Things to do in Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela – Pilgrimage & holy city in Spain


Santiago de Compostela is an ancient city in Spain that has been a pilgrimage site for hundreds of years. The alleged burial site of Saint James, one of Christ’s twelve apostles, is believed to be located in this city. St. James’ tomb and burial site is one of the reasons why Santiago de Compostela continues to attract both religious and non-religious visitors. The historic and religious significance of Santiago de Compostela is part of why this place makes an excellent escape for anyone looking for a relaxing and enriching holiday.


Things to do in Santiago de Compostela


Santiago de Compostela Cathedral

The first, foremost and finest attraction in Santiago de Compostela is the burial site of St. James. The tomb lies beneath the town’s great cathedral which is worth visiting for its own magnificent architectural beauty and design. Visitors can see the burial site and the statue of St. James, an historical and religious figure among the townspeople and pilgrims alike.


Sightseeing in Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela is easy to get around by walking. A variety of cathedrals, monasteries, museums, and outdoor squares can be seen along the city streets.
Other popular sightseeing options include walking, horseback riding, and cycling along the Way of St. James. The Way of St. James is very famous among pilgrims and visitors because of its religious historical importance.


Airplane Tours

Another great way to see the city is by plane, a unique option for people who want an amazing bird’s eye view of the place. Airplane tours are easily available in the city and they create an unforgettable aerial experience.


Local Food & Delicacies

Local delicacies include cooked octopus and queimada, a traditional drink made of fruits, sugar, and coffee beans.








Way of St. James – the Santiago de Compostela Route


To walk the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route is an experience that attracts people from all over the world. The rout is known as the Way of St. James or El Camino de Santiago in spanish. Some people walk just parts of the rout, while some pilgrims walk for weeks and sometime even months. In fact, there are not only one route but many. Regardless of which one you choose it is considered a pilgrim’s path when you walk to Santiago de Compostela.


Many people, among them many Spanish people, consider the Pyrenees as the most important starting point. Other common locations to start from are Roncesvalles and in Spain, and Somport in France. Pilgrims who decides to take an even longer route starts from cities like Paris or Vézelay. Sometimes pilgrims that lives somewhere in Europe even starts walking from their home city.


Via Regia

Via Regia is ta beautiful Santiago de Compostela route and especially the last part of this route, known as the French Way, is famous. Walking this beautiful path is one of the most popular things to do in Santiago de Compostela.


The Portuguese Way

A popular pilgrim route is the Portuguese Way. This routs starts from Lisbon or Porto, which means that pilgrims walk for 610 kmror 227 km.


When to go to Santiago de Compostela


Santiago de Compostela has a mild climate; it rarely snows here and temperatures over 30 ºC (86 °F) are few and far between. This makes it an excellent city to visit all year round, especially since it is an outdoorsy city and can easily be toured by foot. The city also has occasional rainy days, especially in the winter months, so be sure to pack accordingly.


Santiago de Compostela Airport

The Santiago de Compostela Airport (SCQ) operates a small selection of airlines, and is located about 20 minutes away from the city by bus.


Things to do in Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela Facts

Population95 671
AirportSantiago, Spain (SCQ)

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites Santiago de Compostela - Santiago de Compostela Old Town

As the final destination of the pilgrimage routes of the Way of St. James, the beautiful city of Santiago de Compostela houses in its cathedral the tomb of the apostle St. James and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition, Santiago de Compostela symbolizes the struggle of the Spanish Christians against Islam; the city was destroyed by the Muslims in the 10th century and completely reconstructed one century later. Today, the Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque buildings make this city one of the most beautiful ones in the world.

Routes of Santiago de Compostela: Camino Francés and Routes of Northern Spain

With its cathedral containing the shrine of the apostle St. James, Santiago de Compostela has been the final destination of many pilgrimage routes since the 9th century. Listed as a serial site on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the four most common routes, situated in northern Spain and coming from France, represent a network of around 1500 km. Originally, the purpose of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela was to see the remains of the apostle and earn plenary indulgence, that is, the absolution of all of one’s sins. Today, many pilgrims go on the Way with non-religious reasons such as to enjoy a backpacking trip with friends. The “rules” say that in order to obtain plenary indulgence, one must walk at least 100 km of the Way to Santiago, but if you plan on biking there, you’ll need to bike 200 km! This will be inspected on your arrival to Santiago de Compostela, where you will need to show a booklet with stamps, which you’ll collect at every village, restaurant or hostel during your journey, to prove that you deserve forgiveness!

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Golf in Santiago de Compostela

In 2004, Santiago de Compostela got its first 18 hole golf course in The Real Aéro Club de Santiago. It is a course that demands to be respected as you have to be precise in hitting your shots to stay on the narrow fairways and to avoid the water hazards. You will be rewarded by the natural beauty of the environment in which the course is set, and the chef at the clubhouse is more than eager to show you the great food that they have to offer. Don't miss it if you are in Santiago de Compostela.

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Water Parks in Santiago de Compostela - Cool down at Aguapark de Cerceda

When you are in Santiago de Compostela and looking for something to do on a hot and sunny day, Aguapark de Cerceda is the answer. It is a water park where you will find something where all ages will have fun and carefree day. Splash around in the different swimming pools and forget about your everyday life for a little while. Good destination for a fun family day!

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