In the northwest of Spain, above Portugal, lies a region known for its beautiful beaches, amazing cuisine, and mild temperatures: Galicia. This attractive area is home to sights such as the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Cape Finisterre (The End of the World on the Way of St. James), and the Tower of Hercules in A Coruña. The interesting culture and history of the western region can be best understood by staying in a parador. Spanish paradores were built at the beginning of the 20th century on behalf of the king; since then, these luxurious hotels in historic buildings, like monasteries and castles, have not lost their charm, nor their devoted attention to comfort, service, and establishing a particularly romantic ambiance. Those seeking a break from the stresses everyday should look no further than “Green Spain”, in all its charming villages, pristine beaches, and verdant & dynamic landscapes.
Where to stay at a parador in Galicia? Regions at a glance:
Santiago de Compostela and Inland
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Getting there: The easiest and quickest way to get to your parador in Galicia is by flying into one of the three airports of the region: Lavacolla Airport in Santiago de Compostela, Alvedro Airport in A Coruña, or Peinador Airport in Vigo. Alternatively, you can fly into Porto, Portugal for a quick 1 and a half-hour drive across the border. From the airport, hop on the extensive rail system that runs through the countryside. Alternative, pick up a rental car at the airport to make your trip that much more special. The gorgeous scenery is best explored slowly, at your own pace. Finally, cruise ships come into the 130 ports along the coast of Galicia from the UK and other places in Europe.
Paradores are scattered all around the region of Galicia, and usually broken up into three categories; historic hotels, urban hotels, and hotels in nature or on the coast. Parador Hostal Dos Reis Catolicos is great city choice, the 16th-century Parador de Pontevedra for historic, and Parador de Baiona is right on the beach.
A parador is a former castle or monastery that has been repurposed into a luxury hotel.
Paradores, despite being luxury hotels, are usually quite affordable. Depending on the location and facilities, prices range from 80 EUR to 200 EUR in the high season with prices dropping between 70 EUR and 140 EUR in the off season.
Late June through mid-August you’ll have the most consistently good weather and the most daylight. That said, a trip in the chillier off season (7-13 °C) can be very romantic especially within the tranquil environment of a parador.
Galicia, or “Green Spain," is known for its great cuisine, mild climate, and beach-lined coastline. Santiago de Compostela, the capital of the region, is a famous destination for pilgrimages. Most visitors tour the beaches, explore the natural landscapes of the inland, sample authentic Spanish fare, and visit Santiago de Compostela for sightseeing.