Santiago de Compostela
Wonderful Santiago de Compostela
All Camino de Santiago routes take you to Santiago de Compostela, St James of the Field of Stars, the capital of Galicia and a pilgrimage destination for many centuries.
Pilgrims from all over the world have travelled to Santiago since the 10th century to atone for their sins and visit the tomb of St James, allegedly buried in Santiago’s magnificent cathedral.
Santiago de Compostela is a pocket-size city full of charm and character. Its stunning UNESCO-listed Old Town has a lively atmosphere, both by day and at night! Santiago is also an important University town, with many students settling in the city for the school year. It is one of the oldest universities in Europe (established in 1495) and you will find some of the University buildings in the Old Town.
There is plenty to do, see and taste in Santiago de Compostela; after visiting the cathedral and getting your Compostela certificate at the Pilgrims Office, take time to explore this wonderful historic city:
- Going for a stroll in the Alameda Park
- Getting a picture taken with As Marias
- Checking out the local produce in the popular Abastos food market
- Relaxing in peaceful Bonaval Park
- Tasting pinchos along the Rua do Franco
- Learning about the locals at the Museum of Galician People
- Sampling octopus, Galician style
- Visiting the Pilgrimage Museum
… are some of the activities not to be missed while in Santiago!
- 10 things to do in Santiago de Compostela
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- Insiders guide to Santiago de Compostela
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