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Introduction

Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela

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Santiago de Compostela is the capital of Galicia, an autonomous region in the northwest of Spain. The city has about 100,000 inhabitants and is placed on the Unesco World Heritage List. It is of course most famous because the cathedral is the official ending point of the pilgrimage route that many people have been walking since over 1000 years, the Route of Santiago de Compostela!

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Sights and Activities

  • Although it just ends here, the Route of Santiago de Compostela is what made the city itself famous in the first place.
  • Cathedral and main plaza.
  • The old city, a Unesco World Heritage Site.
  • Pazo de Raxoi (Raxoi's Palace).
  • Hostal dos Reis Católicos - used to be a pilgrim's hospice, now it is a parador (luxury hotel in historical building).

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Weather

Weather in this part of Spain is cooler and wetter compared to places to the south, east and central parts of the country. Summers last from late May to September when temperatures are around 22 to 26 degrees Celsius on average during the day while nights average around 12 to 15 degrees Celsius. Winters are from late November to early March when it's about 10 to 15 degrees Celsius during the day and nights are quite cold with 4 to 6 degrees Celsius.
Precipitation is mainly concentrated in the colder half of year and from October to April you can expect some rain on about half of the number of days. Summers are better with 6-8 days with some rain.

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Getting There

By Plane

Santiago de Compostela Airport is located near the city and is the most important hub if you arrive by plane.

Quite a few airlines serve the city. Ryanair flies to and from London, Alicante, Frankfurt, Madrid, Rome and Reus (near Barcelona). Several other airlines have flights to destinations in Spain like Palma de Mallorca, most of the Canary Islands (mostly with Air Europa, Bilbao, Valencia, Barcelona and Málaga. Vueling has flights to Paris as well and there are seasonal flights with Aer Lingus to Dublin and with other airlines to Buenos Aires and Caracas, which gives you an idea of the importance of this city for catholics!

By Train

Trains to Madrid take 8 to 9 hours and you can either choose to travel by day or night. Hourly trains go to A Coruna, Pontevedra and Vigo. At least six or trains go daily to Ourense and one to Irún, on the French border, via León, Burgos and San Sebastian.
Check the Spanish Railway website for details regarding schedules and prices.

By Car

The AP (Autopista) nummer 9 connects Santiago de Compostela with Pontevedra and A Coruna, but it is a toll route. There is a slower tollfree road as well though.

By Bus

Castromil runs buses thoughout Galicia, including to Pontevedra and A Coruna.
ALSA offers many connections to places further away including Madrid, Salamanca, Cáceres, Seville, Barcelona, Lisbon, Porto, Paris, London, Amsterdam, Brussels and Zürich.
Eurolines has buses througout Spain and Europe as well.

