Take one of our cheap flights to Santiago and discover a city that is watched over by its Cathedral. Everything in this city smells of stone and dampness, as the authentic Compostela atmosphere involves a large amount of rainfall.
Every year, thousands of pilgrims walk the Camino de Santiago trail, ending up in this charming city, where they visit the tomb of the apostle Saint James the Greater. Legend has it that his remains are kept in this Cathedral. This pilgrimage marked the foundation of the city, and continues to record its evolution.
Due to its beautiful Old Town and its Baroque, Romanesque and Gothic buildings, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985, and ‘one of the most beautiful Old Towns in the world’. It is essential to take in the Old Town’s beauty in its entirety. Wander through Franco Street and enjoy the smells of the best gastronomy, wafting from the restaurants on either side. Don’t forget to sample empanadas, cheese, seafood, fish and Santiago cake. Visit the Fonseca Palace and enter its magnificent courtyard, and discover the four buildings on Obradoiro Square, namely the Cathedral, the Hostel of the Catholic Kings, the San Jeronimo Palace and the Rajoy, which is now the town Hall. Head to Quintana Square and sit on its steps to enjoy the magnificent sounds around you, visit the numerous churches dotted throughout the city, and don’t miss the picture-perfect Old World Market, selling quality Galician products. With regard to nightlife, the lively university students are bound to show you a good time. Head to one of the many pubs to socialise and have a great night out.
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