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The World Heritage City of Saint Jacques de Compostelle, Spain
Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela
 
 

Overview
Saint Jacques de Compostelle (Santiago de Compostela) in Galicia on the north-west of Spain; is a city tailor-made for the wayfarer on the northern Spain. Streets and squares combine to form a unique, harmonious, tasteful set piece that the city is awarded the title of World Heritage City by UNESCO in 1984 and in 2000 it was named European City of Culture.

The city is surrounded by four squares that include; Platerías, Quintana, Azabachería and Obradoiro that is the city’s hub. The cathedral façade, the cloister and the Archbishop’s Palace, the five-star parador, Hostal de los Reyes Católicos, Palacio de Raxoi and Colegio de San Jerónimo in the company of palaces, monasteries, churches and squares are the best attractions of the town.

Things to Do and See in Saint Jacques de Compostelle
The places of interest in Saint Jacques de Compostelle include;

  • The Cathedral

  • Praza do Obradoiro

  • Praza da Quintana

  • Praza da Inmaculada/Acibechería

  • Convent and Church of San Domingo de Bonaval Collegiate Church of Santa María La Mayor y Real de Sar

  • Museo do Pobo Galego

  • Contemporary Galician Art Centre

  • Museo das Peregrinacións

  • Museo de Terra Santa (Convent of San Francisco)

  • Casa Museo da Troia

  • Museo de Arte Sacra (Sacred Art)

  • Museo da Catedral (Cathedral Museum)

  • Museo Fundación Eugenio Granell

  • Museo da Colexiata Santa María de Sar

  • Museo de Historia Natural “Luis Iglesias” (Natural History)

  • Museo do Colexio Médico (Campus Sur)

City Tours in Saint Jacques de Compostelle
The city tours to participate and discover the Saint Jacques de Compostelle include;

  • Two-hours tours - A Guided tour to the sightseeing area, Cubiertas de la Catedral, The university’s historical heritage and City-tour.

  • Half day tours - to Pazos and Historical Gardens and Contemporary architecture.

  • 1 day tours  - A guided tour a Costa da Morte – Finisterre ; Rías Baixas – Barbanza ; Rías Baixas – Salnés; Ribeira Sacra – Cañones del Sil  - , all-inclusive, organized from Santiago. (Phone: +34 902 254 040; www.compostelavision.com)

Cuisine ~ What to Eat
Galician cuisine is famous with the shellfish, fish, meat, vegetables that are all washed down with the best wines. Traditional Galician dishes include seafood, caldo gallego, shoulder of pork with turnip tops, octopus á feira, savoury pies, Padrón peppers, soft cheese, filloa and Santiago tart. Plaza de Abastos is the best market place. The tapas bars offer great tapas and wine. The traditional fare or nouvelle cuisine with a variety of exotic dishes and wide range of wines from Albariño and Ribeiro to Godello and Mencía are the best dining options. As for the wines; Galician wine of any of the whites and reds carrying a denomination of origin from Ribeiro, Rías Baixas, Ribeira Sacra, Monterrey and Valdeorras are excellent. As for the desserts, queso de tetilla that is a Santiago tart or chestnut cake are the recommendations.

Handicrafts ~ What to Buy
Two of Santiago’s squares are popular. One is Azabachería that is famous with its articles made from jet and the other one is Platerías that is famous with its silverware. Silverware is the towns most popular shopping spot for centuries. Ceramics, bobbin lace and homemade gastronomic products such as chocolates, queso de tetilla (soft cheese in the form of a woman’s breast), wines and sweetmeats are the other popular items to buy.

Cultural Events & Fiestas in Saint Jacques de Compostelle

  • Pilgrimage - Romería de San Lázaro. Festa das Uñas in March 13

  • Holy Week in March-April

  • Galicia Theatre Festival in the 2nd fortnight in April

  • European Dance Encounter at the end of April

  • Book Fair in the week of April 23

  • Fiestas. Ascension in the week of May 20

  • University Theatre Display in the 2nd fortnight in May

  • St. John’s Eve in June 23

  • International Galician Music Festival at the 1st fortnight in July

  • Compostela Festival. Music from all over the world at the end of July

  • International Short Film Festival in July-August

  • Festiclown in early August

  • Music in Compostela in August

  • International Ancient Music Festival at the 2nd fortnight in September

  • LIED Cycle in September-October

  • Puppet Festival. Galicreques at the 1st fortnight in October

  • Santirock in early November

  • Magostos  in November

  • Cineuropa in November

  • Root Music Festival. Raizames at the 2nd fortnight in December

  • Light Opera Festival in late December

Getting There
Access to Saint Jacques de Compostelle is easy. It is located in a central position amid the Autonomous Community of Galicia’s leading cities of Coruña (57 km), Pontevedra (50 km), Vigo (92 km), Lugo (105 km) and Ourense (110 km). The city has its own international airport. Several airlines make cheap flights to Santiago. RYANAIR (
www.ryanair.com) operates to Santiago from London, Frankfurt and Rome. As for the trains, RENFE has two daily trains operating to Madrid and the Portuguese border. There is also a frequent bus service (Estación Central de Autobuses) to the main cities and towns of Galicia.

 


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Saint Jacques de Compostelle Useful Telephone numbers

Santiago Tourist Board
Rúa do Vilar, 63
15705 Santiago de Compostela
Phone: +34 981 555 129
Fax: +34 981 55 47 48
www.santiagoturismo.com
www.santiagoreservas.com

Turismo de Santiago – INCOLSA
Rúa do Vilar, 63
Phone: +34 981 555 129
Fax: +34 981 554 748
 
 
 
   
 
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