Santiago De Compostela Tourism

If your heart urges to see the historical city, this is the place you should come. Located in the northwestern part of Spain, Santiago de Compostela or Santiago (the way it is popularly known nowadays) is the capital city of Galicia. According to locals, Santiago plays a significant role in Catholicism because the city houses the tomb of Saint James above which the famous Cathedral of Santiago has been built. The Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James); the ancient pilgrim route stretches across many parts of Europe and ends at this tomb and stretches across Europe. In other words, the Cathedral is considered as the ‘ending point of the pilgrimage’ journey that many people had been travelling over 1000 years. So, if you wish to learn about the religious facts related to Catholicism, it is this place you should come to. Otherwise, you can always develop a friendly relation with any of the locals of Santiago to learn about its history in a detailed way. However, interacting with them will not be so difficult as most part of the city do have English speaking people, especially in the regions where the tourists visits the most. 

If you are in a mood of visiting the city only to admire its beauty, come during rainy days. The stone streets and the arcaded are at their best with rain water washing its face and making it look all glistened up. Travelers who have already visited this city will agree with the fact that it is hard to capture Santiago in a bad pose. These facts must have played in making Santiago a Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Apart from the historical tour and enjoy the scenic beauty of the city, don’t forget to try out their popular food ‘ Pulpo’ (cooked octopus).

Essential travel information and Santiago De Compostela tips for your visit

  •   The city is absolutely safe to move around even after 11pm.
  •   Take good shoes to move around the city.
  •   Carry umbrella and raincoat.
  •   Make plans even if it rains.
  •   You can carry traveler’s cheques.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Santiago De Compostela

  • Know the pollution level of Santiago De Compostela before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 3.13 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 37.5 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 37.5 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 25 (Low)
  • How safe is Santiago De Compostela for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Santiago De Compostela.

    • Burglary and Theft 11.76 (Very Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 10.29 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 10.29 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 27.94 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 5.88 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 14.71 (Very Low)
    • Attacks 8.82 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 27.94 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 98.53 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 89.06 (Very High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 8.82 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 1.47 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 19.12 (Very Low)
  • Quality of Life Index of Santiago De Compostela is 207.41 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 87.61 (Very High)
    • Climate Index 93.73 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 12.72 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 14 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 48.1 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 71.14 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 10.74 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 87.34 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Santiago De Compostela

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.23 USD
    • International Movie per seat 8.76 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 28.05 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 80.29 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 87.64 USD

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