Galicia Churches & cathedrals

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Santiago de Compostela: Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour

1. Santiago de Compostela: Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour

Skip the line and discover the Romanesque architecture of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela with a guide. Explore the Cathedral and its museum and see the last stop on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. Admire the beautiful interiors of the cathedral on 4 floors and learn about the construction and destruction of the cathedral throughout the centuries. See notable features of the cathedral, such as the Chapel of Relics, the Royal Pantheon, the Treasury, the Chapter Library, the Botafumeiro, and the Obradoiro balcony.

Santiago de Compostela Full-Day Tour From Porto

2. Santiago de Compostela Full-Day Tour From Porto

Discover 2 charming southern Europe on a full-day sightseeing tour from Porto. Cross the border into Spain to explore the pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia and stop to see Valença do Minho on the way back to Porto.  Board a comfortable van or bus and embark on a journey to one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in the world, Santiago. See the Caminhos de Santiago (St. James Way) pilgrim trail and visit a magnificent 11th-centuty cathedral. Admire the architecture that was originally built in a Romanesque style, today the cathedral is an amalgam of harmonious influences. Have the opportunity to attend mass and enjoy free time to go for a stroll in the UNESCO World Heritage city center. Begin the drive back to Porto, stopping at Valença do Minho, a historical village in the north of Portugal, located right on the border between Portugal and Spain. Valença was important during the middle ages and it was part of "Caminhos de Santiago".  See how the city is dominated by a fortress of two towers and a double wall before returning to your meeting point in Porto. 

Santiago de Compostela Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour

3. Santiago de Compostela Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour

Explore the history and art of Santiago de Compostela on a guided tour of the cathedral and its museum. One of the 3 most important centers for Catholic pilgrims in the Christian world, Santiago de Compostela Cathedral has historically been a place of pilgrimage on the "Way of St. James" (Camino de Santiago) since the early Middle Ages. Enter the magnificent monument to discover why, as your guide takes you to see the tomb of Saint James and much more. Look at the resplendent main altar and the intricate chapels surrounding it, and learn about the rituals and traditions. Hear about the historical and architectural importance of the cathedral, and further your knowledge in the museum where permanent collections are complemented by temporary exhibitions.

Lugo: Cathedral of Santa Maria Entry Ticket and Audio Guide

4. Lugo: Cathedral of Santa Maria Entry Ticket and Audio Guide

Get an entry ticket to visit the UNESCO-listed Cathedral of Santa Maria in Lugo, better known as the Lugo Cathedral. Admire the impressive architectural structure and hear about the historical and cultural significance of this site with a free audio guide. Learn about the cathedral's history dating all the way back to late Roman times when a temple was built after the evangelization of the city. Though no trace of that original church remains, the current structure can be traced back to the 12th century. Work continued on the cathedral over centuries, resulting in the building's unique blend of architectural styles, ranging from the Romanesque north door to the Neoclassical west façade. Head inside to discover the longest and narrowest floor plan of any Hispanic cathedral and marvel at the lavish Churrigueresque altar surrounded by stained glass windows. Make sure to visit the Cathedral Museum, which is included in your entry ticket. View the museum's fascinating archaeological exhibition and extensive art collection, which includes works by Cornielles de Holanda, Joannes de Boloña, and many other artists.

Santiago: Cathedral, Museum and City Walking Tour

5. Santiago: Cathedral, Museum and City Walking Tour

Experience everything Santiago has to offer on this combination guided walking tour. Explore the historic center, learn about the city's fascinating history, and visit the iconic Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. Begin your tour of Santiago with a guided tour of the city center. From Praza do Obradoiro, follow your guide throughout the city, seeing the top sights and learning about the area's fascinating history. Enjoy a short break and the second part of the tour will begin, visiting the Cathedral Museum and the interior of the Santiago Cathedral. Learn about its Romanesque past and see works of art dating from the 13th century. Underneath the cathedral, see archeological excavations of an ancient Roman city.

Lugo: Guided City Walking Tour with Saint Mary's Cathedral

6. Lugo: Guided City Walking Tour with Saint Mary's Cathedral

Embark on a guided city walking tour of Lugo. Explore the most important sites, such as Saint Mary's Cathedral and the City Walls, and hear the history behind each turn from your guide. Meet your guide at Praza Maior, Lugo's main city square. From here, set off toward Saint Mary's Cathedral, an impressive religious building dating back to the 12th century. Step inside and admire the different architectural styles representing its long history, from Romanesque to Neoclassical. Visit the chapels dedicated to San Froilán and the Virgin with Big Eyes, the patron saints of Lugo. Continue to Lugo's Roman walls, the only city in the world completely surrounded by intact Roman walls. Walk alongside this UNESCO World Heritage Site while learning about the history of Lucus Augusti, the ancient settlement that became modern Lugo. Next, arrive at Museo Provincial, Lugo's city museum. Marvel at the extensive collection of archaeological artifacts, religious objects, and local artwork preserved in this Gothic-style building that was formerly a convent dedicated to Saint Francis. Wander over to the House of Mosaics, home to the remains of a villa of a noble Roman family. Inside, see the magnificent mosaics and get a feel for how the wealthiest and most powerful people lived during Antiquity. Visit the Domus Do Mitreo Museum, built on the archaeological remains of an ancient Roman temple. Delve into Lugo's Roman past beyond its famous walls. Finally, arrive at Lugo's old prison, now a cultural center located just five minutes from Praza Maior, where your tour will end.

