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Parador Hostal dos Reis Católicos opened in 1499 as a royal hospital, giving shelter to weary pilgrims in rooms around its four historic cloisters. Now it is Santiago's top hotel, with regal accommodation: four-poster beds, cathedral-view balconies and dark, baroque furnishings (00 34 981 58 22 00;; Praza do Obradoiro 1, Santiago de Compostela; from £190).

Find your way

Getting to the coastal towns is easy using the train network that links Santiago with Vigo (£6), Pontevedra (£5) and A Coruña (£4). For further afield, hire a car. You can find major car hire companies at the airport (from £21 per day;

How to go

Ryanair flies direct to Santiago's Lavacolla airport from Stansted (from £60; From March to November Brittany ferries runs services from Plymouth and Portsmouth to Santander (from £500 for two adults with a car; 24 hours;


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