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Guide of Santiago de Compostela

Getting to know Santiago, capital of the autonomous region of Galicia, is to get to know a city declared World Heritage site in which all cultures since the Middle Ages, Romanesque, Baroque, to the present have left their legacy and history. For centuries, thousands of pilgrims venture to make the Way of St. James and conclude their pilgrimage in this city to see the Apostle St. James. These pilgrims mingle with tourists, students of the University of more than 500 years, and the local people that will always captivate you with their hospitable character. Santiago of Compostela is a city full of fascinating places with a captivating old town that is always alive regardless of the day or the season.

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 How to get there

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The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is the most important Romanesque art building in Spain. It is also the end of all ways of St. James that for centuries have been traveled by thousands of pilgrims visiting the tomb of St. James. Do not miss enjoying the exterior façades analyzing all the details including “El Pórtico de la Gloria”.  Inside do not forget to order your desire, give a hug to the Saint and admire the botafumeiro censer.

Plaza Obradoiro ( Obradoiro Squire)

This Baroque style square is next to the cathedral and is the heart of Santiago de Compostela. This is a must-see visit. If you have enough time, we recommend to you sitting there for a while and observe the cathedral and buildings around it. You can breathe its mysterious atmosphere, and listen to music or songs from local artists while the pilgrims are telling their adventures and stories. To contemplate the magnitude of the Cathedral lie down in the center of the square with the head toward the cathedral, this is a view worth it.

Mercado de Abastos ( Food Market)

It is worth visiting the stalls and appreciate the tradition and gastronomic variety of Galicia. In a traditional environment the farmers go to the market every day to offer the products of their own gardens or cheese made by them. You can also buy the freshest seafood of Galicia brought on the day from the fish market. Once you finish the tour to relax and recharge yourself we recommend that you grab a snack in the nearby bars.

Parque de La Alameda( Alameda Park)

We recommend this centrally located park as it is the favorite place of Santiago’s residents and students to walk the good weather days. Do not miss the Monte Pio viewpoint.


Pazo de Raxoi, Pazo Xelmírez,  Covent of Santa Clara,  Fontseca school, Faculty of Geography and History, Convent and church of San Francisco


In the center of Santiago de Compostela there are many shops where you can buy all sorts of products; jewelry stores, bookstores, gourmet shops, clothing, gifts, etc…
Leaving the old town of Santiago from Plaza de Galicia you will find the area known as “new area “or “Ensanche”. Among several streets you will find Galician fashion store, shoe stores, large companies, and Spanish and International franchises.
A bit far from downtown but near the entrance to the Way of St James is the shopping center "Central Area". To get there you can take the bus line 11. Also on the outskirts of the city is the shopping center "El Corte Inglés" well known in Spain. This is accessible with bus line number 6. Bus stops for both lines are located in the Plaza de Galicia.
Finally we recommend if you want to buy the traditional “queso de tetilla” do so in the Food Market.


You will love the rich and varied Galician gastronomy as well as the value for money. Be sure to try their tapas or portions for example of assorted sausages, "Pulpo a Feira", “lacón”,cockles, mussels, razor clams and turnips. Also, is well known its delicious meat and fish. Depending on the season you can also enjoy typical dishes like “Padrón” peppers, or “zorza”( marinated pork). This can be served with any Galician wine such as Albariño or Ribeiro and end with a good slice of “Tarta de Santiago” and a shot of herbal or coffee liqueur.


In Santiago can be distinguished the old town area and the new town (Ensanche) for a night out. Whether you want to go for a walk, going out for tapas or finish late in both areas you will find many sites with all kinds of music. The places are scattered across several streets in both areas so we suggest going and trying different places.

Our tip

• Always carry an umbrella or jacket even if it's summer, you may  need it.
• If you have time be sure to explore the outskirts of Santiago, parks and churches that are not in the center will surprise you.
• When you order a drink in most places they also serve a small "tapa", be careful what you ask for dinner, the portions are very large.
• If you have the chance, talk to the people of Galicia. You will be amazed by their kind character.
• Avoid sleeping in rooms of private houses that are offered on the streets. These are illegal; do not pay their taxes and not conducive to local development.

How to get there

By plane

Santiago de Compostela Airport is at 10 kilometers, in Lavacolla. Approximate driving time is 15 minutes.

There is a regular bus service every half an hour with several stops in Santiago De Compostela; bus Station, Avenida Lugo, Dr. Teixera, and San Lázaro. From 00:30 to 06:00H there is no bus service from the airport to Santiago de Compostela.

More information: www.empresafreire.com

The cost of a taxi is around 20 Euros

By train

The only train station in Santiago de Compostela is in C / Horreo, S / N. From this station there are frequent trains to France, regional trains to other parts of Galicia and other destinations in Spain.

By bus

The bus station in Santiago de Compostela is in C / San Caetano, s / n. From here, there are regular long-haul routes to many destinations in Europe, most destinations in Galicia and Spain, and city buses to move within the city.

Useful information


Spanish and Galician


With a maritime climate, winters are cold but with no extreme temperatures while summers are warm. The average temperature is 15 º. Rainfall is concentrated in winter and so variable in spring and autumn. It is advisable to wear a raincoat or umbrella.

Weather in in Santiago de Compostela

Public Holidays

In Spain

1 and 6 January
Good Friday
19 March
1 May
15 August
12 October
1 November
6, 8 and 25 December

In Galicia

25 July (St. James' Day and Galicia's National Day),)
17 May (Day of Galician Letters)
Ascension Thursday
16 August (St. Roque's Day)

Tourist Offices

Santiago Tourist Office
Rúa do Vilar, 63
Tel: (+34) 981 555 129
Open all year
Winter: all days, Mo-Fr. 9-19 / Sat, Sun, holidays, 9 am-2 pm, 4-7 pm
Easter and high season: all days, 9 am-9 pm.

Galicia Tourist Office
Rúa do Vilar, 30-32
Tel: (+34) 981 584 081
Open all year
Mo-Fr: 10-20 h. Sa: 11 am-2 pm, 5-7 pm. Sun and holidays: 11 am-2 pm

Pilgrim Information Office – Xacobeo
Rúa do Vilar, 30-32
Tel: 902 33 2010
Open all year
Mp-Fr: 10-20 h. Sa: 11 am-2 pm, 5-7 pm. Sun and holidays: 11 am-2 pm.

Post Office

Office in Travesía de Fonseca
Monday to Friday:  8:30 – 20:30 h. Saturdays: 9:30 – 14 h
More information: www.correos.es

Opening Hours
From Monday to Friday:  8.30 am – 8. 30 pm.
Saturday: 9.30 am – 2 pm

Emergency Telephone Numbers

General emergencies (24 h.): 112
Fire Brigade: 080
Civil Guard: 062
Forest Fires: 085
Local Police: 092
National Police: 091

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