Attractions

Top Choice Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela

Catedral de Santiago de Compostela

The grand heart of Santiago, the cathedral soars above the city in a splendid jumble of spires and sculpture. Built piecemeal over several centuries, its beauty is a mix of the original Romanesque structure (constru…
Top Choice Plaza in Santiago de Compostela

Praza do Obradoiro

The grand square in front of the cathedral's west facade earned its name (Workshop Sq) from the stonemasons' workshops set up here while the cathedral was being built. It's free of both traffic and cafes, and has a …
Top Choice Museum in Santiago de Compostela

Museo da Catedral

The Cathedral Museum spreads over four floors and incorporates the cathedral's large 16th-century Gothic/plateresque cloister. You'll see a sizeable section of Maestro Mateo's original carved-stone choir (destroyed …
Top Choice Museum in Santiago de Compostela

Museo das Peregrinacións e de Santiago

The brightly displayed Museum of Pilgrimages & Santiago gives fascinating insights into the phenomenon of Santiago (man, city and pilgrimage) down the centuries. Much of the explanatory material is in English as…
Top Choice Historic Building in Santiago de Compostela

Hostal dos Reis Católicos

Stretching across the northern end of Praza do Obradoiro, the Hostal dos Reis Católicos was built in the early 16th century by order of the Catholic Monarchs, Isabel and Fernando, as a recuperation centre for exhaus…
Monastery in Santiago de Compostela

Mosteiro de San Martiño Pinario

This huge baroque monastery looming over Praza da Inmaculada is now a seminary, and its central sections, including the grand cloister, aren't open to visitors – but its enormous church, with spectacular decoration,…
Museum in Santiago de Compostela

Museo do Pobo Galego

This museum in a former convent is a fascinating window into traditional Galician ways of life that still persist in some rural areas. Displays range over music, agriculture, architecture, fishing and more, with exh…
Plaza in Santiago de Compostela

Praza da Quintana

Broad Praza da Quintana opens up outside the cathedral's eastern end. The cathedral's Puerta Santa here is opened only in holy years (next in 2021): it's flanked by 24 Romanesque sculptures of biblical figures that …
Palace in Santiago de Compostela

Pazo de Xelmírez

The Pazo de Xelmírez is the 12th-century bishop's palace adjoining the cathedral's north side. It hosts what are often very interesting temporary exhibitions related to the cathedral. The banquet hall is adorned wit…
Plaza in Santiago de Compostela

Praza das Praterías

'Silversmiths' Sq' is marked by an elegant 1825 fountain, the Fuente de los Caballos, a popular photo op, with the cath­edral's Romanesque south portal at the top of the steps. Curiously, the baroque Casa do Cabido,…