Santiago de Compostela

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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.

  • Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

    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.

  • Botafumeiro

    2. Botafumeiro

    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.

  • Plaza del Obradoiro

    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.

  • Casco Historico

    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!

  • Museo da Catedral

    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.

  • 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 1,757 reviews

The walk is fine, you can see several points of interest in a short period of time that otherwise you will also miss them. The Guide, Ana, who accompanied us was at all times attentive to our questions and with kindness she taught us things that arose at the time of the trip

Some lovely stops included on the Costa de Morte, could have done with slightly less time at Finisterre and more time in Muxia as I felt I could have explored more there and it was quieter then finisterre

The boat ride was the highlight of the trip. Lots of mussels and wine. The tour guides were great. It was a wonderful trip.

A trip that deserves to be made, to get to know better the landscape and the stories and history associated with them.

Meri was very informative,not a moment wasted. Tour made the visit to the city much more interesting and meaningful.