Our Trips using this Lodging

Parador Dos Reis Catolicos

Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Adjacent to Santiago’s soaring Romanesque cathedral is the 5-star Parador de Santiago (Hostal dos Reis Catolicos), one of the most beautiful hotels in the world (and it claims to be the oldest, as it was built in 1499 by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella as a free hostel for weary pilgrims). Staying at this parador brings you into the heart of Santiago’s rich history. The hotel’s location right on the central square makes it a great place for people watching—you can sit with a glass of wine looking out over the square and the cathedral of St. James as pilgrims reach the conclusion of their long journey, a moment of extraordinary emotion. The hotel is built around four arcaded cloisters that have ornate Renaissance and Gothic courtyards, and the grand public areas feature fine religious art, tapestries, and antique furnishings. The breakfast buffet is legendary here, from chocolate churros to fine Serrano hams and cheeses.

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