Best Things To Do in Santiago De Compostela, Spain

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  • Catedral de Santiago de Compostela (Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela): This cathedral is the most popular tourist attraction of Santiago. In this cathedral, Saint James the great was buried. Its architectural design follows Romanesque style with Baroque frontage of Praza do Obdradoiro while the interior follows Romanesque style in Portico da Gloria. On regular occasion, Botafumeiro (huge silver incense burner) is shown.
  • Hostal dos Reis Catolicos (Catholic Kings Hostal): It was build in 1499 as hostal where pilgrims who slept on the streets of Santiago was given shelter. Later on, it is converted as a 5 star Parador hotel. Its interior design has made this place as one of the popular tourist destination in Santiago.
  • Museo de Catedral: It’s a 16th century old museum, spread over 4 floors with Gothic style passage. The 2nd floor holds huge collection of religious art including Botafumeiros.
  • Museo das Peregrinacions e de Santiago: If you are interested in knowing more about Saint James, the cathedral, the pilgrimage and about Santiago de Compostela, this is the place you should visit.
  • Palacio de Raxoi: Pazo de Raxoi (the other name), build of the western side of Praza do Obradoiro. It’s an 18th century old building which was the place to hold city council.

Among other attractions of Santiago, Praza das Praterias, Colexio de San Xerome and many more are there.


Beside these tourist attractions, walking down the streets of the city is also a nice way of enjoying hiking in Santiago de Compostela. If you wish to get a different view of the city, book an aeroplane tour. It is bit expensive but the experience is going to stay in your mind forever.

Below we have a list of things to do in Santiago De Compostela and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Santiago De Compostela getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Santiago De Compostela with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Santiago De Compostela

Here is the list of things to do in Santiago De Compostela and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Cathedral Of Santiago Of Compostela Or Catedral De Santiago De Compostela

    Church, Religious Site, Museum, Architecture

    It is one of the finest examples of Romanesque art in Spain. The church was build just above the tomb of St. James (that was discovered in 819 AD). The construction of this church began in 1060 in the reign of Alfonso VI and was completed in 1211. With the passing times, various elements were added leading to a dramatic change of the exterior in the 16th -18th century. So, in the architectural ...Read more
  2. Praza Da Quintana Or Quintana Square

    Historical Site, Square, Cathedral

    This square is considered as a symbolic place of Santiago. On the south of the square, you get cathedral of Santiago, the home of the Vine, the Convent of San Palo Antealtares and house of Conga. The Sqaure has two levels, divided by few steps. The upper level is known as Quintana of the Dead and the lower level is known as Quintana Alive. It was built in the 16th century, when the council of C...Read more
  3. Praza Das Praterias

    Religious Site, Square, Shopping Center, Cathedral

    When it comes to tourist attractions, the first thing people think is about the Catedral del Apostolo. But the fact is the surrounding areas do deserve a visit. Each door of this huge cathedral opens to a plaza. Similarly, the south door opens to Prazas das Praterias. It is also popularly known as Plaza de las Platerias. The primary attraction of this square is the centerpiece that is a large f...Read more
  4. Hostal Dos Reis Catolicos Or Catholic Kings Hostal

    Hotel, Religious Site, Leisure, Cathedral

    Also known as the Hospital dos Reis Catolicos is now a 5-star Parador hotel, located in Santiago de Compostela. It was built in 1499 with the aim of serving as a hostal for pilgrims who slept on the streets of the city. It was like a shelter for them. This hostal is situated at the end of the Pilgrimage trail, leading to the way to Saint James. It is said to be the oldest refuge in the world. T...Read more
  5. Plaza Del Obradoiro Or Plaza De Espana

    Hotel, Church, Landmark, Walking Area

    This is the massive square of Santiago de Compostela. It is also said to be the monumental center as the square is surrounded by important buildings and monuments of Santiago. For instance, the frontal side of the square has Santiago cathedral, and in another side other important buildings like Palacio de Raxoi, the Reyes Catholics hotel and college building of Santiago’s University are s...Read more
  6. Casa Da Parra Santiago De Compostela Or Parra House

