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As well as being Galicia's capital, Santiago de Compostela is also one of the world's great pilgrimage destinations, a magical city, of stone, arcaded streets and numerous beautiful churches and cathedrals. Many of the best places to stay in Galicia can be found here, but there are plenty further afield too.
But your pilgrimage into Galicia needn't stop there. Venture coastward to a region of cliffs, beaches, and arguably Spain's best seafood restaurants - Vigo and Pontevedra should not be missed. Explore the lush interior with its smattering of stone farming villages and vineyards - producing more of Spain's famous bounty. Allariz is a good base for inland exploring. It's just 15km from the provincial capital Ourense, and boasts a medieval centre and a festival slightly akin to that in Pamplona (though Allariz's Ox Festival only features one bull!).
Or visit some of the region's other cultural hubs, including A Coruña, home of the Tower of Hercules. A stroll through almost any of Galicia's towns of cites will be a rewarding, historic experience, and also a rewarding one for the gourmet. But this is also a great country to drive around, with some exceptionally beautiful views.
But be aware it's a popuiar destination during the summer months. So if you want to book one of the best places to stay in Galicia in July or August, you'll need to be organised and book ahead. Otherwise go in the quieter months when it'll feel like you've got the place to yourself.
For great value
- O Portelo is a simple hotel in the heart of Allariz. Rooms are traditional and rustic - think exposed beams and stone walls and plenty of charm.
- Quinta de san Amaro in Pontevedra offers fourteen bedrooms with a pool for the summer - though the beaches of the Rias Baixas are just ten minutes away - and a cosy library for the winter. Surrounded by fragrant fruit trees, it's a quiet, chic and gourmet escape. Plus rooms starting from just £79 per night.
- Costa Vella in Santiago de Compostela, is a charming, 14 room hotel right by the cathedral. Rooms have huge windows, some of them overlooking a beautiful central courtyard garden filled with magnolias and fountains. Rooms start from £43 per night.
For something grander
- For something a bit grander, try Palacio de Bentraces, a stunning Spanish nobleman's house in a quiet village just outside of Ourense. A lot of attention has been paid to the luxurious detail in the four rooms, and there's some lovely art and antiques. Plus beautiful gardens, a large pool and delicious Galician food on request.
- Parador de Baiona in Balona is a palace of a hotel sitting right on the edge of a peninsula. As well as having great beach access this hotel has spectacular views. The interiors are traditional and elegant.
- Pazo la Buzaca is a beautiful Galician manor house set amongst the rolling hills of Pontevedra. Its 13 rooms are romantic and chic, with balconies overlooking the countryside. There's also an excellent restaurant.
- A Quinta de Auga is a classic spa hotel just outside Santiago de Compostela. Its gardens are lovely, its food gourmet, and the rooms are luxurious.
Best Hotels in Galicia
Palacio de Sober 43 roomsOurense (Sober)
A seamless Five Star hotel in beautiful surroundings. Vineyards, state of the art spa, award-winning restaurant, and chic rooms and suites. A choice for the luxury traveller who looks for something zen as well as tradition.Spa breaksFoodies5* Luxury - Very high service standards.Country Escape
Pazo la Buzaca 13 roomsPontevedra, Galicia
A beautiful Galician manor house with a long family tradition. Set in the rolling hills, it has beautiful views over sprawling greenery. Romantic chic bedrooms, traditional in style, with attractive bedrooms and balconies. Excellent restaurant, gardens, pool, and lots to do in the countryside.Country EscapeSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorRemote - Off the beaten track.Romantic - Good for couples.
Costa Vella 14 rooms from $53Santiago de Compostela
A charming hotel close to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Rooms feature open beams, light wood furniture and huge windows. A beautiful courtyard garden filled with magnolia trees, vines, and fountains. An unbeatable location for exploring this historic Spanish town. Excellent value.Local exploring - Unbeatable location for exploring this UNESCO listed townValue chicSights nearby - Cathedral of St JamesLocal markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - Fodors
A casa da Torre Branca 9 rooms from $52Santiago de Compostela (Santiago de Compostela,)
A beautifully renovated 17th century farmhouse offering chic and cosy rooms in a village setting. Natural stone walls, exposed beams and period furniture add rustic charm. Fresh food is served in the restaurant with a good selection of Spanish wines. A charming authentic delight.Back to Nature - In a rural setting, surrounded by greenery, this place comes with the tranquility of a countryside.Local exploring - Close by to town area to enjoy taverns, restaurants and shopping.Country Escape - Lovely views of the Galician countryside from room windows.Value chic - Well priced rooms for the chic accommodation and services.
