The city is just under an hour away from our house. So it an easy day trip from the Ribeira Sacra or you can reach us with ease after a flight landing at the airport.
UNESCO declared the city of Santiago de Compostela as a World Heritage site in 1985.
Although there is a lot more to this city to explore let's start here.
According to legend, the apostle Saint James brought Christianity to this part of Spain. The site where he was supposedly buried is now the site of the Cathedral. Construction of the present cathedral began in 1075. The most famous architecture feature of the building is the Pórtico de la Gloria. A certain Master Mateo was the creative genius behind this work of art, the same man who was in charge of the works to the church alongside us. Today you can visit the cathedral free of charge, except the roof tours and the museum. There are frequent masses held every day.
If you are lucky you may even see the Botafumeiro being swung. There are guided tours of the of the cathedral's roof tops.
Around the cathedral area you will find number of squares: Praza do Obradoiro, Praza das Platerías, Praza de Cervantes etc Old streets like Rúa do Vilar, Rúa do Franco, Rúa Nova
Suggestions on some other places to visit include: Mercado de Abastos, Museo do Pobo Galego, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea.