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Santiago: Cathedral & Museum Tour & Pórtico of Glory Option

Santiago: Cathedral & Museum Tour & Pórtico of Glory Option

Experience a journey into the past discovering the history of the Apostle Santiago and get to know the Cathedral Museum and the Cathedral in all its splendour with this tour, choosing the option that best suits your tastes: guided tour only Museum and Cathedral or the option that includes the Portico of Glory. Get to know every corner of our beautiful Cathedral, discover its Romanesque architecture, learn about the construction throughout the centuries and admire the Chapel of Relics, the Royal Pantheon, the Chapter Library and the famous Botafumeiro.

Santiago de Compostela: Cathedral, Museum, and Old Town Tour

Santiago de Compostela: Cathedral, Museum, and Old Town Tour

Discover the city 100% by our tour that combines a walking tour through the city and a tour of the Museum and the Cathedral of Santiago: get to know its past and fall in love with its essence. We start the tour at Obradoiro Square where our guide will be there with an orange umbrella waiting for you: we will stroll through the millenary streets of the old town, you will enjoy a 40 minutes-break between the tours and you will continue with a guided tour to the Cathedral Museum and the interior of the Cathedral with our official guides.

Santiago de Compostela: Land of Legends & Meigas Night Tour

Santiago de Compostela: Land of Legends & Meigas Night Tour

Through this night tour in Spanish you can discover Santiago de Compostela in a fun and different, magical and mysterious way. Get to know the main monuments of the old town while discovering all its mysteries, legends and secrets; meet her Meigas, spells and amulets; what is the Santa Compaña and the rituals to protect oneself from it; or the relationship of the Camino de Santiago with the Templars and the game of the goose. Starting in the Platerías Square, you’ll discover numerous legends about Santiago and our history. You’ll admire its impressive buildings and the secrets that this square hides. Next, you’ll marvel at the impressive Obradoiro Square and Cathedral facade. Then you’ll discover the door through which pilgrims entered the Cathedral in the Middle Ages, in the Azabachería Square. Here you’ll learn the history of Meigas and other mysterious beings... And the amulets to protect you from them. You’ll also know who the Templars were and the relationship with de Way of Santiago and the Game of the Goose. You’ll also get to know streets that many people from Compostela do not even know, you can admire the city market building, mysterious cruises and legends, who’s the Santa Compaña and how to protect yourself from it if you meet it... You’ll finish the tour in the spectacular Quintana Square, where you can meet a mysterious ghost that appears when night falls… Do you dare to take this mysterious night tour? This tour is only in Spanish.

Old town walking tour with an Official Guide

Old town walking tour with an Official Guide

Embark on a walking tour around the charming Santiago de Compostela with a official guide. Learn about the rich history, culture, and magnificent architecture from your guide as you explore this city. Enjoy this incredible tour of Santiago to experience the city like a local. We will meet at the Plaza do Obradoiro where we will learn about the fascinating history of the city, the beautiful squares around the Cathedral ( Plaza de Platerías, Plaza de Quintana y Plaza de la Inmaculada), Plaza Cervantes and the Abastos Food Market, ending the tour walking through its ancient streets.

Santiago Cathedral: Visit with rooftops and Portico optional

Santiago Cathedral: Visit with rooftops and Portico optional

Embark on a guided tour of the roofs and the Carraca Tower, exploring also the Cathedral and its outstanding areas of the Museum, such as the cloister, chapter house and library, among others. This experience will give you the best panoramic views of the city, while you immerse yourself in the various stages of construction of the Cathedral, discovering its fascinating history and evolution and enjoy the Portico of Glory (only if this option is selected). If you choose the option without the Portico of Glory: the tour has a little interval between the two parts due to the need to climb 150 steps to explore the rooftops and ascend the ratchet tower. For this reason, this tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility. *This tour is available only in Spanish.