Casa Louran 6 rooms from $54Monfero (A Coruña), Galicia
A pretty country house situated in lovely countryside. Exposed stone walls, large open fireplaces and beamed ceilings all give a homely traditional feel. Gorgeous regional cuisine cooked using products coming from their own organic farms. Numerous outdoor pursuits in the area. Rural bliss.Country Escape - Open fires, home-cooked food and unspoilt countryside to explore.Less £ - Prices start from just €52 per night including breakfast!Sights nearby - A number of nearby monuments of historic interest including the Monastery of Caaveiro Monfero and the Tower of Andrade.Great walks - Endless hiking trails through the Fraga run. The hotel will be happy to advise on good routes.
Convento de San Benito 24 rooms from $56A Guarda, Galicia
A historic monastery with stunning sea-views. Lovingly converted rooms, all individually styled, with warm hues, antique furniture and parquet flooring. Cosy reception rooms complete with fireplaces and exposed stonework are ideal for whiling away a relaxing evening. Totally charming.Value chic - Reasonably priced elegant rooms in a stunning old monastery, just minutes from the beach, with original chapel and a cloister.Local exploring - A historically interesting property in a quaint fishing port and within easy access of the area's attractions.Sights nearby - A half hour drive will take you to Viana do Castelo where one can visit its cathedral, Eiffel bridge and romanesque remains.Great walks - Head out to explore this fascinating Galician fishing port on foot.
Casa Perfeuto Maria 7 rooms from $58Outes (A Coruña), Galicia
A family-run rural property situated in gorgeous countryside. Beautifully renovated throughout highlighting cosy traditional features such as open fires and exposed stone walls mixed with contemporary glass walls and open spaces. Regional home-style cuisine. An ideal base for exploring the outdoors.Total relaxation - A rural home that celebrates the slow-life: reading a book by the fire or going for a stroll through the countryside.Active Holiday - Situated in ideal surrounds for all sorts of outdoor pursuits. You'll find something for everyone here.Sailing - Take a scenic boat tour along the Ria.Full of character
Rectoral de cobres 8 rooms from $63Galicia
Chic countryside hotel. Rustic rooms feature mahogany furniture, French windows leading to balconies, crisp white furnishings and stone details. Outdoor pool, stone courtyard and ivy-clad terrace. Slick Spanish restaurant. Pretty, quiet and wonderful value.Country Escape - Best of both countryside house, and beach benefits of seaside walks and restaurants in this idyllic, peaceful spotSights nearby - Port of San Adrián de CobresGreat walks - Along nearby beachesSecluded setting - For escaping.Recommended by - Fodors
Hotel Puerto Gamboa 11 rooms from $63Vigo
A charming town house hotel well located in central Vigo. Gorgeous traditional rooms boast large private balconies, polished wood floors, chintz fabrics and luxury bathrooms. A small restaurant serves up home-style Galician delicacies. A delightful stay, ideally positioned to explore the city.Value chic - A great value choice, with chic rooms, excellent views and an ideal position to explore Vigo by foot. From jiust €60 per nightSights nearby - Visit the magnificent Concatedral de Santa María.Great walks - Take a scenic stroll along the marina.Full of character
Hotel Lois 10 rooms from $65A Coruna
Hotel Lois sits in the centre of A Coruña, only a few minutes' walk from the beach. The rooms are all decorated in a contemporary fashion and the hotel boasts its own on site restaurant specialising in typical Galician dishes. With easy access to the sights, it's perfect for a city break!Foodies - The on site restaurant serves wonderful Galician specialities and there are numerous restaurants nearbyLocal exploring - Only a five minute walk from the beach, and within easy reach of all of A Coruña's main sightsSights nearby - Explore the gardens of Méndez Nuñez or visit the Millenium Obelisk
Moure 15 rooms from $68Santiago de Compostela
An understated, modern hotel in the centre of Santiago de Compostela. Original exposed walls are blended with simple white on white colour schemes to create a stylish contemporary look. With the city's world famous cathedral nearby, it's a great place to stay for a weekend in Santiago.Local exploring - A chic and sophisticated choice for exploring the sights of Santiago de Compostela, just five minutes from the Cathedral.Sights nearby - Five minutes walk from the UNESCO World Heritage Santiago de Compostel Cathedral.Great walks - A great place to stay after completing the Camino de Santiago.
Parador de santo estevo 77 rooms from $89Ourense
A beautiful monastery conversion surrounded by rolling hills and wooded valleys. Contemporary chic bedrooms and suites have simple furnishings and all the mod cons. State of the art spa, excellent restaurant, and beautiful views from sprawling terraces. Romantic, relaxing, enclosed by nature.Views - Great views from hotelSpa breaksSights nearby - Gargantas del Sil, Adegas Valcar.Private Hot Tub
Os Lambrans 8 rooms from $78Galicia
A beautiful farm-turned-hotel, in the rolling Galician countryside. Its spacious rooms carry a simple elegance, with exposed stone walls and wooden flooring. With the option of taking over a whole six person apartment, it's perfect for a family holiday.Country Escape - A romantic country escape in the lovely Río Sar region, surrounded by beautiful countryside and not far from the Galician coast.Eco break - Guilt free holidaying at Os Lambrans, they use biomass and solar panels to heat water and underfloor heating.Great walks - There are plenty of trails and beautiful walks in the area and on the nearby river Sar.Sights nearby - Santiago de Compostela is only 25 minutes drive away.
