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Santiago de Compostela

Visit Santiago de Compostela


Santiago de Compostela is the capital of Galicia and a focal point for holidays in North West Spain. It's easily one of the country's most magnificent cities, home to the shrine of St James the Apostle, the patron saint of Spain. Its grand 11th century Roman Catholic cathedral, with its iconic grey granite towers, marks the end of the Way of St. James pilgrimage, or the Camino de Santiago as it's known in Spanish.

This fabled pilgrimage route has been traversed since medieval times and puts Santiago de Compostela in the same bracket as Jerusalem and Rome as one of Christianity's most important places. Pilgrims still arrive at Santiago de Compostela in some numbers and are joined by travellers who come to see the city's beautiful old town, a superbly preserved UNESCO World Heritage site. The old town, the zona monumental, may be small but it's lined with impressive statues, grand stone mansions, open squares and the main attraction, the Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela.

Top itineraries in Santiago de Compostela

Walking the Camino de Santiago‬

9-day escorted walk from £1,195 pp incl. flights

Led by an expert guide, this small group tour will see you stay in charming villages as you hike ‘The Way of St. James’. Passing through delightfully rural scenery, you’ll uncover the region’s fascinating past and unique cuisine.

Camino de Santiago Self-Drive

9-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,110 pp incl. flights

Discover the Way of St James, a centuries-old pilgrimage route between León and Santiago de Compostela in beautiful northern Spain. Staying at a collection of Parador hotels, from monasteries to converted castles, you'll call in to pretty coastal towns and some of the region's famed wineries.

Northern Spain self-drive

9-day tailor-made self-drive from £900 pp incl. flights

Discover ancient kingdoms, spectacular seascapes and lofty mountains on this wonderful route through northern Spain - a world away from the crowded 'costas' of the south.

El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo‬

8-day tailor-made rail journey from £0 pp incl. flights

Travelling aboard one of Spain’s most luxurious trains, you’ll enjoy gourmet dining and cocktail evenings as you travel the coastal route between San Sebastián’s golden beaches and Santiago’s medieval wonders.

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Top places to stay in Santiago de Compostela

A Quinta da Auga, Santiago de Compostela

Historic hotel

This is Relais & Châteaux at its relaxing best, featuring a superb spa, luxuriously appointed rooms and a delightful fine dining restaurant.

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