Secrets of Santiago de Compostela: A Self-Guided Tour

Secrets of Santiago de Compostela: A Self-Guided Tour

Centuries of devotion and artistic brilliance converge at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, which stands atop the reputed grave of St James The Great. On this walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, you‘ll explore both the grandeur of the cathedral‘s interior and the breathtaking beauty of its exterior. I also hope to deepen your appreciation for this architectural marvel and the rich history and spirituality that surround it. The tour starts at the magnificent Praza do Obradoiro, the Old Town’s main square, where I‘ll show you easy-to-miss details like the intricate blend of Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque architecture that adorns every corner of this architectural masterpiece. You‘ll circle the cathedral‘s surroundings and I‘ll reveal its fascinating layers of history. At the Azabachería, its northern façade, you‘ll see where pilgrims entered the cathedral complex from as far back as the 1100s. At the Berenguela Tower, you‘ll hear about its 6-tonne bell, the largest in the cathedral. From there you‘ll enter the cathedral and learn the secrets held within. I‘ll also show you where pilgrims have for centuries embraced the apostle, and hugged the statue of Saint James. On this tour, you‘ll also have the chance to: • See the astonishing Botafumeiro, the world‘s largest incense thurible • Learn about the ceremonial rituals that involve the Botafumeiro, and how it symbolizes purification and spiritual cleansing for pilgrims • Visit the Immaculate, Quintana, and Platerias Squares, and decode the symbolism and importance of this area within the cathedral complex • Journey through the Holy Door, only open during Holy Years, and delve into the details of this extraordinary entrance • Find out how the discovery of Saint James‘ tomb in the 800s changed the religious landscape of the Iberian Peninsula forever • Hear about the significance and decoration of the temple‘s golden Baroque main altar • Pay your respects at the sepulcher of Saint James, the cathedral‘s spiritual heart • Discover the legends and history that surround this holy relic and understand its central role in the pilgrimage tradition Whether you‘re a recently landed pilgrim or an art or history enthusiast eager to discover the cathedral‘s secrets, this tour promises an unforgettable experience. Let‘s embark on this remarkable journey together. Disclaimer: Any route changes or areas restricted for restorations that the cathedral determines unilaterally are not our (or VoiceMap’s) responsibility.

Santiago: Essential Tour of the city's emblematic places

Santiago: Essential Tour of the city's emblematic places

"Discover Santiago de Compostela with this Walking Tour of the Holy City". Santiago de Compostela, the spiritual jewel of Galicia, is a destination full of history, stunning architecture and a vibrant atmosphere. Designed to immerse a group of up to 8 people, this shared experience is made to discover the cultural and religious richness of the city, exploring its most emblematic sites. Our initial proposal focuses on exploring four distinctive areas of the city with its most representative landmarks: - Alameda Park: We will start our tour in the beautiful Alameda Park, a green oasis in the heart of the city. Here, among leafy trees and elegant walks, we will discover the history of the park and its importance for the locals. - Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela: We will head towards the majestic Cathedral, the final destination of thousands of pilgrims who walk the Camino de Santiago every year. We will admire its impressive façade and its imposing towers. A moment for reflection and admiration. - Around the Cathedral: We will explore the Cathedral's surroundings, strolling through the streets that are home to charming shops, cafes and restaurants. We will discover the Plaza de Platerías, Plaza de la Quintana and other corners with fascinating stories that have witnessed centuries of history. - The Abastos Market: We will conclude our tour at the Mercado de Abastos, where we will be greeted by the enticing aromas of local produce. Here, in a lively and colourful atmosphere, we will have the opportunity to enjoy the fresh products coming from the Galician land. Details and Flexibility: Our guide will be attentive to the interests of the group, being able to adapt the route according to the preferences of the participants. We strive to offer a personalised and memorable experience for everyone. Customer Experience: From the moment we meet until our farewell, we are committed to making every moment special. Our guide will be available to answer questions, provide additional information and ensure the satisfaction of every member of the group. With this proposal, we hope to offer a unique and enriching experience for those who wish to discover the charms of Santiago de Compostela. ⛪ #TourSantiago

Complete Santiago Tour with tickets- Full experience in 4H

Complete Santiago Tour with tickets- Full experience in 4H

We will start at 10:00 in the Plaza del Obradoiro and, from there, we will start the guided tour inside the Cathedral with a specialized guide: the treasury, the cloister, the main chapels... Learn about the history of the pilgrimage and its construction, destination of thousands of pilgrims every year. Then, after a 15 minute break, we will go inside to visit the Portico de la Gloria, known as the jewel of the Romanesque style of the Cathedral of Santiago. Learn about the history of its architect, Master Mateo and discover all its secrets. We will continue with a walk to see the main streets and squares of the Old Town and we will finish inside the Hostal de los Reyes Católicos, the old pilgrims' hospital of Santiago. A complete tour to know in depth

