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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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Casa Felisa||Porta da pena nº 5||Guesthouse||89|
|Casa Lamas||Lugar de lamas,15 Sergude||Guesthouse||-|
|Complejo San Simon||Carretera de la Estrada, Km3||Hostel||-|
|Hostal Charo II||Avda. Villagarcía 2 - 1A, 1B||Guesthouse||83|
|Hostal Girasol||Porta da Pena nº 4 Santiago de Compostela||Guesthouse||88|
|Hostal R. Mexico||Calle Republica Argentina 33||Guesthouse||91|
|Hostal Seminario Menor||Avda. Quiroga Palacios , 2||Hostel||87|
|Hotel Congreso||Ctra. de La Estrada, Km 3, 15894 Santiago de Compo||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Corona de Galicia||Rúa da Devesa, 28 36647 Valga (Pontevedra)||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Rey Fernando||Fernando III El Santo||Hotel||-|
|Hotel San Carlos- Santiago||Horreo 106||Hotel||-|
|Husa Santiago Apostol||C/ Cuesta de San Marcos Nº 1||Hotel||-|
|Husa Universal||Plaza De Galicia 2||Hotel||-|
|Meiga Backpackers||Calle Basquiños 67||Hostel||85|
|Meiga Backpackers Pension||Republica del Salvador 32, 2A||Hostel||-|
|O Fogar de Teodomiro||Praciï¿½a de Algalia de Arriba, 3||Hostel||86|
|Pazo de Agra||Caldereria,37||Guesthouse||83|
|Pension Estrella||Plaza de San Martin Pinario 5||Guesthouse||-|
|Pensión Santa Rita||Fray Rosendo Salvado 4 y 5||Guesthouse||82|
|Hotel Bonaval||Rúa San Domingos de Bonaval 2||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Exe Area Central||C/. París 7||Hotel||-|
|Albergue Monte do Gozo||Rua Do Gozo 18||HOSTEL||-|
|Hotel Celuisma Los Tilos||Crta. Estrada km 2||Hostel||-|
|Roots and Boots Hostel||Rua Campo do Cruceiro do Gaio,7||HOSTEL||82|
|Pensión Residencia Nebraska||C/Pombal 41||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Albergue Acuario||C/Estocolmo, 2||HOSTEL||83|
|Hostal Alfonso||Calle Pombal, 40||Guesthouse||-|
|Hospedería San Martín Pinario||Plaza de la Inmaculada 3||Guesthouse||-|
|HOSTAL MONTREAL||Cruceiro de Roo||Guesthouse||-|
|Pension Obradoiro||C/Pombal 44||Guesthouse||-|
|Nest Style Santiago||Ra Doutor Teixeiro, 15||HOTEL||-|
|Estudio Garcia||Garcia Blanco 9||Apartment||-|
|A Casa do Rio||Calle Victor Garcia 1 Pontecesures||Hostel||-|
|Mundoalbergue||San Clemente 26||Hostel||-|
|Piso en Campus Norte||Rua Santa Uxía de Ribeira, no 6, apartment 4D||APARTMENT||-|
|Bed & Breakfast Mafer||Rua do Horreo, 22, 2º||GUESTHOUSE||88|
|Husa Ciudad de Compostela||Av. De Lugo 213||HOTEL||-|
|Pension Residencia Fornos||C/ Horreo n. 7- 2||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hostel La Salle||Calle Tras de Santa Clara, s/n||HOSTEL||-|
|Hotel Albardonedo||Rua Muros 112. 15896 Roxos- Santiago de Compostela||HOTEL||-|
|Albergue Turístico Santo Santiago||Rúa do Valiño 3||HOSTEL||-|
|Azabache Hostel||Calle Azabachería 15||HOSTEL||-|
|Hotel Real Santiago||Rúa Calderería, nº 49||HOTEL||88|
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.
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.
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.
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