The Parador was originally a monastery founded in the twelfth century to provide lodging for the pilgrims travelling to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. This is one of the most beautiful Renaissance building in Spain. There are many public rooms all filled with paintings, carvings and tapestries. Royal halls, large rooms, library and a restaurant offering fine cuisine make the Parador de San Marcos a unique place to stay in the Pilgrim's Way and the Via de la Plata.
This Parador has 195 twin bedded rooms. All the rooms have a private bathroom, satellite tv, room safe and a mini bar. Some rooms are specially equipped for the disabled.
The restaurant specializes in local dishes and there is a gluten free menu. Signature dishes at the hotel include: "Cocido maragato" which is a stew of chickpeas, meat and bacon and "Ancas de rana" which are frog legs.
Places to visit in the town include the cathedral which was built on the site of the second century Roman baths. Also the Royal Church of San Isidoro, the archaeological Museum and the "Casa de Botines" by Gaudi.
(Leon, Santiago de Compostela)
Spend time exploring the beautiful Northern coast of Spain as you board a luxurious train for 7 nights. See the changing countryside as you travel from Leon to Santiago de Compostella, the destination of thousands of Jacobite pilgrims each year. Enjoy a tranquil night’s rest each evening as the train pulls up and lays stationery until morning. Enjoy shared guided visits and tours of sights of interest en route and sample great regional food throughout. Bookend your train journey with time in both Leon and Santigo and avail of private guided excursions and explore some more.
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