Mini Guide to Galicia, Spain
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; parador.es; 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; europcar.com).
How to go
Ryanair flies direct to Santiago's Lavacolla airport from Stansted (from £60; ryanair.com). From March to November Brittany ferries runs services from Plymouth and Portsmouth to Santander (from £500 for two adults with a car; 24 hours; brittany-ferries.co.uk).