Santiago de Compostela:
Santiago de Compostela is the capital of the Autonomous Region of Galicia and was declared a World Heritage City by UNESCO in 1985. It is the destination of the Way of St. James for thousands of pilgrims from all over the world, although an increasing number now continue on to Finisterre. This thousand-year-old route has linked the European continent since the Middle Ages and was therefore declared the First European Cultural Itinerary.
Santiago’s historic city centre is one of the most beautiful urban areas in the world, centred on Plaza del Obradoiro. The square’s name refers to the workshop (“obrador”) of the stonemasons that built the Cathedral, which is visited by hundreds of pilgrims every day of the year. The centre of the square is Kilometre Zero of all the Ways of St. James. The Cathedral’s baroque façade overlooking Plaza del Obradoiro is Santiago’s most representative postcard picture.
Santiago de Compostela’s international airport (Lavacolla) is 15 km from San Francisco Hotel Monumento, while the train and bus stations are 1 km and 800 m away respectively.
Santiago de Compostela is a magical place that is ideal for enjoying a unique experience, while strolling around its streets of stone. There are always secrets to be discovered and reasons for returning.
City of Culture:
The Gaiás complex occupies an area of 141,800 square metres, the same as Compostela’s historic city centre. Its valuable architecture makes it an international reference point.
Peter Eisenman’s project recreates a new summit on Monte Gaiás; it is like a stone shell that is reminiscent of an archaeological site, divided by natural cuts evoking the motif of the scallop, Compostela’s traditional symbol. The warped landscape that arises from superimposing the layout of Santiago’s medieval quarter and the fluted undulations of the pilgrims’ scallop, forms a pleasing expressionist scene that blends effortlessly with the terrain.
Strolling around the monumental city and discovering the arcades in the streets Rúa Nova and Rúa del Villar.
Visiting one of the more than 12 city museums, such as the Holy Land, Cathedral and Pilgrimage Museums.Do not miss one of the most romantic views of the Cathedral and its surroundings from the walk in Alameda Park.
Wandering around the Mercado de Abastos (food market) in the morning.
Discovering some of the historic city centre’s secrets, such as the monk whose shadow is projected onto the Cathedral in Plaza de la Quintana every night, as well as the curious and varied gargoyles in different buildings.
Ask us about:
- Guided city tours
- Visits to the Cathedral rooftops
- The city’s tourist train
- Guided tours of Santiago University
- Visits to the City of Culture
- Sightseeing trips to different parts of Galicia