Things to Do in Santiago de Compostela
The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (Catedral de Santiago de Compostela) is one of the most important shrines in Christendom, believed to be the final resting place of St. James the Greater, one of the Twelve Apostles. The Romanesque, Gothic, and baroque structure is the terminus of the Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James) pilgrimage routes through Northern Spain.
This Benedictine monastery is known for its architecture and décor, including a baroque exterior with gargoyles and an interior with impressive sculptures and an ornate altar. During the summer months, two 17th-century cloisters provide lodging for visitors and pilgrims walking the nearby Way of St. James.
Praza das Praterías, a pretty square in the heart of Santiago de Compostela, is perfect for people watching. The plaza is home to a scenic fountain, an imposing cathedral (the south door opens onto the plaza, and arcades at the perimeter where vendors sell silver goods and trinkets.
The pilgrimage route called Camino di Santiago (sometimes translated as Way of St. James) stretches across Europe into northern Spain and down to Santiago di Compostela. This sacred path has been followed since medieval times by faithful Christians who seek to worship at the tomb of St. James, as well as other hikers who are inspired by the spiritual “way.”
Discover beautiful beaches and dramatic cliffs during a visit to Cape Finisterre. This peninsula in Galicia is both the westernmost point in Spain and the final destination for pilgrims traveling the Way of St. James. It’s about 55 miles (89 kilometers west of Santiago de Compostela. Most travelers come here on religious pilgrimages and for swimming and sunbathing.