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How to Spend 1 Day in Santiago de Compostela

How to Spend 1 Day in Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Spain’s northwestern province of Galicia, marks the end of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. But, the city’s distinctive cuisine and Old Town architecture provide plenty for history buffs and foodies to discover, as well. If you have just one day here, read on to get the best from this medieval gem.

Morning: City Sights

Most of Santiago’s must-sees lie in its Old Town (Zona Vella), a UNESCO World Heritage Site: It’s compact and traffic-free, so easy to cover on foot in a few hours. Join a free or conventional guided walking tour to ensure you sightsee without getting lost and with a guide’s insight. Day trips from cities within striking distance, such as Porto, often include Santiago de Compostela.

Tours typically cover the Romanesque cathedral’s exterior—with recommendations to explore inside independently later—and its surrounding Plaza del Obradoiro square, as well as nearby squares and highlights such as the Plaza de Abastos market. Add some cuisine to your cultural discovery with an Old Town tour that includes lunch at an authentic local restaurant.

Afternoon: Santiago’s Foods

Santiago de Compostela is a foodie haunt thanks to its Galician cuisine. Discover the city’s traditional and modern cuisine, including specialties such as Galician empanadas (flat pastry pies) and fresh seafood on an afternoon lunch tour around the Old Town. Guides often share information on the origins of the food and the city’s wider culinary culture. 

If you prefer a more grassroots look at Santiago’s food scene, check out tours of its central Abastos market and food shops to test-run staples such as tortilla, cheeses, and the nutty Santiago almond cake.

Night: Sunset and Tapas Time

As a university town, Santiago has a lively nightlife scene, with much of the action centered on the tapas bars and pubs of the cobbled Old Town. Hop between tapas joints and stop to admire the sunset-washed medieval squares on an evening food walking tour. Stop to taste tapas made with Galician octopus and cured meats paired with wines from the region. End the night at an Old Town bar for a nightcap of orujo, Galicia’s popular pomace liquor.

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Old Town of Santiago de Compostela Walking Tour

Old Town of Santiago de Compostela Walking Tour

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• Ticket to participate in a 2 hour walking tour through the main streets of Santiago de Compostela Old Town • Includes the main squares around the cathedral • Local places you won't find in tourist guides: Mercado de Abastos, narrow streets, hidden squares • The best views of the Cathedral from the Alameda Park.
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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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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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Santiago Market and Food Tour

Santiago Market and Food Tour

Immerse yourself in Santiago de Compostela’s thriving food scene, and enjoy plenty of generous samples, on this lunchtime walking tour. Meet in the city center, and be sure to arrive with an appetite. You’ll try classic Spanish tortilla at a local bar, will sample cured meats at the city’s bustling market, will see local cheeses being made, will order classic Galician empanadas, and much more. This tour also includes tastes of wine and a local liqueur.
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