Galicia, Spain

Restaurant & Hotel Pepe Vieira

Price per night from$205.80

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR193.09), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Square meals and sanctums

Setting

Galicia’s sunny side

‘The farthest cuisine in the world’ is the oh-so-romantic tagline of Pepe Vieira, a Galician chef who knows just as much about storytelling as he does about food. And, as you’ll discover snaking your way up the hotel’s red-forest road – where wild horses outnumber humans by a substantial margin – the region’s folkloric cradle makes for a fairytale  setting. Breakfast here is a four-act drama of sweet and savoury flavours, while the travelling dinner – from garden to wine cellar to kitchen to table – is an interactive exploration of culture, tradition and relationships. But the protagonist here is the land, which pulls focus due to the barely-there minimalism of the cubed cabins guests stay in. Whether it's taking a nightcap on the terrace as the river glistens below, or watching the sunset from the comfort of your bed, here every day ends happily ever after.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

14 individual suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Prices

Double rooms from £181.73 (€212), including tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates include a mammoth, four-course, tasting-menu breakfast.

Also

For a bit of hagiography with your morning huevos, look out for the name of the day’s commemorated saint printed daily on each menu.

At the hotel

Terrace, vegetable garden, wine cellar, lounge, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: Nespresso machine, curated snack selection, black-out blinds, and air-conditioning.

Our favourite rooms

The hotel is made up of 14 standalone suites called ‘galpones’ (a Galician word for ‘shed’), each of which is identical in both structure and design; sleek white cubes with large glass windows that bring the outside in, and Japanese-inspired, minimalist interiors with a tatami-style bed and all-black bathroom.

Poolside

You’ll find the rectangular pool out on the terrace, surrounded by leafy landscaping and a sprinkling of loungers overlooking the ría below.

Packing tips

You’ll want a notepad handy to jot down tips for your at-home culinary escapades, as well as jeans with a generous waistband…just sayin’.

Also

There are two adapted suites available for guests with mobility issues.

Children

Leave the little ones at home, this gastro-getaway is adults-only.

Sustainability efforts

Pepe Vieira is all about the land, which is probably why they were one of the first restaurants in Spain to be awarded a green Michelin star. When possible, vegetables are harvested from the hotel’s own garden, and the kitchen relies on local fishermen and farmers for everything else. The 14 suites have been seamlessly integrated into the landscape to prevent disturbing the surrounding eco-systems, and as you’d expect, single-use plastics are nowhere to be found.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

The closer you sit to the glass windows, the better the view of Galicia’s gorgeous greenery.

Dress Code

Swap your pattern-popping Gucci threads for sophisticated block colours of navy, grey and sand…imagine a Muji x the Row collaboration and you’ll be on the right track.

Hotel restaurant

Where do we start? To call Pepe Vieira’s eponymous eatery a restaurant would be to risk underplaying it. Rather, it’s an ambitious anthropology project, a deep dive into Galician culture and history, and a way to preserve centuries-strong recipes and traditions. Vieira has a strong attachment to the land, which is why dinner starts outside in the vegetable garden, where the kitchen forages most of its produce. Here, you’ll be offered a palate-cleanser of homemade kombucha and an appetiser made in front of you at an alfresco chef station. Back inside, pocket-sized millo mìudos (corn tortas) whet your appetite before the starter proper, which could be anything from an Instagram-worthy salad of of fermented tomato water, flowers and seeds with a glass of crystal-clear distilled gazpacho; to an onion soup named after local plañideras – women from the Rías Baixas who were hired as professional mourners for the funerals of unfavourable, or simply unpopular, people. Next stop, the kitchen, where depending on your preferences you’ll be served something deliciously veggie or a fish dish straight from the ría. After a quick pause in the wine cellar, your gastro-adventure concludes at the table – expect steam, smoke and all manner of alchemy and illusion. Queimada – a Galician punch that takes its name from a witches spell – is served in a lime, before you’re given a refreshing duo of equally imaginative desserts. As for breakfast? Well, let’s just say you won’t be needing lunch.

Hotel bar

There’s no dedicated bar space, but guests are welcome to hang out in the ‘lareira’ area (named after its cosy fireplace) and indulge in a drink or two. The wine cellar has an encyclopaedic array of Galician tipples, as well as European, international picks, and some dusty vintage bottles, too. Pepe Vieira resides in Rías Baixas, one of five wine-making areas in Galicia, known for its elegant Alberiños. Try a glass from Do Ferreiro, a small family vineyard known for pioneering the indigenous grape by reviving his 200-year-old vines – and Galicia as a wine region – from the early 1970s on. Reds tend to be produced in the east, where the grapes make for light, summery flavours. You’ll see what we mean after a glass of Alma de Mar, a seemingly white wine made from the red caiño grape…¡qué magia!

Last orders

Breakfast runs from 8am to 10.30am, lunch from 1.30pm to 3pm and dinner from

Location

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Address
Restaurant & Hotel Pepe Vieira
Camiño da Serpe s/n
Pontevedra
36992
Spain

Perched atop of the snaking Camiño de Serpe, you’ll find Pepe Vieira hotel and restaurant surrounded by thick redwood forest overlooking the Ría de Pontevedra.

Planes

Vigo Airport is closest to the hotel, just a 40-minute drive away, while Santiago-Rosalía de Castro is an hour to the north. Each has direct flights from all over Spain and Europe, and the hotel can arrange transfers starting from €80 one-way. International travellers should fly into Porto Airport across the Portuguese border. From here, the hotel is 90 minutes by car.

Trains

Pontevedra train station is around 20 minutes away by car, with direct trains to Vigo, A Coruña and Santiago de Compostela. There’s a high-speed service, too, which will get you to Madrid in just under four hours. The hotel can arrange transfers to and from the station for €35.

