Santiago is alluring. Once alluded to as "an ideal city, which is flooding with history and ageless too" in a UNESCO-ICOMOS report, Santiago de Compostela is one of Northern Spain's gems. 

Many believe it to be Northern Spain’s most significant vacationer location. Its old quarter is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city is home to likely the most amazing illustration of Romanesque engineering in Spain. This is the amazingly lovely Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, which is the keep going stop on the renowned journey trail, the Camino de Santiago.

The capital city of Galicia Santiago de Compostela is the most visited city in Spain. It’s perhaps the holiest places in Catholicism as it’s accepted to be the last resting spot of St. James, one of the twelve messengers of Christ.

Best time to visit Santiago

By far most of the journeys occur among April and October when the climate is ideal. On the off chance that you’re not doing the Camino, at that point it is important less when you go yet it’s best to visit when the climate is pleasant.

We were in Santiago de Compostela toward the beginning of May and the city was beginning to get a decent number of travellers and vacationers, however, it wasn’t horrendous. June till August is the most mainstream camino months so I believe it’s ideal to go in Apr-May or Sept-Oct.

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Best time to visit Santiago

Winters in Galicia are moderately gentle yet it can get additionally get genuinely overcast, blustery, and breezy. Climate astute, this isn’t the best an ideal opportunity to go.


It can in any case be cool and blustery in March however April and May are among the best occasions to be in Santiago de Compostela.

Blemish MAY:

The late spring is a top season and the most sultry season. If you’d prefer to maintain a strategic distance from the groups and the warmth, at that point it’s ideal to go preceding or after summer.


Like spring, pre-winter is another incredible chance to be in Santiago de Compostela. By and by, I plan on doing the Camino Frances in September 2021.


Making a Trip to Santiago De Compostela

We drove from San Sebastian to Santiago de Compostela yet there are numerous approaches to arrive contingent upon where you are.

Via PLANE: People flying into Santiago de Compostela will show up at Santiago–Rosalia de Castro Airport (SCQ). It’s around 15 km (9.3 miles) east of the city so you can either take a taxi or a bus to the downtown area

Via TRAIN: If you’re in a city moderately close to Santiago de Compostela, at that point going via train might be the better alternative. You can check for train courses and purchase tickets on Trainline. The Santiago de Compostela rail line station is just about 1.5 km (0.9 miles) from the downtown area so it’s conceivable to stroll to your lodging. Else, you can take a taxi.

Santiago De Compostela
Making a Trip to Santiago De Compostela

BY BUS: Traveling by bus is another acceptable choice. You can check for bus courses on Alsa. We travelled through an Alsa bus from Santiago de Compostela to Porto. The bus station is near the downtown area, about 1.5 km away, so it’s conceivable to walk (we did). Else, you can take a taxi to your lodging.

Via CAR: Traveling via vehicle is maybe the most ideal method of encountering Spain and numerous pieces of Europe. As depicted, we drove from San Sebastian to Santiago de Compostela. In contrast to public transportation, it allowed us to stop any place and at whatever point we needed.

Accommodation in Santiago

If it’s your first time in Santiago de Compostela, at that point it’s ideal to remain in the Old Town.

It’s a moderately little region that is deterred to vehicular traffic so it’s not difficult to get around by walking. The vast majority of the city’s top attractions and eateries are present in the Old Town.

We remained at Hospederia Tarela, a flawless shop motel around a 5-minute stroll from the church building. Rooms and restrooms are open and clean there’s a bistro on the principal floor with indoor and open-air seating.

Spots to Visit

The Old Town is conservative so it’s not difficult to investigate all alone. Yet, on the off chance that you’d prefer to have a guide disclose everything to you, at that point you might be keen on booking a mobile visit.

Another choice is to get a Compostela Pass Plus. It’s a travel card that offers various advantages like a guided visit through the Old Town, free access to the Cathedral’s exhibition hall, limits to cafés and road trips, and the limitless sky.

Santiago de Compostela Cathedral

The Santiago de Compostela Cathedral is an amazing sight. It’s perhaps the most awesome chapels I’ve ever found in my life and we visited many in Spain alone. Strolling onto Praza do Obradoiro and gazing toward the huge house of prayer unexpectedly will amaze you.

