Welcome to Santiago de Compostela. From this virtual door opens for you the capital of the Autonomous Community of Galicia; a city declared World Heritage by UNESCO thanks to its monumental beauty, extraordinary conservation and for being the goal of a millenary pilgrimage route: the Camino de Santiago, which since the ninth century transformed this place of the finis terrae into a meeting point of faith and thought of the western world.
Santiago de Compostela is an apparition of stone nestled between the green forests of the Spanish Northwest and the nearby Galician estuaries. It began as a place of passage next to a Roman road, but the discovery of the tomb of the Apostle Santiago at the beginning of the 9th century gave rise to a place of worship in the confines of a peninsula then dominated by the Muslim invasion. From then on, all of Europe set out towards Santiago, the holy city of Christianity in which the grace of plenary absolution awaited them. There emerged a Romanesque cathedral to which the passing of the centuries wanted to add the sobriety of the Renaissance and the majesty of a Baroque that ended up tracing the monumental image of the city, made of the granite of its monasteries, its pilgrim hospitals, its numerous churches, its stately homes and squares in which time chose to stand still.
Tradition is still alive and the spirituality of the continent continues to look to Compostela, as demonstrated by the last Holy Years and as will undoubtedly be proved by the jubilee event of 2021. For visitors the city keeps its treasures, which are exhibited in 16 museums, and the surprising richness of its contemporary architecture, signed by Eisenman, Hejduk or Siza, around which extends the most important endowment of parks and gardens in Galicia.
In this scenario, cultural manifestations -from popular festivities to annual music, film and theatre festivals, permanent and itinerant exhibitions- sprout strongly from the hand of a public and private initiative led by the five times centenary University of Santiago, whose classrooms add 23 thousand students to a stable population of around 100 thousand compostelanos.
Throughout the year, several million visitors are added to them. Those who arrive exhausted by devotion; those who come called by the monumental prodigy or those who choose Compostela as a place for their professional events: all end up being integrated into the permanent celebration that is life in the city, especially during the Festivals of the Apostle, declared of International Tourist Interest. For your well-being Santiago has a network of accommodation that exceeds 10,700 places -3,500 of them in hotels-, as well as 5,000 places available in specific infrastructures for meetings and congresses – and a gastronomic offer capable of satisfying all palates and all pockets. Not in vain have we been for more than a thousand years a land of universal welcome, a point of arrival and encounter born for the daily exercise of hospitality.
In the 21st century, the city offers not only large shops and specialized shops, but also the pleasure of shopping while walking.
Small dimensions and security make Santiago a friendly city and easy to travel.