Congreso Hotel

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

Carretera de la Estrada Km 3, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, 15894, Spain
Hotel Congreso
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Midnight!! --Transportation to Hotel From Airport

by FootWinner

I just bought an airline ticket to Santiago de Compostela, but suddenly realized that, when I arrive at the airport, it would be (after) midnight! There surely won't be any more buses, but even the taxis may no longer wait for customers! What should I do? I don't know anyone there and there is no hotel in the airport. Is there a hot-line for taxis that still operate at this hour? Any other safe, secure idea? Thanks!!

Re: Midnight!! --Transportation to Hotel From Airport

by leics

Presumably you will book a hotel before you arrive?

If so, then the hotel will be able to arrange a taxi for you if you wish.

But if a flight arrives at any airport there will be taxis waiting; they do not ignore potential custom.

Re: Midnight!! --Transportation to Hotel From Airport

by Belsaita

I would be very surprised if there were no taxis at the airport when you arrive.

In the (unlikely) case there is none, and no one around there to call, as said above, you may call to your hotel. It would not be a wise idea arriving somewhere at midnight without having you lodging arranged.

Or call to Radio Taxi Compostela, Tel. (+34) 981 569 292 (no idea if they speak English, just get this number from a phone directory)

Last bus not least, relax, midnight is not "that late" in Spain ;-)

Re: Midnight!! --Transportation to Hotel From Airport

by FootWinner

Thanks, guys. I just could not be sure if there will be any taxi around still after midnight, and I have a feeling that Santiago is a small, kind of remote place where not everyone speaks English. Are there any Santiago residents who is familar with the airport taxi situation? And do you think the taxi operator (thanks for the telephone number) will be still working then? I certain will book a hotel (the one closest to the Airport is already full), but I am not sure if the hotel management is willing to send someone at this hour to pick me.

Re: Midnight!! --Transportation to Hotel From Airport

by Ribeirasacra

You impression of SdC is very wrong. As one of the most visited locations in Spain it is hardly remote. However you are correct in that not everyone speaks English, especially the older generations.
So When you land,,, yes there will be taxis…. Have the address written down.
Hers is the link to the airport’s website. All the information you want is here.

Re: Midnight!! --Transportation to Hotel From Airport

by Belsaita

Why the hotel would not be willing to send you a taxi? They usually get a commission for these services and the taxi drivers are usually more than happy to get some extra money with an airport service

But as said, it's more likely you don't have any problems, most likely there will be taxis waiting at the airport. Never arrived to SdC at night, but I did in more remote airports and survived. You are not arriving that late and it's not a remote destination in the middle of nowhere. It's a very visited town since more than 1000 years ago :)))

You don't need a hotel close to the airport, Santiago airport is just about 10 Km from the city center. A taxi to the center will cost you only a few euros and 10 minutes more

Re: Midnight!! --Transportation to Hotel From Airport

by Belsaita

hehe Pedro, maybe midnite is late for Spain but not so late for Spaniards ;-))

Re: Midnight!! --Transportation to Hotel From Airport

by FootWinner

Thanks everyone, now I feel a lot better, a lot reassured. I have booked a hotel (hotels are more expensive there than in BCN!), but I don't feel like asking them to pick me up. Thanks for the time you took!

Travel Tips for Santiago de Compostela

20km daily

by magoz

Hi have you started walking ?
or maybe you have finished
If you begin in Leon , 20Km is very realistic, this could even include about 2 to 3 rest days if needed

mag oz (camino Dreamer ) Fresh air, rural life ., spanish food and people , simplicity

Los Caballeros de Santiago - Order of St James

by breughel

Originally, this order consisted of Galician's who, by 1160, worried about the residence of the pilgrims on the road leading to Compostela. Some were canons, the others formed a laymen's brotherhood of knights.
Their military action began far from Santiago, because they were entrusted with the protection of Caceres, in Estremadura, only just reconquerred on the Muslims.
They then established an order of chivalry: Caballeros de la Espada, "Knights of the Sword" in memory of the sword of the apostle St James Matamoros.
In the 16th century, the Order became very powerful and possessed hundreds of commanderies, as many castles, around thirty convents, hospitals, two hundred churches, cities and villages, and the university in Salamanca. The seat of the order was established in Ucles, in the Province of Cuenca.

The order comprised several affiliated classes: canons, charged with the administration of the sacraments; canonesses, occupied with the service of pilgrims; religious knights living in community, and married knights. This right to marry and the mildness of the rule of the Canons of St. Augustine furthered the rapid spread of the order.
The Brothers wore the white mantle, with on the left-hand side of the breast a red cross terminating in a sword, which recalls their title de la Espada, and a shell which they owed to their connection with the pilgrimage of St. James.
The number of knights was then 400 and they could muster more than 1000 "lances" for their participation in the famous battle of Las Navas de Tolosa in 1212 which terminated the domination of the Almohades.
In 1592, king Philippe II incorporated the Order to the Crown of Spain.
Since this time, the kings of Spain preserved the titles and the dignity of Grand Master and administrator of the order who is so placed under the protection of the crown.

De casualidad ... By chance

by elpariente about O Gato Negro

Este es uno de esos sitios que sólo encuentras por casualidad o porque ete lo ha recomendado un amigo de Santiago
No esperes lujos , pero si una comida riquísima en esta tasca
Inmejorables : los mejillones , la empanada de congrio , los calamares , los berberechos...

This is one of those sites that you find only by chance or because a Santiago friend recomends to you
This is one of these sites are only ete by chance or because a friend has recommended Santiago
Do not expect luxury, but a good meal in a "tasca"
Excellent: the mussels, the conger pie, squid, cockles ...

Cathedral roof

by SirRichard

This is a very interesting visit to the cathedral. In it you will climb upstairs to the very top and have a guided tour around the cathedral walking on the roof, hearing the story of it and of all the surrounding buildings. Unfortunately when we did it was raining cats and dogs, but it was our last chance to do it and we faced it happily (with a good umbrella, of course!)
The most interesting story I heard was of the man in charge of the bells. As late as the mid 20th century he lived HERE (had a hut on the roof, by the main tower, and even had here his PIGS!!! Yes, he had cattles living here and he grew his own veggies and plants up here. He was a tailor as well, so people who wanted a suit had to come all the way up for him to take measures (No lift, sorry).

The Finisterre Extension !!

by into-thin-air

As I said in my Introduction, The Further West you walk --- The Better it Gets !! And this is most Noticeable if you do " The Finisterre Extension " to the " Camino de Santiago " It is approximately another 100k from Santiago de Compostela to the Light-House on Cape Finisterre and I would Really recommend this IF you have the time !! The Scenery is Fantastic, The Refugios are Wonderful, The People are Smashing and I think that it is an Excellent way to finish your walk !!!


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