    Historical Site

    It is a baroque building and was built in late 17th century. It was designed by Domingo de Andrade. However, in the 20th century, few alterations were added to the building. For instance, upper balustrade and another floor were added to the building. The significant feature of the building is the branches of the grapes tree bordering the lower and upper doors on the right. Even the corbels that...Read more
  7. Praza De Abastos Or City Market

    Food And Drinks, Market, Architecture

    It is the market of Santiago where you can just dig into freshly prepared food that tastes like a heaven. The moment you step into the market, the aroma of food, especially the sea foods are bound to awake your sense and make you feel hungry. You get to buy fresh fish, meat, vegetables and cheese that are recently brought from the sea and the farm. Apart from the food, the architecture of the m...Read more
  8. Museum Of The Galician People Or Museo Poblo Galego

    Museum, History Museum

    This museum is located in a 17th century Convent of San Domingo de Bonaval. The museum holds collection of pieces belongs to the Galician culture, costumes, fishing techniques, farming, musical instruments and various other examples speaking about Galician history. You get to see a nice spiral staircase within the museum connecting the cloister and various other floors of the building. Beside t...Read more
  9. Mirador Parque Da Alameda

    Park, Fountain, Picnic Spot, Nature

    Popularly known as Alameda, the park is divided into three parts; Paseo da Alameda, Carballeira (oask grove) de Santa Susana and Paseo da Ferradura. Since 19th century, the park has been an important place for Santiago. Locals and tourists love to spend at least an hour in this park. Moreover, its location also plays as an added advantage in making the park popular. For instance, the park borde...Read more
  10. Monasterio De San Martin Pinario Or San Martin Pinario Monastery

    Religious Site, Landmark, Historical Site, Architecture

    It is the former Benedictine monastery of the city, situated in Plaza de la Inmaculada. At present, the monastery works as the Major Seminary student residence and headquarters of the School of Social work and also functions as the headquarters of the Theological institute of Compostela. The architectural design is a mixture of Baroque and neoclassical element. The facade has an altarpiece stru...Read more
  11. Plaza Cervantes- Santiago

    Food And Drinks, Entertainment, Performance, Plaza

    It’s a 12th century plaza, popularly known as ‘Forum’. It has been a popular meeting place for a long time. This fact has actually turned one of its streets (a busy shopping area) into a popular on called ‘Preguntoiro’. The interesting fact of this plaza is that it is located within the historic part of the city. You can spend an hour or so just by sitting in any o...Read more
  12. Cathedral Museum Or Museo Catedralicio

    Library, Museum, Statue, Cathedral

    This museum is located within the Cathedral of Santiago and houses various archeological works and arts belonging to this city. It was founded in 1930. The most treasured belonging of this museum is the Apostle’s Tomb. The museum exhibits the history of the Sanctuary where the tomb is placed. At present, the museum spreads over 4 floors, including the 16th century large Gothic cloister of...Read more
  13. Museo Das Peregrinacions E De Santiago

    Museum, Architecture , Arts And Crafts

    It is the museum of Santiago, constructed in 1951 and was opened in 1996. It is now house in the Gothic House. This house has some of the significant architectural feature of 14th century. However, with times, it has faced lot of renovation. At present, the museum has 8 rooms, highlighting the importance of European culture and Hispanic America, the pilgrimage and worship of St. James. The deta...Read more
  14. Museum Of Santiago And The Pilgrimages Or Museo De Las Peregrinaciones

    Museum, Landmark, Statue, Arts And Crafts

    The museum is said to be a tribute to Saint James, the Apostles and the pilgrims who came to visit his relics. It has been divided into three floors. The museum highlights the importance of devotion towards Saint James and the pilgrimage route that starts from the Saint James tomb. You get to see examples belonging to this pilgrimage route. The museum also has eight other rooms that include ima...Read more
  15. Convento De San Francesco

    Church, Religious Site, Historical Site, Monument

    It is a early 13th century old Franciscan monastery, located in the old town and it was declared as the Historic-Artistic monument. According to the history, San Francisco of Assisi was welcomed by a family of Compostela during his pilgrimage to Santiago. During this journey, he decided to built the convent. However, in the early 18th century the building collapsed, leaving behind five arches. ...Read more