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Allariz is an ideal base for exploring the pleasures of Galicia, it's only 15kms from the provincial capital, Ourense, but with a much slower, historic charm and a picturesque spot overlooking the Arnoia river. Allariz's cobbled, medieval heart is packed with interesting civic, military and religious constructions - from plazas and statues to palazzos and one of Spain's most impressive chapels. The best places to stay in Allariz are usually found in the old town or in the countryside surrounding the town.
One of Allariz's busiest times is during the Ox Festival. Unlike Pamplona, in Allariz only one bull has the run of these medieval streets at a time, tethered by rope to his handlers - though the bull is very much the driver! Every now and then the bull's keepers tether them to one of the large metal rings you'll see around town while they all take a breather.
If you want to come an see the Ox Festival, you'll have to plan ahead - the best places to stay in Allariz get booked up months in advance at this time of year.
In the centre of town
- O Portelo is a simple hotel in the heart of Allariz. Rooms are traditional and rustic - think exposed beams and stone walls and plenty of charm.
In the surrounding area
- For something a bit grander in the Allariz area try Palacio de Bentraces, a stunning Spanish nobleman's house in a quiet village just outside of Ourense. A lot of attention has been paid to the luxurious detail in the four rooms, and there are some lovely art and antiques. There are also beautiful gardens, a large pool and delicious Galician food by request.
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O Portelo 12 rooms from $114Allariz
Simple yet charming hotel in the heart of historic Allariz. Rooms are traditionally furnished and rustic in style with wooden beams and exposed stone walls. Perfectly situated to explore both the town and surrounding area of Galicia and Northern Portugal.Sights nearby - 20 mins from Ourense, an hour from Santiago de Compostela.Views - Views of the city.Great walks - Good for walkers.