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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.

AddressRúa do Vilar, 1, Santiago de Compostela

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.

AddressPlaza de Abastos, Santiago de Compostela


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.

AddressRúa do Vilar 63, Santiago de Compostela

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.

AddressRúa de San Miguel 4, Santiago de Compostela
Phone+34 981 581 558
Opening hoursClosed on Mondays

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.

AddressAlameda Park, Santiago de Compostela

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.

AddressPraza do Obradoiro, Santiago de Compostela

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 Cathedral

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.

AddressPraza do Obradoiro, Santiago de Compostela
Phone+34 981 583 548

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.

AddressPlaza de San Martino, Santiago de Compostela
Opening hoursGuided tours from Tue-Thu at 10.30am

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.

AddressPlaza de Cervantes, Santiago de Compostela

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.

AddressRúa de Ramón del Valle Inclán, 2, Santiago de Compostela
Phone+34 981 54 66 19

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.

AddressMonte Gaiás, Santiago de Compostela
Phone+34 881 997 565

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.

AddressMonte do Gozo, Santiago de Compostela

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.

AddressRua de Valle Inclan 3, Santiago de Compostela
Phone+34 981 583 620
Opening hoursTue-Sat 10.30am-2pm and 4pm-7.30pm. Sundays and holidays 11am-2pm

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.