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Santiago de Compostela

A gateway to Galicia, this famous pilgrimage site charms explorers with its culture, history, and gastronomy.

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Santiago de Compostela: Finisterre, Muxia & Costa da Morte

1. Santiago de Compostela: Finisterre, Muxia & Costa da Morte

Begin the tour with a visit to Ponte Maceira, a charming little town that is an obligatory stop for pilgrims who travel on their journey towards the “end of the world”. Admire its 14th-century bridge over the Tambre river and see the picturesque sets of medieval mills. Next, head towards the coast and enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the coast of Carnota. Drive by the beautiful coastal landmarks of Lira, Carnota Beach, Boca do Río, Mount Pindo, and Cape Fisterra. After, arrive at Ézaro, where the river Xallas falls into the sea forming a waterfall, the Ézaro waterfall, probably the most famous in Galicia and unique in Continental Europe. Continue to Cape Fisterra (Finisterre) once believed to be the westernmost point in Europe, where the lighthouse and kilometer zero (Km 0) of the Camino de Santiago is located. Here, eat lunch and get free time to walk around the town and its fishing port. Resume the itinerary and head to Muxia where you will be met here with a beautiful Sanctuary at the foot of the Atlantic and with three stones considered sacred by the Galicians. On the way back to Santiago, explore one of the largest barns on the Costa da Morte. The “Hórreo” of San Martiño de Ozón dates from the 16th century and is located next to a 12th-century Romanesque church and a small monastery now converted into a hostel for pilgrims.

From Santiago: Finisterre, Muxia & Costa da Morte Excursion

2. From Santiago: Finisterre, Muxia & Costa da Morte Excursion

After getting picked up from your hotel in Santiago de Compostela, begin your journey along the Galician coast. Your first stop will be at a traditional Galician village. Here, head to the top of a Roman bridge where you can admire breathtaking views of the river. Next, head to Muxia Lighthouse, where you can visit the famous sanctuary and head to the top of the lighthouse for a unique coastal experience. Continue your tour with a visit to the region's most important lighthouse, Finisterre. From atop of this picturesque lighthouse, admire panoramic views of what was considered by the Roman's to be the end of the earth. Break for lunch in the town of Finisterre before heading to the Ezaro Waterfall, the only waterfall that arrives directly into the ocean. Later, head to Carnota, where you can see the largest horréo, an old granary suspended by pillars, in existence. Finally, head to the village of Muros, a traditional coastal village. Enjoy some free time for a coffee or stroll around the main square before heading back to Santiago.

Santiago de Compostela: Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour

3. Santiago de Compostela: Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour

Skip the line and discover the Romanesque architecture of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela with an expert guide. Explore the Cathedral and its museum and gain a greater insight into the final stop on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. Admire the beautiful interiors of the Cathedral across four floors. See notable features of the Cathedral including the Chapel of the Relics, the Royal Pantheon, the Treasury, the Chapter Library, the Botafumeiro, and the Obradoiro balcony. Learn more about the construction and destruction of the Cathedral throughout the centuries. Hear of the legends and historical facts associates with the Cathedral with your official guides.

Rías Baixas: Full-Day Trip with Boat Ride, Mussels, and Wine

4. Rías Baixas: Full-Day Trip with Boat Ride, Mussels, and Wine

The first stop is the Natural Park “A Barosa,” an oasis of peace perfect for relaxing, spending time in tranquillity, and experiencing the sensations of the real and genuine Galicia: rural, calm, and away from aggressive tourism. Take a walk through the vineyards of the very prestigious Albariño. You will have the opportunity to learn about the production of this excellent wine as well as engage in a tasting of three wines of the denomination Rias Baixas in good company. The next stop is the shrine of “la Lanzada.” Get a full overview of this mystical place, established in the 9th century, and take a beautiful walk. Its importance is not only related to its history, but also to its location, on the shores of one of the most beloved beaches in Galicia. This temple welcomes and offers a ritual most popular in the light of the moon, which makes it even more unique in its genre. Combarro is a picturesque village, among the most beautiful in Spain, located on the banks of the Pontevedra estuary. Cross part of the bay of Poio. All this beauty is contained on a giant rock upon which it is built, by the granaries by which it is surrounded, by the houses overlooking the sea, and by several stone crosses typical of Galicia, called Cruceiros, which are on the site. Touring the characteristic streets and squares of this place, you have the possibility of taking a real and authentic journey through time, as well as visiting an area of great ecological value. The next stop is the island of Toja, famous for the production of soap and for its hot springs, located in an area called Red Natura 2000. Discover a small museum of the old soap factory and a chapel completely covered with shells. End with a tour of the sea, during which you will admire and face directly the production of mussels, oysters, and scallops, making different stops to contemplate the watering holes. Taste steamed mussels in great quantity accompanied by one of the best local Albariño wines (Condes de Albarei) and shots of Crema de Orujo. Pickup by bus at 9:15 AM Arrive in Santiago at 7:00 PM

