Santiago de Compostela Holiday Guide

Santiago de Compostela Travel Information

The capital of Galicia in northwest Spain is a hotspot for pilgrims worldwide. The popular Way of St James Pilgrimage is travelled by thousands every year, while tourists come to discover the picturesque natural surroundings and enjoy the friendly atmosphere.

The Way of St James incorporates many routes, but all lead to Santiago de Compostela. Pilgrims covering the route can collect stamps at each town passed in a 'passport' in order to claim a compostela, or certificate, when they reach Santiago de Compostela.

The last destination on the pilgrimage is the awe-inspiring Santiago Cathedral, the burial place of St James. The 12th century granite structure is bordered by two medieval towers and Baroque fa├žades.

Strolling through the plazas and winding pathways of the city offers a unique lesson in its history. The 15th century University of Santiago de Compostela is one of the world's oldest universities. Originally created to give the poor an educational opportunity, it now houses over 42,000 students and offers a wide range of courses.

Santiago de Compostela Tourist Attractions

Santiago de Compestela is renowned for its fresh seafood and many fine restaurants. It has a good chioce of nightclubs and bars with lively entertainment.

Nearby are treasure troves of discovery. Most noteworthy sites are along the pilgrimage routes including La Coruntilda;a and its 2,000-year-old Roman lighthouse overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The Tower of Hercules is still in operation today and is the oldest in the world.

Transport Around Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compestela Airport is just six miles from the city. International flights are available daily and flights from Madrid are frequent. Shuttles and taxis are readily on hand to transport passengers into the city. Car rentals can be reserved before arrival or arrangements can be made at the airport. It is advisable to get travel insurance before leaving for your vacation. In the event of an accident or illness, you and your family can rest easier knowing you are protected.