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Visit Santiago de Compostela

Explore this ancient city built around a shrine to one of the Twelve Apostles. It is packed with historical landmarks: museums, churches and a palace.

Santiago de Compostela is a Spanish city in the Galicia region built around a prominent shrine of Saint James the Great. The city has been an important Catholic pilgrimage route since the ninth century with many intriguing landmarks. Visit the historic center, now a UNESCO site.

Relax and enjoy a picnic in Alameda Park. Relish the calm atmosphere in the serene grounds with unobstructed views of the city’s landscape, which includes the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. Go to the old town to gaze up at the giant gothic structure, identified as the burial place of St. James the Great, one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. This is a popular pilgrimage site for Catholics. See the intricate façade bathed in light at night.

See the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral Museum inside the building. Peruse ancient artifacts, religious symbols, tapestries, rugs and furniture. The cathedral and museum sit on Obradoiro Square, a large plaza in the historic center. Here, you can find the Palacio de Rajoy, a wide 18th-century structure. It serves as the Town Hall and contains Galicia’s presidential quarters.

Spend several hours at the Museum of the Galician People to learn about the region’s culture, history, music, art, industry and archaeology.

Stroll down the Mercado de Abastos de Santiago (Santiago Supplies Market). Haggle with vendors over the price of fresh food products, including meat and fruit. Taste local cheese and fresh fish. Browse stalls of clothes and perfumes.

In the Plaza de la Quintana area, locate the San Martino Pinario Monastery. The buildings are now an educational institution.

This part of the country has hot, dry summers and mild, very wet winters with one of Spain’s highest winter rainfalls. The Galician language is still widely used in the city, although almost everyone understands Spanish.

Santiago de Compostela is located in northwest Spain, just north of Portugal. Learn about its rich history before crossing the border for additional Iberian adventures.

Top Hotels in Santiago de Compostela

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Parador de Santiago de Compostela
Parador de Santiago de Compostela
5 out of 5
CA $187
per night
Feb 17 - Feb 18

Located in Santiago de Compostela Historic Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from Xelmirez Bishop's Palace, Obradoiro Square and Santiago de Compostela ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (602 reviews)

"Next to the cathedral. Very convenient location. Room and bathroom are very spacious :)"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 1, 2020

Parador de Santiago de Compostela
NH Collection Santiago de Compostela
NH Collection Santiago de Compostela
5 out of 5
CA $91
per night
Feb 16 - Feb 17

Located in the heart of Santiago de Compostela, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Santiago de Compostela, Obradoiro Square and Santiago ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (543 reviews)

"It is an excellent property near to the cathedral and civic center. Price quality outstanding and superb service."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 2, 2019

NH Collection Santiago de Compostela
Compostela Hotel
Compostela Hotel
4 out of 5
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
CA $91
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

Located in Santiago de Compostela Historic Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Alameda Park, University of Santiago de Compostela and Sacred Art ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (608 reviews)

"Hotel staff was very accommodating as I was having issues with the heat in my room and they took me to several rooms to make sure I was comfortable heat wise."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 6, 2020

Compostela Hotel

Popular things to do in Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela Cathedral
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Santiago de Compostela Cathedral

4.5/5(36 reviews)

An important site of pilgrimage, this historic cathedral is considered to be one of Spain’s most extraordinary examples of Romanesque architecture. 

Obradoiro Square
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Obradoiro Square

4.5/5(21 reviews)

See some of the city’s most impressive architectural achievements in this handsome public square. 

Alameda Park
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Alameda Park

4.5/5(15 reviews)

Join the locals for an afternoon stroll in this popular city park, the site of interesting monuments and frequent cultural events. 

San Martino Pinario Monastery
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San Martino Pinario Monastery

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Look inside this lovely Baroque monastery, which is home to a collection of valuable paintings, sacred objects and gold works. 

Mercado de Abastos de Santiago
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Mercado de Abastos de Santiago

4.5/5(10 reviews)

Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of Santiago de Compostela at this exciting market. 

Plaza de la Quintana
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Plaza de la Quintana

4.5/5(10 reviews)

Santiago de Compostela’s second-largest square is an intriguing place to stop for a coffee and watch people of the city go about their daily activities. 

Top activities in Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela Tour from Porto
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Santiago de Compostela Tour from Porto

CA $91

A spiritual Tour, visiting one of the must historical place on Iberian Peninsula.Visit the oldest cathedral of Spain.Feel the emotion of a pilgrim arrival.Get a free time to your personal religious activities. Returning to Porto/Portugal, will stop on Viana do Castelo.

Santiago de Compostela & Viana do Castelo Full-Day Tour
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Santiago de Compostela & Viana do Castelo Full-Day Tour

CA $160

Experience an authentic Catholic pilgrimage at Santiago de Compostela—one of the most important places in all of Catholicism. Tour the famous Cathedral and reveal the history of this World Heritage City, then stop at the city of Viana do Castelo to bask in the serenity of its nature and traditions.

Santiago de Compostela and Viana do Castelo from Porto
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Santiago de Compostela and Viana do Castelo from Porto

CA $152

The capital of Galicia is the 3rd biggest pilgramage site of the world, visited by more than 250.000 pilgrims a year. The beautiful cathedral dates back to the 11th century and the Ways of Santiago are world heritage site by Unesco.

Santiago de Compostela and Valença do Minho - Shared Group
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Santiago de Compostela and Valença do Minho - Shared Group

CA $138

Start your day in our vehicle with our tour guide taking your to an incredible cultural experience! Be amazed by the well preserved religious city, one of the three most important pilgrimage cities in the world.

Santiago de Compostela and Valença - Full Day - Private
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Santiago de Compostela and Valença - Full Day - Private

CA $128

In an exclusive tour get to know one of the three Sacred Cities of the World! After the pick up at your accommodation we follow to Santiago de Compostela, a Spanish city with a lot Portuguese influence.

Private Arrival or Departure Transfer: Santiago de Compostela Airport
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Private Arrival or Departure Transfer: Santiago de Compostela Airport

CA $18

Just as you arrive to Santiago de Compostela Airport, your driver will greet you with a name plate and transfer to your hotel in the city. This is a private transfer which means that you will not share a car with anyone apart from your booking.

Reviews of Santiago de Compostela

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 23, 2019

They need public washrooms and garbage and recycle cans

5/5 - Excellent

Denise

Aug 14, 2019

Beautiful town. Amazingly rich with history.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jul 17, 2019

Enjoyed our stay. Historic churches and quaint sidewalk cafes. If you have time, take the 30 minute train ride to A Coruna. Beautuful seaside city to spend a day and overnight.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 28, 2019

A great end point for the Camino journey experience.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 18, 2019

Nicely organized hotel and of good value for Euro's charged. Two things would enhance the rooms - brighter light bulbs and larger beds. The bed frame was bigger than the bed and too small for 2 people! Inn keeper-go that extra cm and do it right!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 9, 2019

This city is doable in a day unless you want to visit the museums, galleries and all the cathedrals and monasteries. And even at that you could do it all in a day and a half. May 2019 the cathedral was undergoing major restoration.