Top attractions in Santiago de Compostela
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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- 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
We are so glad we went to the Cathedral and Museum with a guide. Elena is a young lady, and she has a degree in Arts and History. I had asked her Major at the University because she knows so much about including the years of occurrence. Many pieces at the Museum wouldn't have meant much without her explanation. While she was taking the time to talk in front of many artifacts, we saw many people had just walked by, and I felt sorry for them missing such meaningful pieces. Ask questions, she will have the answers! Thanks, Elena, we had a wonderful experience.
After an earlier tour (Rias Baixas) we had hoped to get more information during the tour. This tour was light on information about the area. Particularly, we had only one mention of the Costa del Morte at the beginning of the day and no further mention despite the fact that we drove along this coast. There was a lot of free time given in Finisterre with no direction so we spent our time after lunch wandering aimlessly. That said, the tour route was spectacular and the guide and driver extremely pleasant. It was more a driving tour than a cultural tour.
Best way to see the iconic Coast of Death (Finisterra, Ezaro, Muxia, Mores, Ponte Maceiro) when you just have a day in hand. While Daniel skilfully drove us through the narrow lanes, our guide Sonia gave us a brief history of everything and made the journey extremely informative and enjoyable. Even though it was a full day excursion, we did not feel tired as the stops were planned well with enough time to see the various places and rest if one wanted. Daniel and Sonia took care of of the passengers comfort in all aspects. Highly recommend this tour.
Our guide Elena was excellent ,she had all the information we needed to know about the history of Santiago, Elena has a great sense of humour, and speaks english very well. I would recommend anybody travelling to Santiago to go on this guided tour, well worth the money. Thank you Elena
We knew that the cathedral was under restoration and yet we were not disappointed thanks to our guide who did a good job, and the museum visit. However we should mention that the tour did not included a walk around the cathedral to learn and appreciate the symbolic facades.