The final destination of the pilgrims travelling the Camino de Santiago 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 in the region, and it's not hard to see why.
The Pilgrimage Museum (Museu das Pergrinacións) offers great insights into the city’s fascinating history. The initial building was known as the "Gothic House", but it was modernised in the XX century. The meticulous exhibits detail how the city has evolved over the centuries as a consequence of the pilgrimages.
Parque de la Alameda is one of the city’s oldest and most beloved parks. Within, you can find plenty of relaxing green spaces, beautiful 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.
Just opposite the Cathedral you can find the' hospederia', a 16th century monastery founded by the Benedictines. It is possible to stay at the monastery, or simply enjoy the beautiful architecture, and if you happen to be visiting between Tuesday and Thursday, be sure to join one of the guided tours.
The City of Culture of Galicia is a hub of culture located to the southeast of Santiago de Compostela where you can find numerous stages, exhibits and museums with ever-changing shows, performances and displays of the best of contemporary art and culture in Galicia.
Just outside the city lies Monte do Gozo, the place where pilgrims could first catch a glimpse of their final destination, the spires of the Cathedral. Needless to stay, the views of the city from up here are remarkable, and the significance of the hill makes it an important visit in Santiago.
A Curtidoria serves top-notch fine dining at reasonable prices, showcasing some of the region's best cuisine and wine culture, as well as international and fusion dishes to match any taste, catering even to vegetarians. At only 100 metres from the cathedral, rice is the protagonist of this restaurant offering the best use of Galician products.
La Tagliatella has been serving authentic, high quality Italian cuisine in the Santiago area for over 20 years. The menu includes fresh pastas and salads, crispy pizzas and calzoni, and juicy steaks, among many other options. And if you want to enjoy the city after dinner, don't forget that it is located 10 minutes walk from the Cathedral.
China Ming has over 30 years of experience of serving fresh and authentic Cantonese food, including spring rolls, noodle soup and grilled prawns, using locally sourced produce. It is especially popular among families and students, probably because it offers the traditional dishes of the Asiatic cuisine, but also new meals to enjoy.
If you are looking for a peaceful and elegant place to enjoy a good meal, Restaurante San Jaime is hard to beat. With a big cafeteria, a stunning terrace, the costumers can enjoy their means in a very unique atmosphere. The view of the Cathedral is breath-taking, and the menu delightfully varied, focusing mainly on seafood and meat.
O Dezaseis is one of Santiago's foremost exponents of traditional Galician cuisine, famous for their superb polbo á grella (grilled octopus). The restaurant's setting is memorable, in a cellar with stone walls, beams and old farm gear decorating the intimate space.
A good rule of thumb to find the best food in a new city is to find the place most enjoyed by locals. Maria Castaña is that place in Santiago. Closed to the Cathedra, this restaurant will offer you the best octopus prunes and fish on the market, together with a very professional service.
This café, being part of the hotel by the same name, also welcomes non-guests for a relaxing break. Here you can sit down in a beautiful garden surrounded with pleasant views and enjoy a hot cup of coffee and a light snack, a cup of coffee, a cup of cappuccino, a cup of latte and so much more.
The appropriately named Café Casino is housed in a former casino whose story dates back to 1873. Since 200 Café Casino represents a public environment, offering an elegant and extremely popular place that serves high-quality coffee and small snacks and desserts, together with a cultural space dedicated to music with a big piano that guests can play.
Cre Cottê is a fantastic creperie and restaurant located on historic Praza da Quintana in a centuries-old building, complete with stone arches, monumental fireplaces and lots of charisma. Besides sweet and savory crepes, they also offer other meals, such as pasta and meat, as well as a good selection of wines.
Café Tertulia boasts pleasant indoor and outdoor seating, with a lovely street-side terrace, perfect for people watching and a hot cup of coffee or an evening cocktail. If you are a coffee person, you cannot miss the unique mix coffee + croissant served in this cosy place. Food is exceptional as well.
Something of a hidden gem, Pub Modus Vivendi is easy to miss, but worth looking for. Situated in the stables of an XVIII century country house, the atmosphere is very much alive, featuring frequent live music and DJ's. From coffees, teas, infuses, mojitos, fresh beers to special liqueurs, you will find everything you wish.
This bar is an absolute must if you want to admire the passage of several generations in it. Opened in 1971, La Borriquita De Belém offers sweet mojitos, caipirinhas and Andalusian wines to sip while enjoying live jazz and Bossa Nova. Some nights there are flamenco performances to heighten the mood even more.
Although it's worth visiting any time of year, summertime is when Pub Momo is at its best, thanks to its beautiful garden terrace, a unique space in the city centre that offers unequalled views. The bar has different areas and ambiences and serves some of the best cocktails in town.
The numerous stalls in the traditional food market of Santiago offer a real taste of Galician gastronomy, with fresh produce, seafood, flowers, cheese and much more. Most products come from local producers, and have been supplying homes and restaurants int he area since 1873.
Important streets, such as Rosalía de Castro, Fernando III el Santo, República Arxentina, A Rosa and Santiago de Chile, offer a very attractive shopping range. You can walk around shops of international brands, prestigious Spanish franchises, Galician fashion, food shops and gift shops, just to mention a few.
Spain’s department store colossus successfully performs the main task of the department store, which is to offer most things to most people. Here you find designer fashion, their own low and medium-priced lines, enormous perfumery and make-up departments, leather goods in all price ranges, toys, children’s clothes, art materials, food and delicatessen, home furnishing devices and garden furniture.
Whether you are searching for a new flowered dress, a coloured t-shirt or a new pair of trandy jeans, Mango offers everything from sleek work-wear to fabulous cocktail dresses, all at reasonable prices. Match your new outfit with the perfect pair of shoes and accessories, also on offer here.
The aim of this amazing store is to highlight the value of handcraft, design and manufacture: every item is created by mixing the techniques and the material of the past and the original ideas of modernity, so that even the shortest experience in this store will be unforgettable.
Since 2012 Secretos de Galicia offers the best food in the markets of Galicia and Spain. This store provides a huge variety of products which will let you understand the special flavours and colours of this beautiful country, supporting the homemade products and providing the clients the best gourmet experience ever.
The best period to visit Santiago de Compostela is during the summer, especially from June to August, when it is sunny and warm during the day and quiet cool at night, and the beginning of September whee temperatures are more temperate and the tourist crowds have dissipated.
Santiago de Compostela Airport (SCQ) is located about 10 kilometres northeast of the city. There are taxis available just outside the terminal, and the ride to the city centre takes approximately 15-20 minutes. You can also take a bus to the central bus station in Santiago. The bus operates from 07.00 to 23.30 with departures every half an hour.
The historic city centre of Santiago de Compostela is small and most areas are closed to traffic. A good pair of shoes is therefore best for moving around in the historic town centre. There is also an extensive network of buses in Santiago de Compostela that can connect you to areas further afield. You can buy a single bus ticket, but it is cheaper in the long run to buy a travel card with 10, 20 or 30 trips.
Farmacia Valdés Cabo is currently run by the second generation of the Valdés family: founded in 1924, it became a strong point of reference for the locals but also for the tourists in Santiago. Here you will be able to take fast control of glucose, cholesterol and many other blood parameters seven days a week.