Santiago de Compostela - Do & See
This old city in the north east of Spain has a lot to offer. The 40,000 students that live here make the city what it is today, a lively and modern metropolis guaranteeing a youthful atmosphere among the antique city walls.
The Cathedral has one of the world’s biggest incense burners used at the pilgrim’s mass held most middays. 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.
The Food Market
This market is one of Santiago’s main places to buy fresh products. When walking among the stalls in the traditional food market you get a sense of the Galician gastronomy with fresh fish, seafood, fruits, flowers and cheeses. Thursdays and Saturdays are the main days.
Get lost in the maze of stone and take a guided tour of Compostela’s old streets and buildings. Audiowalks are the best way to discover the city at your own pace. Rent an MP3 player at the tourism office.
Museo Das Pergrinacións
The Pilgrimage Museum, Museo Das Pergrinacións, offers an insight into the city’s history. Here you can learn more about the city as it evolved over centuries as a consequence of the pilgrimages.
The Alameda Park
Located in the centre, the Alameda Park is one of the city’s oldest and most loved parks. Inside it, you will find monuments and some of the best views of the historic town centre offering an excellent photo opportunity of the Cathedral, rising over the city skyline.
The Tourist Train
Every day from Easter to September, a tourist train takes visitors from Praza do Obradoiro or from Avenida Xoán XXIII through the Old Town and the gardens and shows panoramic views of the monumental quarter and the Cathedral.
Organised Tours Out Of Town
Santiago de Compostela is surrounded by lush green nature, which is well worth a visit. If you do not want to wander out in the wilderness on your own, organised day tours are available from the tourist office.
The final destination of the Santiago pilgrims 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.
Monastery and Church of San Martiño Pinario
Just opposite the Cathedral you can find the hospederia, monastery, founded by the Benedictines. Enjoy the beautiful architecture and a cup of coffee afterwards in the small café.
Plaza de Cervantes
A nice place to stop by is the Plaza de Cervantes. This old square is very pretty and provides insight to life in Santiago de Compostela. In the busy square you can find shops and restaurants.
Galician Centre of Contemporary Art
At the Galician Centre of Contemporary Art you can enjoy various exhibitions. In the collection you can find artist like Moncho Amigo and Knut Asdam. The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions.
Cidade da Cultura de Galicia
Cidade da Cultura de Galicia is a hub of culture located in the heart of Santiago de Compostela. Here you can find different culture centres and museums, a great place for all culture vultures to visit.
Monte do Gozo
Just outside the city you can find Monte do Gozo and the famous monument at Monte do Gozo. From here you get a great view. This is where the pilgrims pass and get their first sight of the Cathedral.
Museo do Pobo Galego
If you want to learn more about the Galician people you should visit the Museo do Pobo Galego. Here you can find both permanent exhibitions and temporary exhibitions and activities.
Segway in Santiago de Compostela
If you have not tried a Segway tour before, trying one in Santiago de Compostela could be a good option. Going on a Segway tour is a great way to discover the city in a fun and adventurous way.