Probably the most renowned Galician destination, Santiago de Compostela is a stunning city that will delight everyone. History lovers will never tire of exploring its many architectural and cultural treasures, while city dwellers will discover a bustling urban centre. Those who prefer a bit of peace and quiet will be ideally located to explore the gorgeous countryside of rolling green fields and stone farmhouses.
The city is well known as the final stop in the iconic Way of St James and Santiago de Compostela’s abundant medieval architecture and historical background will astound visitors. Those of faith believe that St James the Apostle’s remains were transported and buried here after his death, and by the 11th century the city was firmly established in the European radar thanks to the many Christian pilgrims. Today, the magnificent 12th century cathedral is a true architectural jewel with its mix of Romanesque, Baroque and Gothic styles.
Easily accessible by plane or train, Santiago de Compostela’s climate is mild and sunny in summer and frosty in winter, when warm clothes are advised. The temperamental northern climate means that the area is prone to sudden showers and thus a raincoat is always adequate.
Holiday in Santiago de Compostela
After visiting the world-famous minster, you can wander towards the adjacent Cathedral Museum where visitors can admire a collection of antique tapestries, the cathedral’s original 17th century stone choir and an impressive 12th century burial crypt. If you prefer to relax, find a table by one of the many cafes dotted along Fonseca square where you can enjoy an invigorating snack while you people-watch. Head towards nearby Hostal dos Reis Catolicos, an imposing 16th century building originally designed to welcome pilgrims.
In Quintana square, travellers can explore the wonderful 14th century San Paio de Antealtares monastery, later converted to a nunnery where you can still hear the nuns sing in the evenings. From there onwards, simply lose yourself in Santiago de Compostela’s myriad of arcaded streets and cobbled lanes where you will never be short of hidden corners and ancient cafes to discover.
Good food is a key element in Santiago de Compostela, with countless mesones (traditional eateries) and asadores (grill houses) where you will sample mouth-watering local specialties such as freshly-caught scallops or traditional empanadas, meat or fish pies washed down with an excellent glass of local wine.
Summer visitors will be delighted by the city’s festival that culminates in the Feast of St James at the end of July after two weeks of festivities.
Renting holiday accommodation in Santiago de Compostela
Being such a busy destination, Santiago de Compostela’s hotels are always packed with noisy tourists. Rather than staying in the touristy district with loud crowds and overpriced knick-knacks, the best way to enjoy the city is by renting self-catered accommodation. The affable locals welcome visitors with open arms and they will be happy to share their local knowledge with you to ensure that you have the chance to make the most of your stay away from loud holidaymakers.
A holiday rental will give you the perfect excuse to have a friendly chat with your neighbour who will be more than happy to recommend the best taberna that serves the tastiest jarrete de ternera, Galician hock of beef. After a long day exploring Santiago de Compostela’s many beautiful streets you deserve to put your feet up in your very own lounge with a glass of wine. Whether you prefer to rent a modern city centre apartment or a beautiful country home in the outskirts, HouseTrip will always help you ensure that you choose the ideal holiday accommodation.