5 good reasons to go to Santiago de Compostela
To see / do
Culture and history
Santiago de Compostela Cathedral
Its gigantic size impresses travellers and pilgrims alike. Despite its Baroque-style architecture, it actually dates mainly from the Middle Ages. Enter this sacred site and discover the hidden treasures that leave no-one indifferent.
Praza do Obradoiro
This is the main square of Santiago de Compostela and the final destination for pilgrims. Arriving is an emotional moment for those who have gone to so much effort to get here. You’ll witness many outbursts of joy, tears and embraces. And what a backdrop! The buildings surrounding the square are particularly beautiful.
City of Culture of Galicia
You can’t miss this bold architectural ensemble on your way from the airport to the city. Designed by the architect Peter Eisenman, it took more than a decade and hundreds of millions of euros to build just four of the initially planned buildings. You’ll find a library, an auditorium, a conference & exhibition centre and the Gaiás museum, which houses temporary exhibitions.
This delightful park lies on a hill in the heart of the city. It is divided into three areas which were once reserved for different social classes. It offers some outstanding views of Santiago’s rooftops and cathedral. This is the ideal spot to relax or listen to some music near the bandstand.
Mercado de Abastos
This is Santiago’s main market and a hotspot for all food lovers. You’ll find the finest produce Galicia has to offer here, along with eateries and a great atmosphere.
An excursion to this charming harbour town which supplies the whole region with sea produce is a must. It is overlooked by the famous Tower of Hercules, which is believed to be the world’s oldest lighthouse still in service. It was built by the Romans in the 1st and 2nd centuries.
This region resembles Brittany. It also has its Finistère. A rocky cape naturally dominated by a lighthouse, and which was long believed to be the end of known land. Its legend has been shaped by its wild seas, unspoilt beaches and shipwrecks.
Pimientos de Padrón
These small green peppers are a classic Spanish tapas offering. They are served grilled with a pinch of salt. While they are generally mild in taste, a pepper that lacked water can be quite hot! Grown in Galicia, these peppers have a registered designation of origin.
Tortilla de patatas
The soil of Galicia is particularly suited to growing potatoes and the locals are experts in tortillas. A filling and nourishing omelette with a perfect texture. A convivial dish that’s simple to share.
Tarta de Santiago
This cake made from almond powder, sugar and eggs is the emblematic dessert of Galicia. It is flavoured simply with cinnamon and lemon, and dusted with powdered sugar in the shape of the Saint James cross.
Discover in the same country
You might also like
* All the information on this page is provided for information purposes only. Changes to the programme, flight offers and schedules may be made at any time and without notice. Check with airlines or travel agencies for more information.