Santiago de Compostela




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Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela has been a centre for culture and scholarship for centuries, most famous for being the end destination of a thousand-year-old pilgrimage: El Camino de Santiago, or the Way of Saint James. Being the capital of the Galician region in north-western Spain, everyday life in Santiago is modern and chic. Awarded recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage City in 1985, Santiago de Compostela is a historical gem and one of the most impressive cities in Spain.

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Catedral de Santiago de Compostela
Praza do Obradoiro, Santiago de Compostela

The final destination for pilgrims travelling the Camino de Santiago is the Cathedral, with the tomb said to contain the remains of the apostle James. This beautiful Cathedral is one of the most famous landmarks in the region, and for good reason.

Praza do Obradoiro, Santiago de Compostela

The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela has one of the world’s biggest incense burners, used at the pilgrim’s mass held most days at noon. Priests tie the "botafumeiro" censer to ropes at the end of the mass and lift it all the way up to the ceiling with burning incense.

O Curro da Parra
Rúa Travesa 20, Santiago de Compostela

O Curro da Parra is one of the best traditional restaurants in Santiago. The menu features Galician specialities, which means that seafood features prominently, as well as tapas and smaller meals and a perfectly chosen wine list.

A Curtidoria
Rúa da Congo 2/3, Santiago de Compostela

A Curtidoria serves top-notch fine dining at reasonable prices, showcasing some of the region's best cuisine and wine culture, as well as international and fusion dishes to match any taste, catering even to vegetarians. At only 100 metres from the cathedral, rice is the protagonist of this restaurant offering the best use of Galician products.

Santiago Food Market
Praza de Abastos, Torre Central Baixo, Santiago de Compostela

The numerous stalls in the traditional food market of Santiago offer a real taste of Galician gastronomy, with fresh produce, seafood, flowers, cheese and much more. Most products come from local producers, and have been supplying homes and restaurants int he area since 1873.

The Old Town

The Old Town is full of shops of all kinds. The streets or ’rúas’ Nova, Vilar, San Pedro, Caldeirería, Preguntoiro and the squares Toural and Cervantes, along with the ones surrounding the cathedral, are the main shopping areas in the Old Town.

Passport / Visa

Spain can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.

Best Time to Visit

The best period to visit Santiago de Compostela is during the summer, especially from June to August, when it is sunny and warm during the day and quiet cool at night, and the beginning of September whee temperatures are more temperate and the tourist crowds have dissipated.

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