Clinging to the edge of the Cañon do Sil, this parador, carefully built into the colossal 12th-century Benedictine Monasterio de Santo Estevo, stands out for its atmospheric setting and spectacular vistas. It's worth the extra cost for a superior room overlooking views of the Cañon and forested hillside. Designer furniture and intriguing artwork by well-known Spanish artists pepper the common spaces and lounge areas, and a spa with a bubbling outdoor Jacuzzi encourages
reconnection with nature. The cavernous restaurant is grand, yet the food lacks depth.
Monasterio de Santo Estevo, 26 km (16 miles) northeast of Ourense, off CV323 beyond Luintra, Ourense, 32162, Spain