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Santiago´s Cathedral and Historic Quarter


Santiago´s Cathedral and Historic Quarter

Hold your breath. The Botafumeiro thurible is flying above your head at 70 kilometers per hour...

Terras de Santiago


Terras de Santiago

These are lands with a great artistic and architectural heritage. Such as the monastery of Sobrado dos Monxes...

Galician springs

Relaxation at the end of the Way

Ever since remains attributed by tradition to the Apostle St James were discovered in Compostela in the ninth century, each year thousands of pilgrims make their way to this destination.

There are several different historic routes that will take us to this World Heritage Site city. Whichever we choose, with each step, we’ll feel the heartbeat of Jacobean magic.


  • Starting point: Santiago de Compostela
  • Destination: Fisterra
  • Days: 2
We’ll enjoy a day in Santiago de Compostela, visiting its stone structures and hot springs

We’ll discover some of Galicia’s most picturesque fishing villages on the way to Fisterra. There, we’ll watch the sun sink into the Atlantic.
More information...
-Pilgrim’s Office (Santiago). www.peregrinossantiago.es
-Cathedral of Santiago. www.catedraldesantiago.es

Route - Day 1

Monumental grandeur, gastronomy and hot springs in Santiago


Entering Compostela after following the Way of St James after travelling for so long – sometimes even weeks or months – will give us a one-of-a-kind feeling.

An endless number of beautiful streets and squares
We’ll head off to the Porta do Camiño, where long ago Camino Francéspilgrims entered the walled city of Compostela. Santiago’s mediaeval walls no longer stand, although in the city names such as Mazarelos Porta, Porta Faxeira, Mámoa da Porta and Porta do Camiño continue to be used.

We’ll go up Rúa das Casas Reais, where we’ll have a chance to look at some façades with noble family crests that do honour to the street’s name. We’ll cross the charming Praza de Cervantes square before diving into the Rúa da Acibechería, named after the guild of craftsmen who carved jet stone. Even today we’ll find numerous metal smiths who will offer us their creations.

Before arriving at Compostela’s majestic basilica, we’ll leave to our right the Monastery of San Martiño Pinario, which was founded by Benedictine monks in the tenth century. One of the most powerful in Galicia, the complex – which occupies about 20,000 square metres – is one of the largest buildings of its kind existing in Spain.
Praza do Obradoiro square is one of the most beautiful in the world
A mysterious stone arch allows us to cross underneath the twelfth-century Palace of Archbishop Xelmírez, the most famous in Santiago’s history. All at once, we’ll come faceto- face with the marvellous Praza do Obradoirosquare, kilometre zero of all Jacobean routes.
A sublime moment in time, we’ll surely share our joy with dozens of pilgrims who are amazed at seeing so many works of art. On one side we’ll find the Hostal dos Reis Católicos, – a Renaissance work whose construction was ordered by Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon – and, on the other, the College of San Xerome, a late Gothic work dating from the fifteenth century. Behind us is Pazo de Raxoi,the current city council building and a neoclassical recreation of balanced shapes.
while facing us is the stone symphony of the Obradoiro’s fascinating baroque façade, called thus due to having been the worksite of the stonemasons who carved the Galician granite, transforming cold stone into exquisite plastic shapes. We’ll feel overwhelmed as we contemplate this square, one of the most beautiful in the world.
San Martiño Pinario Monastery,
which occupies some 20,000 square metres,
is one of the largest
in Spain
We pick up our “Compostela” and tour the cathedral
Before entering the cathedral, we suggest that you head over to the Pilgrim’s Office, where they’ll certify your pilgrimage with a mediaeval-era document known as the “Compostela”. You can leave your backpacks here and enjoy a more relaxed tour of the city.
Noon Mass is dedicated to the pilgrims and, during the Holy Year or on certain liturgical dates, the enormous censer known as the botafumeiro is made to work. Seeing this will take our breath away and remain forever in our fondest memories.
The Cathedral de Santiago offers us a plethora of treasures. The most universal of these is the Pórtico da Gloria, the culminating work of Romanesque art, carved in stone by Maestro Mateo and his school of masons. You simply must visit the crypt where Apostle’s tomb is located, and do the traditional embrace of his image, which presides over the central altar.
The most exquisite delicacies of Galician cuisine
It’s time to look for a restaurant and sample the highly appreciated Galician cuisine. On the nearby Rúa do Franco – its was named thus to identify the pilgrims, mainly of French origin, who settled there – we’ll find a wide variety of establishments specialising in the fresh, local products of the native cuisine. Fish, seafood and meats are on public display in refrigerated showcases, capturing the attention of passersby, especially outsiders, who are often surprised by this culinary exhibition. This will also be a good opportunity to sample the famous torta de Santiago, a cake made of crushed almonds.
After lunch, we can take a tranquil stroll through the city’s Old Town. The Rúa do Vilar, the Rúa Nova, the squares surrounding the cathedral and the remaining mediaeval streets will gradually reveal their secrets to us. We’ll easily find a charming café to have a rest while witnessing the spectacle of continuously wandering tourists.
Relaxing at a hot springs or other type of spa
To finish off the day, we suggest a relaxing option designed to relieve the fatigue of our pilgrimage. In Santiago, we’ll find several options for establishments with different kinds of spas as well as a hot springs spa or two with certified micromedicinal waters. A thermal circuit, followed by a massage, will be the best way to end our day. Dinner at our hotel-spa will be the finishing touch..

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