Perelada is a mix of winding cobbled streets and flashy modern builds. The nearby exclusive golf course with it’s decadent hotel and lavish surrounding properties are a stone’s throw from the town’s historic centre. The Perelada Castle Museum is situated next to a stunning castle housing a restaurant that is currently at the top of my bucket-list and a legendary casino, and was our first stop when visiting the town.
The museum, which is contained within a former Carmelite Convent, is stunning both inside and out – I must’ve taken about a hundred photos! We paid for our tickets and met our guide, who was simply brilliant – she was so accessible and engaging. The first room she showed us was the library. I felt like I’d stepped into *that* scene from Beauty and the Beast – I’d never seen so many books in my life!
Our next stop was the Gothic church and cloister. The cloister was so serene and picturesque, and the little church was stunning. It had recently been restored but you could still see original brickwork, and the mosaic floors and stained glass windows were beautiful.
Next we explored the wine cellar – the highlight being a whole room literally contained in a giant wine barrel!
Once outside we were shown around the stunning gardens, which were complete with a beautiful lake, rose garden, aviary and family of storks. There is also an annual music festival held in the gardens that I neeeed to go to one day!
The highlight of the tour is the view from the driveway of the castle’s famous facade, with swans floating serenely on the lake next to it. It’s breathtaking. (The weather was not-so-much, so please excuse the poor photo quality!)
We finished of our tour with a complimentary glass of fizz at the Perelada Wine Shop opposite the castle. I walked away with this bottle of white, mostly (entirely) because of the cute bottle..! Considering the decadence of the place, the wine was surprisingly cheap – this bottle only set me back €3.99!
This is definitely one of my new fave places, and I fully intend to head back next year!