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Santiago de Compostela


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Journey's end for pilgrims on the Way of St James
Santiago de Compostela is the capital of Spain’s northern region of Galicia. It is most famous for being the final stop in the world-renowned “Camino de Santiago”, the famous Catholic pilgrimage. The city also boasts an impressive food scene, contemporary art, and has a UNESCO listed Old Town.
According to tradition, the iconic cathedral of Santiago (which translates to “James” in English) houses the remains of Saint James the Apostle, who was one of Jesus’ first apostles. Catholics from around the world have been coming here since the 9th century as the final stop on the Camino de Santiago, otherwise known as the ‘Way of St. James’. In fact, the first travel book ever written was a guide on how to arrive here from France; written by a French monk around 1140. The cathedral, with its ornate Baroque, Gothic, and Romanesque design, will definitely be a highlight of your time in Santiago de Compostela.

Popular Tour Itineraries Featuring Santiago de Compostela

Spend some time in Santiago de Compostela on a tour that takes in other cities in Spain and neighboring countries. Our vacation packages including Santiago de Compostela and other destinations throughout Spain and Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.

Where to stay in Santiago de Compostela

Whatever your vacation style is, we have hand-picked accommodations in Santiago de Compostela to suit your needs. If you want to stay close to it all, we recommend staying in the historic Old Town. Besides the cathedral, you’ll also have easy access to museums, fine dining, and art galleries. One of the most unique and luxurious hotels in all of Spain is a former Pilgrim’s hospital located in Obradoiro Square, the Hotel Parador de Santiago. Built-in 1499, this hotel is also considered one of the oldest in the world!

For those looking for less hustle and bustle of the city center, we recommend the Angrois neighborhood; which is great for families. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary, we will present our recommended options for you to select from.
Design 5-star Hotel
Hotel housed in a refurbished convent retaining original architecture and artistic heritage blended with modern comforts.
Historical Luxury Hotel
This beautiful hotel is a blend of history, art and tradition, the dream of pilgrims and emblem of Santiago.
Small Boutique Hotel
Cozy and afordable option, located in one of the most secluded squares of the Historic center of Santiago de Compostela.

Things to do in Santiago de Compostela

Whether you are here for the Camino de Santiago or just to get off the beaten path in Spain, there is plenty to do in Santiago de Compostela. If you want to get a taste of the Path of St. James without committing to the 500 miles, you can visit the Monte do Gozo, the last hill of the pilgrimage. The region of Galicia is also famous for its delicious seafood, and the city of Santiago has a rapidly growing food scene. While you are here, you can take a cooking class, or simply enjoy one of the many traditional dishes that the region is famous for. Don’t miss out on the octopus “a la Gallega”!
Santiago de Compostela Private Walking Tour
La Coruña Private Tour
El Camino Stage Half-Day Tour

Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Santiago de Compostela

How many days should I spend in Santiago de Compostela?
The size and the variety of sights, apart from the Camino, make Santiago de Compostela a three-day destination. Numerous medieval treasures, architecture with stunning interiors, and fantastic rural sites with more routes to hike all compete for your attention. As a crossroads and pilgrimage place of many, the cuisine is also famous in Santiago. A three-day/two-night stay in the capital of Galicia Province will be a relaxed holiday.
How much should I expect to spend person per day in Santiago de Compostela?
You can expect to spend 35-40 EUR/person/day (40-45 USD) for food, beverages, transportation, and random leisure needs (spontaneous visit to a museum). If you plan to take excursions, the average cost may rise to 100-120 EUR/person/day (110-130 USD). Day trips usually include transportation, some food, and drink.
How do I get around Santiago de Compostela?
Buses services run in Santiago de Compostela from 7 am to 11 pm frequently. It is a reliable and easy-to-use service.
What are the must-sees in Santiago de Compostela?
You can't miss the cathedral and the museum attached to it to understand the history of an important pilgrimage city like this. In the Galician Center of Contemporary Arts, you will get a glimpse into the modern time's art activity of the Galician people. Culinary delights in Santiago should not be missed, either. Enjoy your holiday in the embrace of breathtaking and stunning architecture from ancient to contemporary.
Any souvenir shopping tips for Santiago de Compostela?
Shopping in Spain is not a challenge from a general point of view. Variety is abundant. It is not different in Santiago de Compostela either but gets fused with silverware and jet stone to make local shopping more irresistible.
What are the options in Santiago de Compostela for people with dietary restrictions and intolerances?
The Mediterranean diet is on the menu all around the country! Spanish cuisine uses a lot of rice and chickpeas that make the life of a gluten-intolerant easy-peasy. Milk is not a popular ingredient either, which is good news for lactose intolerants. Should you have any specific restrictions, feel free to turn to the waiter, who will helpfully assist you with the right choice of meal.
Where's best, easiest and safest to get some local currency in Santiago de Compostela?
ATMs are safe to withdraw cash in Spain, as long as you decline the offered conversion rate. You can use your credit card in most restaurants, cafés, and bars. For some hidden or street-based souvenir shops, you might need cash, but it is very seldom. In case using your credit card, please always require payment in the local currency, which is EUR in Spain.
Is Santiago de Compostela safe?
Despite the high number of people who travel to walk the Caminho, the route is safe. The crime level in Santiago de Compostela and around, due to the local authorities, is well below the average, but you should keep in mind the rules of safety when many people gather at one place. Petty crimes may still occur, so make sure to prevent falling victim by keeping your bags closed and valuables left in the safe of your hotel.
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