Top attractions in Santiago de Compostela
The 5 Best Things to do 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.
1. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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!
5. 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.
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Planning Your 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.
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
this tour today was a fantastic day out from start to finish . our driver and tour guide couldn't have been professional and friendly . the experience of seeing parts of Galicia will always be with me. highly recommend going on the tour. beautiful wine at the Albarino winery, the boat trip with mussels and more wine was a real treat the crew kept bringing more. seeing how the grow the shellfish was an eye opener, very entertaining crew. you will not be disappointed that's for sure. The small € paid for a full day with all the extras was a great package. The tour guide explained everything to me in English as well. fantastic
I like the Cathedral Beach , So beautiful and take lots of pictures. I saw everybody very happy there, even many tourists. Everybody respect the rules for protection of COVID. So there is safe place. Lugo is Nice city; just we have too little time.
Well organized and accurate reception at the beginning, and a guide with deep knowledge of the visit contents. Also, the way to explain was adapted to ages and conditions of the group members.
Thanks to Ashraf knew a lot of Galician culture. Excursion planned with a personal touch. Highly recommend.
Great tour, well organised. Two great towns/cities and the most amazing Spanish tortilla!