By Foot

The most classical way to arrive to Santiago de Compostela is of course by foot, like the millions of pilgrims before you. For more information about the check the guide for the Route of Santiago de Compostela.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Casa FelisaPorta da pena nº 5Guesthouse85
Casa LamasLugar de lamas,15 SergudeGuesthouse-
Complejo San SimonCarretera de la Estrada, Km3Hostel-
Hostal Charo IIAvda. Villagarcía 2 - 1A, 1BGuesthouse77
Hostal GirasolPorta da Pena nº 4 Santiago de CompostelaGuesthouse87
Hostal R. MexicoCalle Republica Argentina 33Guesthouse85
Hostal Seminario MenorAvda. Quiroga Palacios , 2Hostel-
Hotel CongresoCtra. de La Estrada, Km 3, 15894 Santiago de CompoHotel-
Hotel Corona de GaliciaRúa da Devesa, 28 36647 Valga (Pontevedra)Hotel-
Hotel Rey FernandoFernando III El SantoHotel-
Hotel San Carlos- SantiagoHorreo 106Hotel81
Husa Santiago ApostolC/ Cuesta de San Marcos Nº 1Hotel-
Husa UniversalPlaza De Galicia 2Hotel-
Meiga BackpackersCalle Basquiños 67Hostel77
Meiga Backpackers PensionRepublica del Salvador 32, 2AHostel-
O Fogar de TeodomiroPraci�a de Algalia de Arriba, 3Hostel79
Pazo de AgraCaldereria,37Guesthouse83
Pension EstrellaPlaza de San Martin Pinario 5Guesthouse-
Pensión Santa RitaFray Rosendo Salvado 4 y 5Guesthouse79
Hotel BonavalRúa San Domingos de Bonaval 2Hotel92
Hotel Exe Area CentralC/. París 7Hotel88
Albergue Monte do GozoRua Do Gozo 18HOSTEL81
Hotel Celuisma Los TilosCrta. Estrada km 2Hostel-
Roots and Boots HostelRua Campo do Cruceiro do Gaio,7HOSTEL80
Pensión Residencia NebraskaC/Pombal 41GUESTHOUSE-
Albergue AcuarioC/Estocolmo, 2HOSTEL75
Hostal AlfonsoCalle Pombal, 40Guesthouse-
Hospedería San Martín PinarioPlaza de la Inmaculada 3Guesthouse91
HOSTAL MONTREALCruceiro de RooGuesthouse-
Pension ObradoiroC/Pombal 44Guesthouse79
Nest Style SantiagoRa Doutor Teixeiro, 15HOTEL83
Estudio GarciaGarcia Blanco 9Apartment-
A Casa do RioCalle Victor Garcia 1 PontecesuresHostel-
MundoalbergueSan Clemente 26Hostel-
Piso en Campus NorteRua Santa Uxía de Ribeira, no 6, apartment 4DAPARTMENT-
Bed & Breakfast MaferRua do Horreo, 22, 2ºGUESTHOUSE-
Husa Ciudad de CompostelaAv. De Lugo 213HOTEL-
Pension Residencia FornosC/ Horreo n. 7- 2GUESTHOUSE-
Hostel La SalleCalle Tras de Santa Clara, s/nHOSTEL-
Hotel AlbardonedoRua Muros 112. 15896 Roxos- Santiago de CompostelaHOTEL-
Albergue Turístico Santo SantiagoRúa do Valiño 3HOSTEL-
Azabache HostelCalle Azabachería 15HOSTEL-
Hotel Real SantiagoRúa Calderería, nº 49HOTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet is widely available within Spain. Most airports have wifi-zones and in most towns there are internet cafés or shops where you can use internet for a fixed price. Wi-Fi points in bars and cafeterias are available after ordering, and most hotels offer Wi-Fi connection in common areas for their guests.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The international access code for Spain is +34. The emergency number for police, ambulance and the fire brigade is 112.

In cities you can find plenty of public phones, and 'locutorios'. The latter are small shops where you can use the phone and use internet. Most of them also sell prepaid cards for mobile telephones. These shops are used a lot by foreigners to call to their mother country.

The main mobile network operators in Spain are Yoigo, Vodafone, Movistar and Orange, as in most of Europe voice and data coverage is generally good in urban areas however it can be patchy in rural locations. Cheap mobile phones (less than €50) with some pre-paid minutes are sold at FNAC or any phone operator's shop (Vodafone, Movistar, Orange). Topping-up is then done by buying scratch cards from the small stores, supermarkets, vending points (often found in tobacco shops) or kiosks.

Post

If you want to post a card, you can head to the post office (Correos). The Spanish post is not yet as efficient as colleagues in other countries so receiving a card can take a bit longer than the number of days that it should take. On the website of Correos, you can find the locations of nearby post offices.
Post offices are generally open from 8:30am to 2:00pm, although times will vary according to the size of the city/town and the main post offices might be open until the early evening. Most will also open again on Saturday mornings, but in the smaller towns will close as early as 12 noon. When posting a letter, look for a yellow box and, if possible, post at the post office itself where there will also be divisions for local, national and international mail. Be prepared for long queues at the post office. This is why tobacco shops sell stamps and many will also have the facility to weigh packages. Standard letters/postcards of up to 20 grams sent within Spain are €0.34. However, non-standard letters/postcards of up to 20g are €0.39. Letters/postcards of 20 to 50 grams are €0.45. In the case of international shipping, the price is €0.64 to most countries within Europe for standard envelopes (letters/postcards) up to 20g, for a few European countries and outside Europe it is €0.78. If you want to send a package you are probably better off with a private courier company like TNT, DHL or UPS, as they offer quick and reliable services against competitive prices.

Quick Facts

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Population
95.092
Coordinates
  • Latitude: 42.8804471
  • Longitude: -8.5463034

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