The burial chamber underneath the basilica’s principle raised area is the presumed internment site of St. James. It’s the last objective of all Caminos and is only one of three realized holy places worked over the remaining parts of a messenger. The other two are St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City and St. Thomas Cathedral Basilica in Chennai, India.

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Santiago de Compostela Cathedral

Praza do Obradoiro is the place where travellers praise the finish of their Camino. Caminos fluctuate long from 120 km (Camino Ingles) to 1,000 km (Via de la Plata) or more. Seeing this radiant landmark toward the finish of a particularly long excursion is a reason for festivity for sure.

Inside the church building is a long line of explorers holding back to embrace a sculpture of St. James. I conformed without understanding what it was going after it was my chance to embrace the sculpture. There’s an amazing exhibition hall inside the church too.

The religious community of San Martiño Pinario

The cloister of San Martiño Pinario is a sixteenth-century Benedictine religious community found right close to Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. It’s the second biggest religious community in Spain after the Monastery of El Escorial outside Madrid.

Curiously, some portion of the cloister is changed over into a lodging. There’s a historical centre of strict workmanship situated inside the cloister too.

Mosteiro de San Paio de Antealtares

The Monastery and Church of San Pelayo de Antealtares is an eleventh-century Benedictine religious community established by Alfonso II. It was initially involved by twelve priests who took care of the as of late found burial place of St. James.

After the priests left the religious community in 1499, later isolated nuns who committed the cloister to St. Pelayo, a Galician kid martyred in Cordoba governed it.

The nuns live in the cloister and sell an assortment of heated merchandise, including the city’s popular Tarta de Santiago. There’s a gallery of strict craftsmanship inside the cloister also.

It looks void now yet this image was taken from Praza da Quintana, one of the many busy yet wonderful squares in the Old Town. The structure with the enormous cross on its side is the cloister.

Convento de San Francisco de Santiago

The Convento de San Francisco de Santiago is a previous cloister that used to house Franciscan priests in the eighteenth century. The priests have since been moved to a more present-day office while the old religious circle has been changed over into a 4-star inn and café.

It’s a delightful structure with an intriguing gallery, church, and a café serving an explorer’s menu of average community or cloister dishes.

Praza das Praterias

The Old Town isn’t excessively huge yet it has a decent number of town squares that offer spots to sit and do minimal more than while away the time. Praza do Obradoiro and Plaza de la Quintana are a lot bigger however I appreciated Praza das Praterias the most.

It’s a little square with a wellspring in the centre and encompassed on all sides by stunning designs, none more wonderful maybe than the Cathedral’s Torre da Berenguela.

Praza das Praterias signifies “Square of the Silversmiths”. It got its name from all the silversmiths who’d set up for business at this square many years back.

Compostela beach
Santiago de Compostela beach

Spanish Food Guide

As I would like to think, Spain is one of the world’s best nations for food. It’s home to numerous heavenly dishes like paella, tapas, callos, and churros. Spain is the biggest maker of olive oil on the planet. It favours vigorously in Spanish food and is utilized as the base in numerous sofrito’s or vegetable sauces.

Garlic is a widespread fixing while the absolute most fundamental spices and flavours incorporate saffron, pimento, oregano, rosemary, and parsley. Chicken and pork are most normal however various kinds of poultry, meat, and fish are burned-through consistently in Spain.

More than Spanish food itself, what I discovered most entrancing were individuals’ dietary patterns. Spanish individuals have supper late, around 9-10 PM because they have extensive snacks that take anyplace between 2-3 hours.

Snacks start around 2 PM so it’s standard for businesses to close for a few hours during the day. Snacks just require about an hour however Spanish individuals like to participate in sobremesas. This alludes to the act of remaining at the table and associating after a substantial supper.

From sobremesas to pintxos getting sloshed to aperitivo time, this social segment is the thing that to a great extent characterizes Spanish food culture. It’s a quality that numerous previous Spanish settlements see well indeed.