Welcome to Monforte de Lemos
This crossroads town is neither as compact nor as pristine as other stops in the region, but it has a historic heart and it's well worth making your way north of the centre up the hill, Monte de San Vicente. Here the 17th-century Monasterio de San Vicente is occupied by a parador hotel whose courtyard, cafe and restaurant are open to all, and you can visit the Torre da Homenaxe, the last vestige of the Counts of Lemos' medieval castle. You can drive up Monte de San Vicente, but it's interesting to walk up past medieval walls and houses from Praza de España in the town centre. Follow Rúas Zapaterías, Pescaderías and Falagueira then head up the 'Castillo' path a few metres inside the Porta Nova gate.
The Centro do Viño da Ribeira Sacra is an excellent place to inform yourself about the Ribeira Sacra's wine, culture and history.