There may be no more fitting place to stay after your trek to Santiago than its renowned Parador de Santiago. Offically known as the Hostal dos Reis Católicos, it is the world’s oldest hotel. Spaniards built the structure in 1499 as a hospital to help the throngs of ailing pilgrims streaming into the city.
Today, of course, it’s a five-star luxury hotel offering impeccable service and amenities: sumptuous rooms with baths, elegant public rooms, four cloisters and various places to dine.
At a minimum, take one of the tours, or enjoy a drink on the patio or inside.
Look for the mischievous naked gargoyle on the building’s facade. It’s the one peering backwards through his legs.