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Built around an iconic cathedral, Santiago de Compostela offers plenty to see. With tourism its major industry, visitors are more than catered to, and welcome to explore the capital of Galicia, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

This huge cathedral offers numerous Catholic services throughout the day, including an English mass at 10:30AM. The real showpiece is the midday Pilgrims' Mass. Arrive early.

Botafumeiro

Botafumeiro

This ornate thurible, in which incense is burned, is found in the library portion of the Cathedral. Suspended from the ceiling, it is only used during important services.

Plaza del Obradoiro

Plaza del Obradoiro

This vast square is the heart of Santiago de Compostela and is one of its main attractions. The buildings all hold particular history; join tours to understand their significance.

Casco Historico

Casco Historico

This is the Old City, and its name is no understatement. A visit to these cobbled streets is like a step back in time. Try getting a little lost - you never know you'll see!

Museo da Catedral

Museo da Catedral

Art and archeology date back to Roman times in this museum, where you can learn everything you need to know about the Cathedral. Entry is just 6€ per visitor.

Planning Your Santiago de Compostela Visit

Walk the pilgrims' path

Also known as the Camino de Santiago walk, or the Way of St. James, this pilgrimage can take a couple of weeks, or even months, although many complete it in stages. Any route between St. James and Santiago de Compostela Cathedral qualifies, but some routes are more popular, so do your research and make sure you are up to the challenge. Routes are marked throughout Spain, France and Portugal and hostels dot the way, making accommodation relatively simple.

Getting there

Fly into Santiago de Compostela Airport from around central Europe. Visitors from further afield may have to connect in London or Amsterdam.

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +34
  • Best time to visit
    April, May, June, and September are the best months to visit, especially if you plan to walk the pilgrims' path, because they are warm and dry, and everything is open.

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What people are saying about Santiago de Compostela

Rough start but ended up a wonderful trip!

Didn't make the best first impression as there was confusion at the starting point, some guests didn't have their printed ticket (patrons' fault, not the guide's), and one couple was on the wrong bus as there were two tours starting at the same starting point. However, the tour itself was wonderful. The first city was nice, old, lots of history but not really our "thing", the second and third stops were stunning- absolutely incredible, beautiful and memorable and definitely worth the day trip out of Santiago de Compostela. The tour bus was nice. The boat ride was really unique, and seeing the underwater mussels etc was so cool! I ate way more mussels than I expected to, and we had enough wine that folks were dancing on the boat. Bus ride home was comfortable, many people napped, overall a great experience I would recommend despite the rocky start.

Don't Go to the Cathedral and Museum WITHOUT a Guide

We are so glad we went to the Cathedral and Museum with a guide. Elena is a young lady, and she has a degree in Arts and History. I had asked her Major at the University because she knows so much about including the years of occurrence. Many pieces at the Museum wouldn't have meant much without her explanation. While she was taking the time to talk in front of many artifacts, we saw many people had just walked by, and I felt sorry for them missing such meaningful pieces. Ask questions, she will have the answers! Thanks, Elena, we had a wonderful experience.

An amazing insight into the history of Santiago.

Our guide Elena was excellent ,she had all the information we needed to know about the history of Santiago, Elena has a great sense of humour, and speaks english very well. I would recommend anybody travelling to Santiago to go on this guided tour, well worth the money. Thank you Elena

A guided tour through the cathedral and museum is a must.

We knew that the cathedral was under restoration and yet we were not disappointed thanks to our guide who did a good job, and the museum visit. However we should mention that the tour did not included a walk around the cathedral to learn and appreciate the symbolic facades.

Santiago de Compostela Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour Reviewed by ENRIQUE R., 06/05/2019

Really impressive day tour of a beautiful region.

The tour was well planned and timings worked well. The guide spoke great English and told us a lot of interesting facts about the region. The coach was spotlessly clean and very comfortable. I would recommend this tour and tour company without hesitation.