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.
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+34
- Best time to visitApril, 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
As English speakers on a Spanish/English tour we were very well catered for with a pleasant, fluent and very informative guide. We had a great day, thank you.
Didn't make the best first impression as there was confusion at the starting point, some guests didn't have their printed ticket (patrons' fault, not the guide's), and one couple was on the wrong bus as there were two tours starting at the same starting point. However, the tour itself was wonderful. The first city was nice, old, lots of history but not really our "thing", the second and third stops were stunning- absolutely incredible, beautiful and memorable and definitely worth the day trip out of Santiago de Compostela. The tour bus was nice. The boat ride was really unique, and seeing the underwater mussels etc was so cool! I ate way more mussels than I expected to, and we had enough wine that folks were dancing on the boat. Bus ride home was comfortable, many people napped, overall a great experience I would recommend despite the rocky start.
The tour gave a good combination of different sights and included free time to wander around. Our guide Anna gave a lot of interesting information about the area, history, current situation in Galicia etc. and provided great answers to all our questions. We really enjoyed the day.
A good mix of information given out; historic, contemporary, rural, agricultural, environmental. A good Spanish & English speaking guide. Well paced to show the various sites as well as a long enough time for the lunch stop. An excellent spot to visit, with the wild Atlantic Ocean as a back drop, with beautiful rural Galicia being interpreted as we went along.
Lots of information to absorb, but our guide (Ana) did a great job of pacing the delivery and repeating crucial facts. We also had good amounts of time to wander and explore on our own, and the guide’s recommendation for lunch in Fisterre was spot on. Very enjoyable outing in spite of the not-so-perfect weather — so much fog we didn’t get a great view of the wonderful coastal scenery, Driver (Luis) was excellent and careful