Nestled in the north-west of Spain, Santiago de Compostela may be well known as a pilgrimage destination. However, this UNESCO World Heritage protected city has plenty to offer whether you are taking the epic 500-mile pilgrimage or choose a more relaxing method of travel. For total convenience, Santiago has its own airport which makes it ideal for a quick city break or longer stay. So, why should Santiago De Compostela be at the top of your travel list?

Five reasons to make Santiago de Compostela your next travel destination

  1. The Camino de Santiago

The Camino de Santiago is a spectacular feat. The pilgrimage runs 500-miles (780km) and begins in France in the small town of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and finishes at Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. Even if you don’t complete the whole, part or any of the walking route, it can still be incredibly emotional and powerful to people-watch in the cathedral square as pilgrims rejoice in their achievement and celebrate with loved ones.

If you’re not quite sure what the famous pilgrimage is all about, visit the Museo de las Peregrinaciones y de Santiago which is a museum dedicated to the town of Santiago and the famous pilgrimage.

  1. Contemporary and Traditional

Without a doubt, Santiago comes with a fascinating history, and many of the buildings (the cathedral, in particular) reflect the rich heritage of the area. However, Santiago is also home to many contemporary buildings too. A walk around this cultural city and you’ll see the blend of old and new.

For contemporary controversy, check out the Cidade da Cultura de Galicia that features a library, museum and several cultural centres. However, most remarkable is its design with plenty of glass, curves, leans and undulations. Some love it; some hate it, what do you think?

  1. Discover Galicia

Santiago is situated in the Galicia region of Spain which comes complete with its own language, flag and proud culture of its unique gastronomy, music and art. Sampling Galician cuisine is a must, especially if you’re a fan of seafood as octopus features heavily on Galician menus. You’ll also see a unique twist with the local tortilla de patatas and the cheese offering. When in Santiago, make sure you also try the city’s dessert; the Tarta de Santiago, which is a sweet almond sponge cake.

  1. The History

Santiago is the perfect city for ambling, wandering and people watching. However, if you want to learn more about the historic centre, majestic buildings, quaint stone houses and winding streets, then head to the local tourism office. Here, they can offer an audio guide that gives you an interesting insight into to city centre as it guides you around the many squares, old streets and city parks.

Make sure to walk through Prazo do Obradoiro which is a street filled with stone houses and is home to some of the best restaurants in Santiago.

  1. Noia

While Santiago has plenty to offer in the city itself, it is just a short drive away to the coast of Galicia. The wild Atlantic coast is reason enough to visit; however, the coastline also has some picturesque towns that are well worth a visit, such as Noia. Drivalia offers all-inclusive affordable car hire in Santiago which is perfect for exploring the city and nearby coastal towns.

Noia has a beautiful old centre filled with charming buildings and an incredible gothic cathedral. As a fishing town, a seafood dish in Noia will be as fresh as it can be, just ask for the catch of the day.

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