Casa do Castelo de Andrade 10 rooms from $81La Coruña, Galicia
A beautiful country house with luxurious interiors. Rustic but immaculate rooms and salons; stone walls, open fireplaces, attractive furniture, balconies, reading areas. Lovely gardens, excellent restaurant, golf, riding, walks in the national park. A romantic spot for a country escape.LuxuryCountry EscapeRomantic BreakSights nearby - Many monasteries around.
Quinta de san Amaro 14 rooms from $97Pontevedra (Meano)
A delightful hotel in the countryside of Pontevedra. Elegant rooms feature wooden floors, valley views and frescoes. An outdoor pool, cosy library, and a fragrant fruit tree garden. Outstanding Galician cuisine. Quiet, chic, gourmet. Great for a romantic escape.Beach Life - Rias Baixas beaches are ten minutes away, plenty of sailing, diving, fishing and island hopping opportunitiesFoodies - Much-lauded hotel restaurant serves gourmet Galician market food; wine tours of the regionSights nearby - Sanxenxo, Cambados, Vigo, PontevedraViews - Salnes ValleyRecommended by - Sawdays
Hotel A Miranda 7 rooms from $84La Coruña, Galicia
Hotel on the sea in Cariño, designed by Jorge Cao Abad. Large guestrooms have mountain or sea views, marble bathrooms, accents of colour and wood. Larger suites are across two floors and have fireplaces. Great value restaurant offering Galician menu. Fantastic value beach stay.Beach Life - Outstanding views from your private terrace, a boat trip to see the lighthouse of Cape Ortegal and some surfingArchitectural - Designed by the architect Jorge Cao AbadSurfing - Coast of the Rías Altas is great spot for surfers, hotel can help with rentalsViews - Great views from hotel
Pazo de Altamira 16 rooms from $84Santiago de Compostela
A chic boutique hotel set in a historic building in the Plaza de Abastos Square. White on white throughout with subtle splashes of modern art. Light and airy rooms feature large sash windows with lovely city views. A bohemian restaurant with Galician roots at the heart of the cuisine. A trendy spot.Local exploring - With many of the cities sights within walking distance this makes an ideal base for exploringValue chic - Stylish accommodation at an inviting priceGreat walks - Walk up to the Monte de Gozo or the ‘Mountain of Joy' and, like pilgrims before you, take in the view of the cathedral.Sights nearby - Visit the The majestic Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and its square Praza do Obrodoiro.
Hotel Inffinit 30 rooms from $84Vigo
Modern hotel in historical part of Vigo. Elegant rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, sleek furniture, wooden floors and big marble bathrooms. Large balconies to enjoy views over the city, and breakfast is served in a light-filled dining room. Central and good value.Local exploring - Central hotel means it is easy to wander down to the port, enjoy some fresh seafood tapas and lively barsSights nearby - The Quiñones de León: free entry museum in a typical Galician country houseGreat walks - Through the French and English style gardens of Castrelos ParkOpulent
Pazo los Escudos 54 rooms from $103Vigo (Alcabre)
A Five Star beach facing hotel and spa resort. Contemporary classic rooms and suites with all the mod cons and some with balconies. Elegant living areas, state of the art spa, excellent restaurants, and direct beach access. Pampering for the luxury traveller.Spa breaksBeach Life5* Luxury - Very high service standards.Sights nearby - Castrelos Auditorium, Castrelos Park, Balaidos Stadium, Plaza America.
Altair Hotel 11 rooms from $89Santiago de Compostela
In the heart of the city located in a quiet street, this boutique hotel has been designed to provide luxury and comfort to its explorers. Rooms feature original stone walls combined with contemporary style furniture and luxe amenities. Enjoy the delicious breakfast and informal onsite bar.Local exploring - Set in a superb location with monuments, bars, restaurants and the cathedral all just out the front door.Value chic - Doubles start from as little as €85 per nightLocal markets - Go on a guided tour of the Old Town and discover the wide range of art galleries and monuments.Sights nearby - Discover the monastery of San Martin Pinario.
