More than a place of pilgrimage
Santiago de Compostela in north-western Spain is one of the world’s most famous places of pilgrimage. Every year, the capital of Spain’s autonomous community of Galicia draws thousands of pilgrims, as their final destination on the Way of St. James. With origins dating back to the ninth century, this majestic city features a fascinating mix of tradition and modernity, paired with generous green spaces and oodles of Galician charm – all of which make it a great holiday destination for culture fans.
The Mercado de Abastos is a five-minute walk from the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela: originally built in the early nineteenth century, the market complex features more than 300 stalls and is, today, one of the city’s most popular attractions.
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Sightseeing in your Santiago de Compostela holidays
The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela with its lavish exterior façade and artful sculptures is arguably the city’s most impressive and best-known edifice. The shrine of James the Apostle inside the cathedral marks the end of the Way of St. James. View in maps
Alameda Park: the 16th century city park is a green oasis with a host of artful sculptures within its confines. View in maps
The Spanish cultural stronghold that is Santiago de Compostela has a plethora of museums on offer, of which several are located in former convents. One of them is the Museo do Pobo Galego, where the history of Galicia is brought to life. Surrealist art can be admired in the Eugenio Granell Foundation. View in maps
Santiago de Compostela is less than 30 minutes by car from Galicia's beaches, which are perfect for bathing vacations. Surfing lovers will also find something for themselves here; the beaches of Praia de Doniños, San Xorxe, Santa Comba or Ponzos, among others, will make every surfer's heart beat faster. View in maps