Automobiles

Since the hotel is reasonably remote, driving is recommended. Wheels offer guests flexibility and freedom to explore the region at their own pace, though there are taxis on hand for your Galician wine-tasting trips. There’s free, on-site parking for guests, and four electric-charging stations for greener rides.

Worth getting out of bed for

Think of Pepe Vieira’s multi-course offerings as ample fuel to start exploring Galicia’s green heartlands. Start nearby at the quaint fishing village of Combarro, where excellent seafood, traditional hórreos (charming Galician corn cribs) and colourful coastal houses make for a picturesque afternoon amble. O Grove is another such village, where you can spend your days horizontal on the soft white sands of A Lanzada beach. Out to sea you’ll notice dark wooden platforms bobbing on the water, these bateeiros are the lifeblood of the population here, who rely on mussel and oyster fishing for their income. Join them for an afternoon to see exactly how they do it, just ask the hotel to arrange. Then there’s the islands; Illa de A Toxa is closest, and is known for its medicinal mineral water and mud, which boast therapeutic properties for the skin. Next, Illa de Arousa is home to the Carreirón nature reserve where you’ll find rare grey herons alongside frogs, rabbits, lizards and a rainbow of plants. Take a hike through one of its trails, stopping for a picnic on As Margaritas along the way, a secluded cove with crystal-clear waters. Last, but certainly not least, islas Cíes are as serene as they come, with white-sand dunes, rocky green hills, and a trio of top-tier beaches, Praia das Rodas, Praia de Nosa Señora and Praia das Figueres(word of warning: you may want to leave your bathing suit at home for the last one…) In neighbouring Pontevedra, check-out the Ruínas de San Domingos, the remains of a 14th-century convent, before playing house at Pazo de Lourizán, a romantic 19th-century manor, and admiring the terracotta, scallop-shaped façade of the church of the Pilgrim Virgin. Leave an hour for a stroll around the old town, or two if you plan on stopping for lunch; Plaza de la Leña is one of the prettiest spots to do so, a mediaeval square flanked by tapas bars. Up north, take a walking tour of Santiago de Compostela, where the story of a past spent at the crossroads of power is best told through its architecture. For those with more contemporary tastes, the City of Galician Culture complex on the outskirts was built by Peter Eisenman as a tribute to fellow architect John Hejduk showcasing a modernist flow of concave and convex structures that organically rise and fall. And, known for its vineyards and country houses, Galicia has its fair share of rural romps to enjoy, too. At Forjas del Salnés in Rías Baixas, ancient vines and native Galician grapes are nurtured by the expertise of Rodrigo Méndez, just ask the hotel to arrange a tasting session.

Local restaurants

Another Pepe Vieira project, Ultramar in Pontevedra is a more casual spot that shares its impressive building with the town’s museum. Dine under rustic, barrel-vault ceilings on a menu inspired by the region’s strong South American influence with dishes like Galician beef T-bone steak or an open mushroom omelette with blue cheese. And, while vegetarian choices are limited, the few dishes it does have do not disappoint. Order the juicy, honey-glazed tomatoes to start, the cheese-slathered salsify for mains and the hefty NYC cheesecake, topped with fresh berries and mint, for dessert. Fish-lovers, meanwhile, should make a beeline to Combarro’s Taberna Leucoiña where gambas a la plancha, razor clams, octopus sushi and volandeiras mussels are served in the shadow of charming Galician hórreos overlooking the bay.

Local cafés

The Village Bakery in Arousa does an unbeatable brunch of tomato and chia bread, yoghurt with fresh fruit, homemade chocolate cake and damn fine coffee. 

 

Local bars

It’ll come as no surprise that wine is a big deal in this part of the world, and you’ll find excellent vineyards and small bodegas throughout Galicia’s green lands. Two of our favourite grape escapes are A Curva, which sits pretty on the Portonovo waterfront, where you can join one of Miguel Anxo Besada’s fun and informative blind-tasting sessions, and Lagüiña lieux-dit, a traditional Galician ‘furancho’ which started as a way for wine producers to sell any excess direct to locals, and makes for a fine way to spend an evening, with grapes from the barrel and simple, homemade food.

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Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this haute-gastro hotel in Pontevedra and unpacked their bottles of fruity Albariño wines and traditional Xianas biscuits, a full account of their flavoursome frolic will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Pepe Vieira in Galicia

At the heart of Pepe Vieira hotel is a story. Well, lots of stories actually. Unsurprising, perhaps, when you consider Galicia’s strong folkloric tradition, but here at Pepe Vieira, those stories are amplified, and expressed in experimental new ways – tales of triumph told through wine, tales of tragedy distilled in an onion soup, and tales of magic told through alchemical (but most importantly, edible) potions that are mixed at your table. Here, food is approached anthropologically; through the land it preserves, the relationships it maintains and the traditions it upholds. Design follows suit, with minimalist principles that place nature front and centre. Especially in each of the 14 ‘galpones’ (Galician for ‘shed’): white, cubed dwellings which combine all the comforts of a cosy suite with all the novelty (and knee-weakening forest views) of sleeping outside. Breakfast like a king with the hotel’s four-part tasting menu which consists of homemade juices, a savoury spread, fruits and yoghurt and sweet pastries to finish. Spend your afternoons idling by the pool, electric biking up the mountain – where you’re likely to encounter wild horses – or day-tripping to one of the charming nearby fishing villages. And, for the epilogue of your evening, take a wandering dinner through the hotel’s vegetable gardens, kitchens and wine cellar before indulging in a fairy-tale combo of sundowners and soft duvets.

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