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Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (Catedral de Santiago de Compostela) Tours

Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (Catedral de Santiago de Compostela)
The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (Catedral de Santiago de Compostela) is one of the most important shrines in Christendom, believed to be the final resting place of St. James the Greater, one of the Twelve Apostles. The Romanesque, Gothic, and baroque structure is the terminus of the Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James) pilgrimage routes through Northern Spain.
 
The Basics
Whether you’re a pilgrim wishing to bask in the presence of an important holy site or merely interested in one of the most fantastic spots in Europe, the cathedral is a must-see for the sweep and scope of its art and architecture.
 
Many visitors explore the cathedral and surrounding town on a day trip from Porto just across the Portuguese border. To get a sense of the pilgrimage experience, it’s also possible to take a self-guided walk along the last 62 miles (100 kilometers) of the Way of St. James over the course of a week or opt for a weeklong guided cycling tour of the pilgrimage route.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is a must-see for spiritual travelers and architecture buffs.
  • Remember to dress respectfully, as the cathedral is an active place of worship.
  • The cathedral offers an audio guide in English covering the basilica and museum collection.
  • Entrance to the cathedral is free, but the museum requires a ticket.
 
How to Get There
Most visitors arrive at the cathedral on foot as part of a pilgrimage, and it’s easy to walk to and from just about anywhere in the relatively small Santiago. The easiest way to get there from other cities in Spain is to take the train; the station is within walking distance of the city center. You can also visit as part of a day trip from Porto, Portugal.
 
When to Get There
The basilica and its museum are both open daily throughout the year, though the museum closes on some holidays. Winter is an ideal time to visit the cathedral, as pilgrimages are rare, so you won’t have to queue up. Arrive early if you plan to attend mass in July or August, the busiest months at the cathedral.
 
Botafumeiro
On some holidays, a huge incense burner known as a Botafumeiro is hung from the main dome of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Eight men use a pulley system to swing the giant censer from side to side some 65 feet (20 meters) above the congregation.
Address: Santiago de Compostela, Dominican Republic, Spain
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9 Tours and Activities to Experience Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (Catedral de Santiago de Compostela)

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Santiago de Compostela Private Tour from Vigo with Hotel or Port Pick-up

Santiago de Compostela Private Tour from Vigo with Hotel or Port Pick-up

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Experience the historic city of Santiago de Compostela on this custom-crafted excursion. After a convenient hotel or port pickup, choose an itinerary that suits your interests and visit sites like Plaza del Obradoiro, Palacio de Raxoi, and Catedral de Santiago de Compostela. Admire its architecture and learn about the history of Santiago’s UNESCO-designated old town from an informative local guide.
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  • 8 hours
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$582.45
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Dinner Tapas Tour of Santiago

Dinner Tapas Tour of Santiago

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Get a locals' perspective on Santiago on this small-group tour that takes you through the Calle de Vinos (wine streets) of the historic city center. Visit five tapas bars and pastry shops to sample their offerings while learning from your guide about the history and cultural significance of the Galician region's cuisine. Uncover centuries of history around every corner and learn how to order and eat like a local.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Santiago de Compostela Tour with Ticket to Cathedral

Private Santiago de Compostela Tour with Ticket to Cathedral

Explore Santiago de Compostela, declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site, next to a local licensed tour guide. You will discover, explore and learn the history, legends and secrets of this wonderful city next to a local expert. This famous pilgrimage site in north-west Spain became a symbol in the Spanish Christians' struggle against Islam. Destroyed by the Muslims at the end of the 10th century, it was completely rebuilt in the following century. With its Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque buildings, the Old Town of Santiago is one of the world's most beautiful urban areas. The oldest monuments are grouped around the tomb of St James and the cathedral, which contains the remarkable Pórtico de la Gloria.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Private 8-hour Tour to Santiago de Compostela from A Coruña with Hotel pick-up

Private 8-hour Tour to Santiago de Compostela from A Coruña with Hotel pick-up

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Pilgrims hike hundreds of miles to see Santiago de Compostela in the Galicia region of Spain, but on this private tour from A Coruña, you can see the famous cathedral and the UNESCO-listed city’s other sights in just eight hours. Make your own itinerary in the city and follow it through with a private chauffeur and tour guide who provide educational commentary and round-trip transportation from A Coruña.
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  • 8 hours
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Santiago de Compostela Wine, Food, History & Nature Experience.

Santiago de Compostela Wine, Food, History & Nature Experience.

SMALL GROUP: up to 8 passengers. Unique experiences, such a catamaran ride through the canyons of the Sil river. Discover the Galician gastronomy, one of the best in Europe. Breathtaking landscapes, many of them declared World Heritage.
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  • 4 days
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Santiago de Compostela Private Walking Tour with Professional Guide

Santiago de Compostela Private Walking Tour with Professional Guide

During this walking tour, you will get to see some of the most popular tourist attractions of Santiago along with a local- professional guide who will be exclusively with you. The walking tour can be customized according to your taste and preferences. The tour timings are flexible and can be amended depending upon availability. In case of any special request, please do let us know and we would try our best to accommodate accordingly.
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  • 2 hours
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Private 8-hour Tour to Santiago de Compostela from Porto with Hotel pick-up

Private 8-hour Tour to Santiago de Compostela from Porto with Hotel pick-up

Enjoy this 8 hour private tour of Santiago de Compostela from Porto. You will be picked up from either your hotel or from the cruise port. The tour includes a chauffer in a luxury vehicle and a separate English speaking tour guide once you arrive to Santiago de Compostela. Your tour may be personalized to accompany your exact requirements. - SAVE COVID-19 SAFE - As this is a private tour we take care of maintaining social distance
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  • 8 hours
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Gourmet Lunch Tour of Santiago

Gourmet Lunch Tour of Santiago

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Combine a gourmet lunch with a stroll around Santiago de Compostela's historic quarter. Traveling with a guide allows you to get the most out of a walking tour, learning lesser-known facts and visiting hidden gems along the way. Along the walking tour, enjoy a 3-course moveable feast: stop at one restaurant for an appetizer, the next for your main meal, and a third for dessert. Listen to commentary about the city's Celtic past and culinary culture as you explore.
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  • 3 hours
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Private "Camino de Santiago" (Way Of St James): FISTERRA EPILOGUE

The Way of St James like never before: combine the pilgrimage with a unique hospitality experience, in charming hotels, with the possibility of adding exclusive menus for dinner.
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  • 6 days
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