Monte Real Castle in Baiona, Galicia

March 11, 2010 By: erik Category: Photos, Spain, Travel 1,105 views

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Harbor from castle wallsTo take a break from the 517th Annual Arrival Festival, we walked up to the Monte Real Castle that looks out over the Baiona harbor and also towards the Atlantic Ocean. It houses the Parador de Baiona, which is a ritzy four-star hotel and restaurant. A double room with a view is only 266€ per night! Their marketing video is very well done. What had been an overcast day opened up and shed sunlight on most of our visit to the little peninsula fortress. Once we got up to admire the view, we found a stone bench to sit, and then lie, down on for a short siesta in the sunshine. All that walking, wine and octopus really knocked me out. So I can honestly say that I slept at the Parador de Baiona. Cat nap over, we continued all along the castle walls. Medieval castles are a lot of fun.

The historical information I can find on the internet about the Monte Real Castle claims that Julius Caesar’s legions first noticed its strategic position in 60 AD. Surely news of his death in 44 BC could travel from Rome to western Iberia in less than 104 years, so I’m thinking maybe they weren’t really his legions anymore. Whatever castle was there was destroyed by an Arab dude in the tenth century and quickly rebuilt by Alfonso V of León.

Montereal Castle Panorama
The views were unbelievable! Must be seen large.

Harbor from castle walls
The view down to the harbor.

Montereal Cannons

King of the Castle
King of the castle.

Queen of the Castle
Queen of the castle.

Part-time sweater model
The king moonlights as a part-time sweater model.

King and Queen
King and queen at arms length.

Queen of the Castle
Surveying the perimeter.

Turret Gull
Turret gull had the best view.

Montereal Western View Panorama
Looking west towards the ocean. View large. The cross was really symmetrical, but got distorted in the panorama stitching.

Baiona from Montereal Castle
Looking back down at the town of Baiona. View large.

Castle Wall
One last glance towards the New World before heading back to town to continue celebrating The Pinta’s return.

  • Stunning pics! Especially love the ‘must be seen large’ – wow. So does Queen now want a proper castle? With turrets?

    • Her Highness would be happy with a four-star chef and maids. Turrets are strictly optional.

      The princess on the other hand…I don’t know.