Santiago de Compostela: Cathedral & Museum Private Tour

7. Santiago de Compostela: Cathedral & Museum Private Tour

Uncover the art inside the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela on this guided tour. See religious iconography and the reputed burial place of the apostle Saint James. Visit the library where the Codex Calixtinus (the main witness for the Book of Saint James) is held.  Meet your guide and begin at the ground floor of the Cathedral's Museum which has four rooms where you can see the remains that were found in different archaeological excavations. View a map to determine what was standing on this site before the Cathedral.  Admire the spectacular stone choir of Master Mateo and various examples of religious iconography such as busts, statues or wooden carvings. See depictions of both of the Apostle Santiago in his three versions (pilgrim, soldier, and saint). Listen as your guide tells you about each version and hear about different biblical characters. Upon reaching the second floor, will leave the cloister to focus on the library where the famous Codex Calixtinus is kept.  Arrive at the third a floors which is dedicated to different tapestries from both the Flanders school, as well as the so-called Goya Tapestries made in the Royal Tapestry Factory of Madrid. Head to the the balcony for views from above the Plaza do Obradoiro. Afterwards go back to the second floor to visit the cloister and access the Cathedral without having to wait in line.  Enter the temple to enjoy its different chapels. Follow your guide to the main altar, the holy door, and see what is said to be the tomb of the apostle Saint James. 

From Porto: Santiago de Compostela Cathedral Private Tour

8. From Porto: Santiago de Compostela Cathedral Private Tour

After a pick-up from your hotel in Porto, meet your private guide and sit aboard a comfortable vehicle. With exclusivity and complete privacy, go to the north of Portugal through the north of Portugal to Galicia. Enjoy the impressive views of the Minho region with a break mid-way in historic Valença do Minho. Arriving in Santiago de Compostela, let yourself be enveloped by a unique atmosphere as you tour the historic center and visit the Cathedral.

From Porto: Santiago de Compostela Full Day Tour

9. From Porto: Santiago de Compostela Full Day Tour

Depart immediately for Santiago de Compostela. At 11:00 AM you will experience the famous Pilgrim Mass. This special mass is held each day to recognize the pilgrims who have travelled along the Way of St. James to arrive at Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. You will have the chance to be a part of a historical ceremony that has been taking place since the 9th Century. At the beginning of the mass it is traditional for the home country and starting point of all the pilgrims to be announced. Following the mass you will get a chance to learn more about the historic Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela which is dedicated to St James, one of Jesus’ apostles, and is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site.

Lugo: St. Mary's Cathedral Guided Tour "Walk in the clouds"

10. Lugo: St. Mary's Cathedral Guided Tour "Walk in the clouds"

Take a comprehensive tour through St. Mary's Cathedral in Lugo with a guide. See the main church, the cloister, the museum, the triforium, and the roofs, while learning about the 2000-year-old history and significance of the building. Start by stepping into the architectural grandeur of the main church, and walk around the Cathedral while your guide tells you about the building's medieval history and its Romanesque architecture. Next, wander through the cloister and courtyard with their Baroque stylings, before walking through the triforium, the church's upper-level walkway. Stop for a tour through the art and artifacts housed in the Cathedral's museum, and end with the so-called "Cloud Walk" on the rooftop. Here, you can admire 360-degree views of Lugo from above.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 124 reviews

Great guide. Spoke English well and told us where to get the Tarte De Santiago from the nuns at the monastery, which has to be the best . Also best café con leche with omelette tapas for €1.20. This is the third Camino I’ve done and learnt more from the guide (Diego) than just reading up on the Santiago de Compostela sites

If you arrive in time for the noon Mass, please consider attending. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to be in a church full of pilgrims and the faithful. In addition, we experienced the swinging incense pendulum at the end which was a sight to behold.

The guide Manoel was very kind to us. We were a group of Brazilians and he told us not only about the history of the way but also about Spain. A wonderful tour. I highly recommend!

The best guide ever. We spoke about history , religion , cilinary experience , wine , geography, etc. If the Compostela has a 9 , the guide + Compostela = 10+ 100% guaranteed...

Diego was so knowledgeable about Santiago de compostela and humorous with it. A true professional. Well done. Thank you.