SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Santiago de Compostela in Galicia is the final stop of the epic Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail, or the Way of St. James, in English. Santiago de Compostela has been a World Heritage Site since 1985; the city attracted visitors and pilgrims worldwide.
Of course, you must visit the famous Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, an impressive example of baroque architecture. But the whole historic quarter is among the most elegant in Spain, with landmark palaces, impressive churches and graceful monasteries.
You will be able to discover the many treasures of the city in one of the sixteen museums. Culture is alive in the city with music, cinema and theatre festivals. You will find there is a permanent celebration in the city. A must-see highlight is the Apostle Festival.
Make sure to enjoy the Galician seafood and local wines in the restaurants and bars in the city. Or go to the lovely food market, which is overflowing with fresh goods. After, enjoy the lively nightlife in one of the many pubs, bars and cocktail lounges!
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SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA HIGHLIGHTS
Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela
This impressive cathedral is one of the most outstanding buildings of Romanesque art in Spain. As it is the end of the famous pilgrimage, the cathedral has become very famous worldwide. The tomb of Santiago beneath the main altar is the most important point in the cathedral.
Plaza Do Obradoiro
The big, traffic-free square in front of the cathedral earned its name because of the stones on the cathedrals façade. The stones were cut and carved on site. The square has a unique and magical atmosphere.
Hostal de los Reyes Catolicos
The Hostal dos Reis Católicaos was built in the early 16th century as a recuperation centre for exhausted pilgrims. Later on, the place became an orphanage and poorhouse; today, it is a luxurious hotel. But you can visit the four stately courtyards and some other areas.
Monasterio de San Martin Pinario
This Benedictine monastery is the second largest monastery in Spain. Here you can feel history come alive. There are plenty of rooms to visit and also the chapel is an outstanding masterpiece. Also, other monasteries like the Mosteiro de San Paio de Antealtares are amazing in Santiago de Compostela.
Parque de la Alameda
This 16th-century park is full of historical monuments. The extensive and varied ornamental trees are really unique and generate a sense of peace in the middle of the city. You will also enjoy some magnificent views. The park is open 24/7.
Museo do Pobo Galego
There are plenty of great museums in Santiago de Compostela, but people worldwide especially appreciate this museum. In this former convent, you will be able to learn everything about the traditional Galician ways of life.