|Santiago de Compostela city centre|
|Santiago de Compostela Airport (SCQ): 7 mi from city centre|
Heading to Santiago? This historic city is the capital of Galicia and a major place of pilgrimage for Catholics. Catch cheap flights to Santiago de Compostela onboard a low cost airline from London. EasyJet takes off from Gatwick while Ryanair flies from Stansted.
Santiago de Compostela is a busy place in summer when the weather is nice and welcomes many visitors arriving via the Camino de Santiago. Winters are very wet and damp. Book your flights to Santiago de Compostela at least three months in advance.
Direct flights to Santiago de Compostela take 2 hours from London.
Santiago de Compostela is a very important city for Catholics as it's believed that St. James, one of the 12 apostles is buried here. The cathedral and old city centre are both UNESCO sites and the university is one of Spain's oldest.
Praza do Obradoiro: This is the heart of the city, named after the workshops of the stonemasons and where thousands of pilgrims arrive everyday as they reach the end of the Way of St. James. Take a look around the square, isn't the architecture amazing?
Cathedral: The cathedral is a fine example of different architectural styles but the Baroque front is probably the finest. The tomb of Santiago is located beneath the cathedral, open to visitors.
CGAC: The Galician Centre of Contemporary Art is a must to visit while in Santiago de Compostela. The building was designed by Alvaro Siza, a renown Portuguese architect. Entry is free.
Find more information on Santiago Tourism.
Due to the large number of pilgrims arriving in Santiago de Compostela every day, there are plenty of hostels around. For budget options, avoid hotels or guesthouses near the main plaza. In summer it's essential to book your rooms in advance.