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Santiago de Compostela

Once you hear the melodious sound of the gaita in the narrow lanes of the old town, you definitely know that you have arrived in Santiago de Compostela. The Galician bagpipes are one of the many traditions that live on in the picturesque capital of the northern Spanish province of Galicia.

This sainted city exudes a charming lifestyle quite unlike any other large metropolis. The city has been shaped by the countless pilgrims who have travelled here from all four corners of the world. Those who are fortunate enough to finish the Way of St. James fill Santiago de Compostela with positive vibrations. Their destination, the large cathedral containing the last remains of Saint James, is an essential item on the agenda for every visitor

This university city also seems to remain eternally youthful on account of its many students and their joy of life. Santiago de Compostela's wonderful narrow streets and many historical monuments invite us to enjoy peaceful moments, time and time again. For a little fortification, visitors should try the city’s speciality: a glass of Ribeiro and a plate of ‘Pulpo á la Gallega’, grilled octopus with paprika

For those who would like to admire historical Compostela from a distance, the “extramuros” route affords a good panorama. This trail leads visitors through the lush greenery and fresh air of the surrounding parkland – with some spectacular views of the city and countryside.

City Facts

  • Location

    Capital of the autonomous community of Galicia in northwest Spain

  • Population

    approx. 96 000

  • Size

    approx. 220 km²

  • Public transport

    Several bus routes

  • Climate

    A temperate oceanic climate with rather cool summers and cold, wet winters. The majority of rain falls between September and June.

  • Best time to visit

    Visitors find that the weather is generally good between spring and autumn, although June to August are normally the driest months.

  • Good to know

    Santiago de Compostela is a great city for exploring on foot. The city tourist office, Santiagoturismo, recommends five themed walking itineraries.

  • Nice to know

    The local language, Gallego, a mixture of Spanish and Portuguese, owes its existence to the Celtic immigrants.

  • Airport

    Santiago de Compostela; approx. 12 km east of the city centre

  • Bus

    The bus stop is in front of the terminal; departure every 30 minutes; journey time to the city centre approx. 20 minutes.

  • Taxi

    The taxi stand is in front of the terminal; journey time to the city centre approx. 20 minutes depending on traffic.