is probably the oldest tower and it used to serve as lighthouse for vessels. It shows three coats of arms (the Austrias's, the Sotomaior's and the one of Baiona). The tower was named after the Portuguese prince Afonso Enriques, imprisoned inside the tower in 1137.

The Fortress can be visited all through the year. Amazing sunsets over the ria and the Cíes islands can be admired from the walls. Not to miss the coastline along which Baiona stretches.



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Founded: 11th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain


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Destruyers Caraband (3 months ago)
IF YOU GO WITH A DOG DO NOT ENTER. More than the fortress itself, I value the treatment of the Control Assistant, responsible for collecting at the entrance. At the tourist office that is a few meters away, they told us that dogs can enter, but since it is not their direct competition, it is better that we ask the guard at the entrance. On the way to the entrance we see a couple leaving with a dog on a leash (not a guide dog) and the guard tells us that dogs cannot enter by order of the director of the center, and that there is a national parador inside and they have had a problem with dogs. But it tells us that there is a beach next door and we can walk the dog along the promenade without entering the sand. I ask him why the other couple was able to enter with a dog and we couldn't, and he tells me that they can't enter with very bad manners. We made time eating to visit him and we couldn't.
Javier García Rubio (3 months ago)
I will not go into details of the wall, because you get what you expect from it. Now, a guy hovered over there who took us out of the parking area (we ended up in a public car park at the entrance) and then, when we walked back in, he didn't ask for a euro to go in to see the wall, I still doubt if it was a worker or a gorilla. The boy kindly offered us to take the path to the left because it had better views, but the truth is that it was a circular path that had the same views on both sides. We left there a little confused
Aotearoa (6 months ago)
What to say!!! Amazing place
Jose Manuel Martinez de la Fuente (18 months ago)
A spectacular place from which to enjoy a good walk with beautiful views of Baiona. Currently the fortress is a hostel where you can stay. It is recommended to visit on a day with little fog.
Irene vicente lara (19 months ago)
A beautiful picture. It has views and a beautiful sunset, a place with a romantic touch. Let us not stop taking care of such a wonderful place, that its maintenance be maintained and no garbage is left.
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