El Castano Dormilon 11 rooms from $93A Coruña, Galicia
A lovely hotel and restaurant, along Galicia's virgin coastline. Rooms are chic with sleek modern furniture complimented, by natural stone walls and wooden frames. Candlelight dinners and Galician wines are the norm here. Comfortable accommodation and fresh seafood in a romantic rural setting.Total relaxation - The perfect spot to sit back and relax in serene surrounds- enjoy reading in the garden or feasting on regional cuisine.Beach Life - The northern coastline of Galicia is well known for its cliffs, bays, beaches and estuaries.Birdwatching - Twitchers will be pleased to know there are many interesting species of birds found in this area.Great walks - Walk through the town of Santiago de Compostela, soaking up all its history.Recommended by - Sawdays
Casa do Mudo 6 rooms from $95Cervo (Lugo), Galicia
A pretty country house in an unspoilt area of Spain. Country style rooms with floral fabrics, exposed stone walls and traditional furnishing. Home cooked regional meals provided in the restaurant. Tranquil gardens to unwind in with a glass of wine. Ideal for a relaxing country escape.Country Escape - A quaint country house in unspoilt countryside near the pretty Galicia coast.Great walks - Take a coastal walk along the cliffs of Loiba.
Parador de Baiona 122 rooms from $115Baiona, Galicia
A palatial hotel on a peninsula with beautiful sea views and access to beaches and attractions around. Traditional elegant interiors boast wooden floors, chandeliers, opulent furnishings and fireplaces. Fantastic restaurant, swimming pools, and spa. A great choice for a romantic beach holiday.Beach LifeViews - Great views from hotelSights nearby - Monterreal Castle.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
O Portelo 12 rooms from $104Allariz
Simple yet charming hotel in the heart of historic Allariz. Rooms are traditionally furnished and rustic in style with wooden beams and exposed stone walls. Perfectly situated to explore both the town and surrounding area of Galicia and Northern Portugal.Sights nearby - 20 mins from Ourense, an hour from Santiago de Compostela.Views - Views of the city.Great walks - Good for walkers.
Gran Hotel Nagari 62 rooms from $104Vigo
The perfect location for a restorative break in the heart of Vigo. A plethora of massages and treatments are offered by the luxury spa, coupled with a rooftop pool and bar that boast stunning views of the Galician coastline - a chic yet understated hotel not to be missed.Sauna/Steam - The hotel is renowned for its spa and sauna facilitiesSpa - Award winning spa with numerous treatmentsRoof terrace - Stunning views of the coastlineSwimming Pool - Rooftop Pool and an indoor pool
Palacio de Bentraces 4 rooms from $115Ourense (Bentraces)
A stunning Spanish nobleman's house in a quiet village just outside Ourense. Superbly luxurious rooms and suites are traditional and filled with art and antiques. Beautiful gardens, large pool, and delicious Galician cuisine by request. The perfect romantic escape.Romantic Break - The perfect romantic spot.LuxurySights nearby - Just outside all the sights in Ourense.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Hotel San Miguel 17 rooms from $115Santiago de Compostela
A historic property with an enviable location in the charming pedestrianised area of Santiago de Compostela. Tradition meets modernity in the rooms; polished wood, large sash windows and contemporary bathrooms. An excellent restaurant brings regional cuisine onto a modern plate. Fantastic.Local exploring - Well situated overlooking a small square in the historic centre, within walking distance of many of the sights.Sights nearby - Just 200 m from the famed Santiago Cathedral, a fascinating sight for any culture vultures.Local markets - Take a walk around the Central Market and sample the local delicacies.Views - Great views from hotel
Torre do Rio 10 rooms from $125Galicia
A charming countryside hotel in rural Galicia. The individually decorated rooms are elegant and comfortable with balconies facing out onto the surrounding gardens. Try local Salnés cuisine in the hotel's restaurant. Perfect for couples looking for a relaxing, intimate holiday.Romantic Break - Brimming with charm and intimacy, the hotel is perfect for an intimate and romantic break in Gallicia.Country Escape - An chanting rural retreat set in lovely landscaped gardens, and surrounded by the River Umia.Fishing - Anglers will be pleased to learn that the nearby river offers trout fishing.Great walks - Several walking trails start from the house and lead through rural Galicia.
A Quinta de Auga 51 rooms from $143Santiago de Compostela
Classic contemporary hotel. Opulent rooms have rustic-style wallpapers, luxurious bathrooms, wooden floors and baroque furniture. Indoor pool, spa, games room and lovely gardens. Excellent regional cuisine in romantic restaurant. Pretty, relaxing and good value.Spa breaks - Set just outside the historic city, with lashings of peace and quiet, enjoy the tranquil grounds of this excellent spa hotelLocal markets - Santiago hosts a large traditional market: seafood, meat, fish, cheese, honey, baked goods, vegetables, wines and spiritsSailing - Experience that can be combined with a tasting at each port of the special products of each areaFishing - Rivers and reservoirs in the area are rich in species such as trout and salmonRecommended by - Tablet, Relais & Chateaux