Tebra Castle is sited in the Tomiño valley. The river Tebra, tributary of the Miño, flows through this valley. Alonso Gómez Churruchao was the owner in 1345, but Pedro Álvarez de Soutomaior took possession of the Castle in 1468. Between 1481 and 1486, Don Fernando de Acuña, on behalf of the Catholic Monarchs, (Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile), destroyed the castle and later it belonged to Alvaro Suarez de Deza. The Queen Juana la Loca authorized the rebuilding of the castle and it was owned by the Count of Camiña one year later.

The battlements, the sentry box and the cornice are specially beautiful. But, undoubtedly, the Renaissance tower is the most outstanding element of the Castle. After the Catholic Monarchs ordered the destruction of this tower, Alvaro Suarez Deza rebuilt it in 1532. The two sides of the Tower have an extraordinary dimension of approximately 8m wide.

The castle of Tebra has four floors: the ground floor and other three floors. The most remarkable parts of the Castle are its wide viewpoint, a gallery with semicircular arches, a large tower and a chapel.

The castle is in good condition and it is in the municipality of O Seixo, Tomiño. Nowadays the castle is a residence of private property but visitors can have free access to the outdoor part of the castle.



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Founded: 13th century
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Joaquín Carlos Fernández Tabales (4 months ago)
All its entrances are closed, and its observation is impossible.
Carlos García Sotelo (2 years ago)
Wonderful place! The hotel is in a forest and has surrounded by Green hills. It also has a beautiful infinity pool. It seems like it has only a few rooms which makes it feel familiar and personalized. The service is remarkable and they were always available when we needed them
Enrique R. R. (2 years ago)
Great, quiet and very nice people. All good Eye, it does not have a cafeteria or restaurant, it has a kind of self-service bar with some drinks, so that for lunch and dinner you will have to try some of the places in the area, which are good. recommendable
Micky Mikelo (2 years ago)
Excellent place located in an enviable environment, also Torre de Tebra is a hotel whose transformation project from Castillo to Hotel has been executed masterfully. Likewise, the treatment of the professionals who carry it is simply exceptional.
Frida Khalo (3 years ago)
Spectacular!! Accommodation in an idyllic setting and in a building of great historical value. The staff very attentive and all charming. Without a doubt, to repeat and recommend
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