The route out of Portugal and into Spain via train was difficult in planning and figuring out, but quite simple in execution. Once it was figured out that I needed to leave in the early morning hours and would need to change trains in Vigo, everything fell into place.
I enjoyed Portugal immensely, but I was ready for Spain.
In researching lodging in Santiago de Compostela, I had come across the Parador in that city. Paradores de Turismo de España are a state-run chain of luxury hotels in Spain, and the properties are usually of historic significance. The Parador de Santiago is no exception, considered to be one of the oldest continuously operating hotels in the world.
Though I try to keep lodging for these trips at less than $80 per night and the stay here cost roughly twice that, I decided that even just the historic value was worth the splurge. It was, and then some.
Santiago is noteworthy for being the destination of a Catholic pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James). Seems then that it would be a place of reverence and piousness, but being at the end of the journey, it also becomes a spot for celebration, relaxation, revelry. I enjoyed my days there.