Santiago de Compostela
As a destination on the Way of St James, Santiago de Compostela has been a city for travellers and pilgrims for at least a thousand years. Legend has it that the city itself was built around the shrine of the apostle, drawing countless visitors to this north-western corner of Spain. Over time, the shrine became the city's cathedral and the Old Town in which it is located is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today, the area is popular with tourists of all types and thousands come each year to stay in hotels in Santiago de Compostela such as Hospederia San Martin Pinario with its magnificent façades and the 5 star Parador de Santiago de Compostela with its opulent courtyards.
The city is connected by high-speed rail to the rest of Spain and, with its diminutive proportions, getting around once you are there is a breeze. Walking around Old Town you will meet with centuries of culture and beautiful architecture. The 12th century Colegiata de Santa María del Sar and the 16th century Baroque Abbey of San Martín Pinario are both notable for their exquisite detailing. In fact, the very walls of Old Town are in themselves a throw back to the days of medieval Spain and the legends that go hand-in-hand with that period. For an authentic taste of Old Town try the Hotel Compostela that looks much like an ancient fortress.
The religious heritage associated with the city makes hotels and apartments plentiful. However, Santiago de Compostela also has a wealth of other options for those who are looking for something a little different. The University of Santiago de Compostela has a vibrant campus set within awe-inspiring 15th century architecture. Regardless of whether you are an academic or not, the Gran Hotel Santiago will give you fantastic views and a little luxury to boot. If you're looking for something a little outside the hustle and bustle of the city then the Hotel NH Obradoiro is set within a number of parks on the outskirts – a great choice if you're looking for a little peace and quiet.