Parador de Santo Domingo de la Calzada - 12th-century Pilgrim's Hostel (4*)
Situated south of Bilbao on the old pilgrims’ route to Santiago de Compostela, Santo Domingo de la Calzada can also be reached easily from both San Sebastian and Pamplona. The Parador de Santo Domingo de la Calzada is located in the main square in a former pilgrims’ hostel established in the 12th century by a local saint, Dominic, who is commemorated in the next-door cathedral and in the name of the town. The building that once provided shelter for tired pilgrims now offers very comfortable accommodation to the modern traveller, while maintaining a strong historic atmosphere.
The interior of the Parador features Gothic arches, stone pillars and wooden ceilings, while the comfortable bedrooms reflect the Parador’s overall ambience. Facilities include a sauna, and there is a golf course only 4 km away. Regional specialities on offer at the Parador's restaurant include Menestra de Verduras de la Ribeira (vegetable soup), Bacalao a la riojana (salt cod with Rioja peppers) and Tarta de Santo Domingo (a tart with almonds, raisins and candied fruit), all washed down with world-famous local Rioja wines. Less than half an hour away is the wine town of Haro, where many of the best-known Rioja names are established.
There is garage parking at this Parador. There is also a second Parador in the town (Bernardo de Fresneda) which is a 3* property, approximately 800m away.