Self-guided audio guide Route Santiago de Compostela

Self-guided audio guide Route Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela, located in northwest Spain, is a city wrapped in history, culture, and spirituality. Famous as the final destination of the Camino de Santiago, a network of pilgrimage routes stretching across Europe, Santiago invites visitors to explore its cobblestone streets, historic monuments, and vibrant cultural life. A journey through Santiago de Compostela offers a deep dive into the heart of Galicia, revealing both its heritage and hospitality. The adventure begins in the Plaza del Obradoiro, the epicenter of Santiago and one of the most impressive architectural ensembles in Spain. Here, the majestic Cathedral of Santiago stands as a testament to Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque art. The cathedral houses the tomb of the Apostle James, the reason millions of pilgrims have traveled to this city over the centuries. It's not just a place of profound religious significance but also an architectural marvel that leaves both believers and non-believers in awe. After visiting the cathedral, travelers can wander through the ancient streets branching off from the square, where every corner tells a story and every facade hides legends. The Mercado de Abastos, the second most visited place in the city, offers a burst of Galician flavors, from fresh seafood to local cheeses and wines. Continuing the route, the Parque de la Alameda provides a tranquility oasis, with magnificent views of the cathedral and the old town. This park is the perfect spot to watch the sunset, with its emblematic eucalyptus and centuries-old oaks inviting reflection and rest. Beyond its religious meaning, Santiago is a cauldron of culture. The Galician Center of Contemporary Art and the Museum of the Galician People offer a glimpse into Galicia's rich history and artistic expression, showcasing everything from ancient artifacts to modern art. For those interested in nightlife and gastronomy, Rua Franco and Rua de San Pedro are must-visit stops, where bars and restaurants buzz with activity, offering tapas, wines, and the chance to dive into the Galician lifestyle. Exploring Santiago de Compostela is to embark on a journey through time, where every stone and every street has a story to tell. From its historic monuments to its parks and markets, Santiago invites visitors to lose themselves in its beauty, find peace, and perhaps discover something new about themselves along the way.

Private Tour Secrets of Compostela

Private Tour Secrets of Compostela

Explore historic Santiago de Compostela at your own pace on a 2-hour guided tour. Whether you're into art, culture, or local legends, this Galician city has something to offer everyone. Start in Platerías Square, where you’ll hear legends about the evolution of the city and the Cathedral of Santiago through the centuries. Next, take in the facade of the Cathedral, which mixes Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque styles. Later, take a stroll through the city market, meet a mysterious cruiser, and discover the Figa and jet and what they are used for while listening to entertaining stories from your guide. Walk down the city's most emblematic streets or explore the lesser known ones, depending on the side of Santiago you wish to discover. The tour ends in Quintana Square where you'll visit the Holy Door, the place where pilgrims enter the Cathedral after their long journeys. Those who wish to enter the Cathedral can do so by purchasing a museum ticket.

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(514 reviews)

Maria the tour was fantastic, excellent knowledge of the city and cathedral and extremely pleasant. we we're delighted that Maria spent some time in our home city of Derry in Ireland. would definitely recommend both tours, there is a little break in the middle where you go get a coffee and then regroup for the 2nd tour. Amazing. Muchísimas gracias.

This was a very interesting tour of the most beautiful places between the cathedral and the market hall. This hour was perfect and entertaining. The detailed information about the construction of the cathedral and the surrounding buildings was a real asset. Great guide!

We really enjoyed the tour with Maria. She knows the history extremely well; so it was very interesting. All questions were answered with the inclusion of anecdotes. We learned a lot and took advantage of this beautiful visit. We highly recommend.

Great, we loved it. The Great Guide, with great detail and explanations so that we know Santiago perfectly.

Maria was awesome. So much knowledge. No rushing or crowds pushing so easy with her.