"Santiago de Compostela- 2004 JUBILEE year" Santiago de Compostela by Tami_G

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The Cathedral of Santiago

"...of all the ancient Spanish cities, the one that seems to be immobilised in a granite dream, immutable and eternal, is Santiago de Compostela... It does not seem ancient but more eternal...". Valle-Incl?n.
Santiago de Compostela is my hometown. It is the capital of the province of A Coruna in the northwest of Spain. It is a very vibrant small city full of history. There are two main parts of the city: the old town and the new town. We call them "zona vieja" and "zona nueva". The old town is beautiful!!!The name Santiago comes from the Apostol Santiago (Saint James). "Compostela" comes from the latin "campus stellae" which means "field of stars".

Some useful links on Santiago:
SantiagoTurismo
(English version)
Galinor
(English version)
Obradoiro
(only Spanish)
Xacobeo
This year is a holly year in Santiago and it's full of tourists. Many pilgrims come through the "Road to Santiago" on foot, horse, bike.... It's a nice moment to come, but if you don't like crowds just come another year or don't come in the summer.
WEBCAM in the Obradoiro square: Webcam

RUAS

The streets ("ruas" in Galician) of the old town are very pretty.
Santiago is above all a college town. The University of Santiago is one of the oldest and most prestigious of Spain. The city is always full of students and tourists and the nightlife is great. There are lots of bars, pubs and clubs to go out to. The best time to party is during the school year when the students are here. And of course, as this is Spain, you go out to party around 11-12 at night and go back home between 5 and 8 am.

The Food

The food in all the region of Galicia is very good. Seafood and fish are specially famous in the region and of very good quality. There are also many meat dishes and lots of other good food. So if you come to Santiago don't go to Mc Donald's or Burger King. Please try some of the typical food.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful old town!!!
  • Cons:the RAIN! (although I have to admit this year the weather has been wonderful!)
  • In a nutshell:History, culture, art, and fun
  • Intro Updated Jun 20, 2004
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  • Pellerin's Profile Photo
    Feb 24, 2008 at 11:33 PM

    Is there any accommodation in Ponte Maceira. I would love to stay a few days on my way to Fisterra in September. caminojunkie@gmail.com

  • Wiseman1964's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2006 at 7:28 PM

    Hi , NiceTips and photos!!!! Best wishes and travels Tami! Cheers Ken

  • RACCOON1's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2005 at 5:30 AM

    Some friends did the Camino de Santiago last year ( by bike from Pamplona) . It is obvious that they will remember that two weeks forever.

  • rwlittle's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2005 at 9:19 AM

    Great tips, sounds like a fun place to visit!

  • aramat's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2004 at 3:14 PM

    Extremely helpful page, thanks! I'll definitely visit Santiago one day (hopefully next summer).

  • talmid's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2004 at 8:39 PM

    Muy bonita tu pagina, y mucha informacion util. He encontrado respuesta a muchas de mis preguntas :) Saludos!

  • joernme's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2004 at 2:15 AM

    Hola Tami, que linda tu pgina de tu ciudad. Visite SC hace 2 anos y me gusto muchissimo! Y la naturaleza en Galicia - wow! Ya no tengo un sitio de Galicia, pero si tambien tengo un poco de arte con lluvia en mi HP... Saludos desde un Alemania lluvioso!

  • travelife's Profile Photo
    May 16, 2004 at 12:57 PM

    Nice pictures of Santiago de Compostela. ´How lucky you are.. living an a pigrimage site! Happy travels!

  • jto's Profile Photo
    Apr 19, 2004 at 12:26 AM

    Beautiful! Ive always wanted to visit Galicia. I think it sounds like the most interesting part of Spain. The food tip sounded so delicious. Really lovely page

  • conny_bazen's Profile Photo
    Apr 12, 2004 at 8:36 AM

    Great info and pictures!! Beautiful hometown!

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