Rías Baixas: Guided Day Tour from Santiago with Boat Ride

5. Rías Baixas: Guided Day Tour from Santiago with Boat Ride

You’ll depart Santiago de Compostela at 09:15 AM by bus for a 9-hour excursion to Rias Baixas, returning at around 07:00 PM. Detailed Itinerary Pontevedra: Visit the old town of Pontevedra and discover one of the best-preserved historic centers in Galicia. Founded in Roman times it was the main engine of the region for centuries. See the ruins of Santo Domingo, the Church of the Peregrina, and other monuments on a tour of the most interesting parts of the monumental area. Combarro: Stop to admire this picturesque town that’s the perfect example of popular architecture, and features an abundance of granaries and stone crosses. Take a river boat ride with a visit to the mussel rafts and the island of Tambo. Enjoy mussels and wine onboard. Afterwards, you’ll have free time for lunch. A Lanzada Beach: This is one of the most famous beaches in Galicia. Its fine sand, 2.5 kilometers (about 1.5 miles) of open water, amenities, and cleanliness make it worthy of the Blue Flag year after year. Cambados: Visit the Plaza de Fefiñanes, a charming space that’s home to the 17th-century manor giving the square its name. See the arch bridge, the Church of San Benito, and a group of houses built in the popular architectural style.

Santiago: Muros, Ezaro, Finisterre and Muxia Tour

6. Santiago: Muros, Ezaro, Finisterre and Muxia Tour

Depart Santiago de Compostela in the morning on an excursion to Finisterre and Muxia. First, take a walking tour of the old town Muros and the fishing port that is a reminder of Galician culture and tradition where the sea is the protagonist. Admire the porches, galleries, and quaint style of the homes. Visit the spectacular Ézaro Waterfall of the Xallas River, which crosses Ézaro and cascades into the sea. From a fantastic vantage point, enjoy breathtaking views of the town and coast. Discover the town of Fisterra, a popular stop on the pilgrim's route to Compostela. Visit Faro, the most important location in the Costa da Morte area. After, enjoy free time for lunch. Visit the quaint village of Muxia to see Nosa Señora da Barca, one of the most traditional marine sanctuaries in Galicia. It is said that the Virgin appeared to the Apostle James here. Next, visit the town of Ponte Maceira. Cross the medieval bridge over the Tambre River and admire the surrounding vegetation, creating an atmospheric setting. Afterward, return to Santiago de Compostela.

Cape Finisterre & Costa da Morte Day Tour from Santiago

7. Cape Finisterre & Costa da Morte Day Tour from Santiago

Take a day to get to know the Costa da Morte and the most rugged Atlantic coast facade in Galicia. Discover places of unique and stately beauty, such as Ponte Maceira and Muros, which has the privilege of owning an authentic marine quarter. Muros, with its beautifully restored old town, maintained its original image and now is its own sign of identity against the excesses of the coastline. The next stop is Ézaro in the extreme south of the Coast of Death. The waterfall of Ézaro is the only waterfall in Europe where fresh water pours directly into ocean. See Cape Finisterre Lighthouse, the westernmost area of Europe. Since ancient times, this place was considered by the Romans to be the end of the earth. Here you can enjoy stunning views of the cliffs, brave the waters of the Atlantic, and also take some free time for lunch in the town of Finisterre. Finally, discover another essential point, Muxía, a typical fishing village well known for its Virxe da Barca sanctuary, a baroque building built in the 11th-century chapel with a balcony facing towards the sea. Do not miss the opportunity to discover one of the most unique areas of Galicia.

