Santiago de Compostela
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Built around an iconic cathedral, Santiago de Compostela offers plenty to see. With tourism its major industry, visitors are more than catered to, and welcome to explore the capital of Galicia, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

This huge cathedral offers numerous Catholic services throughout the day, including an English mass at 10:30AM. The real showpiece is the midday Pilgrims' Mass. Arrive early.


This ornate thurible, in which incense is burned, is found in the library portion of the Cathedral. Suspended from the ceiling, it is only used during important services.

Plaza del Obradoiro

This vast square is the heart of Santiago de Compostela and is one of its main attractions. The buildings all hold particular history; join tours to understand their significance.

Casco Historico

This is the Old City, and its name is no understatement. A visit to these cobbled streets is like a step back in time. Try getting a little lost - you never know you'll see!

Museo da Catedral

Art and archeology date back to Roman times in this museum, where you can learn everything you need to know about the Cathedral. Entry is just 6€ per visitor.

Planning Your Santiago de Compostela Visit

Walk the pilgrims' path

Also known as the Camino de Santiago walk, or the Way of St. James, this pilgrimage can take a couple of weeks, or even months, although many complete it in stages. Any route between St. James and Santiago de Compostela Cathedral qualifies, but some routes are more popular, so do your research and make sure you are up to the challenge. Routes are marked throughout Spain, France and Portugal and hostels dot the way, making accommodation relatively simple.

Getting there

Fly into Santiago de Compostela Airport from around central Europe. Visitors from further afield may have to connect in London or Amsterdam.

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  • Best time to visit
    April, May, June, and September are the best months to visit, especially if you plan to walk the pilgrims' path, because they are warm and dry, and everything is open.

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What People Are Saying About Santiago de Compostela

Fabulous - would do it again - and again!

This was an unmissable tour, despite some rain to start with - but everyone stayed upbeat and made the most if it. Our driver was exemplary and we felt very safe. And our guide - Oscar! He was magnificent, very enthusiastic and friendly. His enthusiasm was contagious and everyone enjoyed the day. Scenery was fabulous and The little church was breathtaking. All in all the day was superb and great value for the money. 10/10.

Our tour leader was knowledgable about the venues.

I thoroughly enjoyed the bus trip to Finisterre and Muxia. Our your leader and bus driver were true professionals and made the trip most enjoyable.

Cape Finisterre & Costa da Morte Day Tour from Santiago Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/20/2016

Wonderful day after walking the Camono Ingles

Lovely day out visitng small fishing villages, the Cape Finesterre and seeing all the hard core pilgrims and then the memorials and boiling Atlantic Ocean at Muxia. Wonderful day - great seafood restaurants s at Port Finesterre

Cape Finisterre & Costa da Morte Day Tour from Santiago Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/17/2016

Guide was very knowledgible about the history, geography, and culture.

I enjoyed the experience of sitting back and not being concerned about traffic or the destinations - we had full confidence in Anna that she had the experience to give us a rewarding tour and advice about what to look out for.

This was the effect ending to our Camino

So nice to sit down after 43 days if walking! We didn"the have to worry about a thing and Tony our guide answered lots of questions we had. So nice to see the sea.

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