Santiago de Compostela, Spain

My husband’s dream is to walk the Camino de Santiago or the Way of Saint James. St. James or Santiago went on a missionary trip from the Holy Land to the Northwest of Spain to spread the word of God. It is said that his remains were found in Santiago de Compostela in 813. The ultimate pilgrimage route of St. James ends in Santiago Compostela.

Since I cannot take off from work long enough to walk the Camino de Santiago, my husband settled for a day trip from Madrid to Santiago de Compostela. He hopes to walk the route when he retires.

Santiago is about 6 hours drive from Madrid. To save time, we booked a flight with Ryan Air, a budget airlines that offers domestic flights within Spain as well as flights all over Europe. We got to Santiago in 1 hour and 20 minutes.

With only a day in Santiago, we spent our morning at the historic center.

Praza do Obradoiro

In the middle of the huge square is a marker with a scallop shell. It is where pilgrims celebrate the completion of their pilgrimage.

Santiago Cathedral

The cathedral holds the tomb of St. James. Visitors line up to hug the statue of the saint from behind in spiritual celebration.

Cathedral Museum

The museum houses collections from the treasury and artifacts relating to the cathedral. No photography is allowed.

Hospital of the Catholic Monarchs

Now a hotel, Hospital dos Reis Catolicos was built by Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand to give pilgrims a place to recover after their challenging journey. Access is for hotel guests only, so no photos from inside.

City Hall

The city hall was an 18th century palace, Pazo de Raxoi.

Universidad de Santiago de Compostela

With roots starting in 1495, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela is one of the oldest universities, and one of the most prestigious in Spain.

Church of St. Francis the Pilgrim

This is the first church we saw as soon as we stepped out of the parking garage. We had to check it out.

There are so much more to see in the historic center of Santiago, but my husband wanted to go to the last stop of the Camino de Santiago which is a little over an hour’s drive. We had to move on.


About Dee Gilbert

I am one half of a couple who loves to travel; the half who likes to write and share travel experiences. Reading about travelers' experiences inspire me more to see the world. So, I thought, perhaps in my own little way I could inspire others, too. :)
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8 Responses to Santiago de Compostela, Spain

  1. Jonno says:

    Stunning city, I had no idea that Santiago was quite so beautiful. We’ve walked part of the Santiago De Compostela in southern France but would love to do some of the Northern Spain section as it looks spectacular.


  2. pedmar10 says:

    A bit more and on August 16 is the Feast of San Roque very famous festival in Santiago. Nice pics! Cheers

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  3. ralietravels says:

    Its about 500 miles – I hope your husband is in shape when he retires – but I have read a few accounts about the walk and think it would be a wonderful thing to do.

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    • Dee Gilbert says:

      As a runner, I hope he will be. I’d rather he do the Camino instead of the Appalachian trail, the other thing he wants to do. There’s less chance of him getting lost in the wilderness!


  4. arlene says:

    Thank you Dee for taking us here.

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