Currency: 1 euro = $1.28
Bicycles: Welcome everywhere in Spain, in hotels, and on ferries, buses, planes, and trains.
How to get there
US Airways, Air France, and Delta run one-stop service from Boston to Madrid for between $780 and $900. One-way flight, Madrid-San Sebastian, $172; overnight train, Madrid-San Sebastian, $115; one-way flight, Santiago de Compostela-Madrid, $48 on Air Europa, $79 Spainair; $150 Iberia.
Where to stay
Zubiaurre PS DE #70
Rooms about $45. Friendly hotel a 20-minute walk from the old city. Owner loves cyclists.
Parador de Hondarribia
Plaza de Armas, #14
Stunning 10th-century castle converted into simple, yet luxurious hotel in period style. Rooms about $160.
Plaza de Incarnacion #3
Rooms about $90. Friendly, pretty hotel on the edge of the old city and a 30-minute walk to the beautiful Guggenheim Museum.
Praza de Fonseca #5
Colonial and hip, modern rooms 100 yards from the cathedral. Rooms $58.
Hotel Parador de los Reyes Catolicos
Plaza del Obradoiro #1
15705 Santiago de Compostela
Famous five-star parador housed in a monumental medieval building on the same square as the cathedral. Built in 1499 by the Roman Catholic monarchs Isabel and Ferdinand. Rooms from $230.