Sarria to Santiago: 100 km 7-Day Hike Self-Guided Tour

8. Sarria to Santiago: 100 km 7-Day Hike Self-Guided Tour

Arrive at Sarria where you will spend the night before you start your first stage of the French Way of the Camino de Santiago. Benefit from transfer services from any airport in Galicia or any train station arranged in advance with the tour operator.  For the next 5 days, walk between 19 and 29 km per day enjoying the magnificent landscapes of inland Galicia. Prepare to enjoy rural towns, leafy woods, and the pilgrim atmosphere. The itinerary of your tour is as follows: Day 1: Arrival at Sarria on your own Day 2: Sarria - Portomarín (24 km) Day 3: Portomarín - Palas de Rei (25 km) Day 4: Palas de Rei - Arzúa (29 km) Day 5: Arzúa - Pedrouzo (19 km) Day 6: Pedrouzo - Santiago (20 km) Day 7: Santiago (after breakfast end of our services) Finally, reach Santiago de Compostela where you will spend a final night. Add an extra night there if you wish. Santiago de Compostela is considered a World Heritage Site, known for its great architectural beauty, monuments, story and being the final point of one of the most important pilgrimage routes in the world.

Finisterre, Muxía and Coast of Death: Full-Day Cultural Tour

9. Finisterre, Muxía and Coast of Death: Full-Day Cultural Tour

Departing from Plaza Galicia at 9:00 AM, head to Pontemaceira, a medieval bridge on the way to Finisterre. Arrive at Cape Finisterre, the end of the Camino de Santiago. Enjoy lunch in the town of Finisterre, known for its delicious seafood and visit the Finisterre Lighthouse. After lunch, continue to Ézaro Village to see its beautiful waterfall and river Xallas before going to Carnota. In this small town, learn from your guide about the horreo, a typical construction in the area. On the Coast of Death, discover leftover shipwrecks while hearing about the land of legends, inhabited by Celts who left countless stories wrapped in mystery. End the tour at 06:30 pm back at the starting point.

Excursion to Ribeira Sacra from Santiago de Compostela

10. Excursion to Ribeira Sacra from Santiago de Compostela

Depart Santiago by bus at 8:30 AM and head north to the province of Orense, where your guided tour through the Ribeira Sacra will begin. Discover how the name of this region, which means Sacred Riverbank, comes from the Middle Ages when many monasteries were scattered across the slopes of these rugged landscapes. Upon arrival, board a catamaran that will take you through the River Sil canyons. For 1.5 hours, enjoy the characteristic landscape of the area, and see the enormous walls that rise up to almost 500 meters high. During the cruise, have the opportunity to sample some traditional wine. Then, disembark and continue towards some of the viewpoints in the northern part of the Ribeira Sacra. After admiring these views, visit the San Esteban de Ribas de Sil monastery. The monument is currently used as a Parador Nacional de Turismo, known as a luxury hotel located in a historic building, and still preserves several elements from the original building. Next, stop in Orense's historic center, which holds importance in Galicia for its thermal baths. Walk through its cobbled streets and discover the secrets of its famous bridges. Finally, end the day with return transport to Santiago by around 6:30 PM.

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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.

  • Getting there

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

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +34
  • 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

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 2,108 reviews

This was a fun way to learn about the history of the town, ending with some traditional dishes and a magical drink. Met some cool people too. Would recommend if you’re looking for a night time walking tour with a slightly different perspective than the average tour.

What a wonderful day , wine tasting, waterfalls and all you can eat mussels and wine on a beautiful catamaran! Still enough time for a lovely oceanfront lunch with great recommendation from the guide! Galicia you are so beautiful!

The guide provided us with information on the walk and there was enough markers on the way to ensure it was a pleasant day. Very good tour if you wanted to experience the journey.

Perfect, wonderful English translation, pointed out many historic sites, made it doable for very elderly and novice peregrinos, mil gracias

Great trip which was excellent value for money including the boat trip with unlimited wine and mussels. I’d recommend it.