Horreo 7-2 & 3 (Plaza De Galicia), Santiago de Compostela, 15702, Spain
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Car Hire - Bus Prices
Anyone can suggest to me please in regards to
1. lOCAL CAR HIRE COMPANY IN SANTIAGO. i WOULD LIKE TO PICK UP THE CAR IN SANTIAGO, SAY 6OCTOBER, RETURN IN GRANADA ON 18OCT. I KNOW THOSE LOCAL CAR HIRE COMPANY NORMALLY HAS GOOD RATES AND SADLY, IN SPANISH TOO. i NEED SOMEONE TO HELP ME WITH FINDING OUT THE INFO..
2. WHAT ABOUT A CHEAP AND RELIABLE BUS COMPANZ FROM SANTIAGO TO PORTO. ANY SPECIAL PRICE FOR 2 PEOPLE?
Appeciate any help. I plan to visit santiago for 3nights.
THANKS VTERS in advance
RE: Car Hire - Bus Prices
In Santiago I know only the major hire companies; I have never seen local companies tere.
Regarding buses to porto, for prices and schedules, check www.alsa.es
RE: Car Hire - Bus Prices
I live in Galicia so maybe of some help. You ask for local car hire companies but you want to drop off the car in Grenada. So by local I assume you mean Spanish.
There are many national companies. Below are just a few I can think off. Dropping the car in a different city should be no problem.
Those I have listed after I searched the Internet and I have not used and so I can't recommend one service in particular. There are many more web sites.
You will need an international permit to drive here. Most hire companies will not bother with it but if you are stopped by the Guardia Civil (Police) you may get fined for not having a translation. You can get one from the AAA in the states. Most hire companies have automatic, if you are able to drive a manual change gear boxed car. However here in Europe automatics are usually bigger cars so getting a bargain may prove hard as 99% of hire cars are manual.
I would suggest that you don’t hire your car whilst you are visiting SdC, as it is a small city, in which you can walk around.
For a bus service i will post part 2 as there is alimit on the characters you can post on this forum......
RE: Car Hire - Bus Prices
For a bus service you I would recommend that apart from the posting above you visit the bus station in SdC. There you will find all the bus companies offices. At the various booking offices they will have timetables displayed. They will not have any booklets published, so you must take a pen and paper to make a note. You must purchase a ticket before boarding the bus. It should also be noted that the booking offices are two floors above the bus stands. Carrying your luggage up and down can take time. When I was last there the lift and escalators were not working!
Most bus routes only have one company there is no competition with each other so the price will be fixed! No bargains here either, sorry.
Enjoy your stay here in Spain.
Travel Tips for Santiago de Compostela
Peregrinos y La Tuna
Los peregrinos y los tunos son personajes que van ligados a la vida de Santiago de Compostela :
- Los peregrinos que con sus conchas , su bastón y su pesada mochila llegan a Santiago , después de haber deseado "Ultreya" infinidad de veces a los que han encontrado en el camino , y que van en dirección a la Catedral para completar su " Camino " , que pued ser místico , religioso o simplemente deportivo , pero que en todos los casos será algo inolvidable
- Los tunos . Santiago es una ciudad con gran tradición estudiantil y universitaria y por eso siempre te puedes encontrar a estudiantes o "eternos estudiantes " , que con sus capas negras llenas de cintas de colores , alegran las noches de Santiago con su música y sus canciones
Tunos and pilgrims and characters that are linked to the life of Santiago de Compostela:
- Pilgrims with their shells, their stick and their heavy backpack , arrive in Santiago , after the desire "Ultreya" many times to all those that found in their way, going towards the Catedral to complete their "Camino " , which can be mystical, religious or sportive , but in all cases will be unforgettable
- The Tunos. Santiago is a city with a great tradition of colleges and universities and therefore you can always find students or "eternal students", with their black coat full of colured laces and ribbons , that makes happy the night in Santiago with their music and songs%c
I like to photograph town sewers wherever I go. I started doing it in Zanzibar, and since then I discovered some of them are really masterpieces of urban art. This was not particularly beautiful, but anyway here it is.
The Cathedral of Santiago is the center of the old town. Everything evolves around it and it is the most important thing to see if you are in Santiago.
It's from the 11th century and has a mixture of styles: from romanesque to baroque and plateresque additions and restorations . The saint Santiago is buried in it.
You should go to see a mass of the "botafumeiro" (even if you're not a Catholic) because it is amazing. Find out what it is in another of my tips.
Museo do Pobo Galego (Galician people)
The museum is located in the Convent of San Domingo de Bonaval founded in the 13th Century. Most of the present building however, is Baroque, notably its façade.
It offers an ethnological and anthropological walkthrough the history of the Galician people, from their Celtic origins onwards. The rooms contain a wide range of popular Galician folk culture: fishing, agricultures, livestock farming, trades, housing, traditional costumes and dances, ceramics, musical instruments and literature.
Most impressive is the spectacular triple spiral staircase, a daring structure by Domingo de Andrade that connects the cloister with the various different floors of the building.
It was real fun to walk up by the various stairs without being able to join each other.
Besides the museum one can also visit the convent church. It has a basilica-based design with three naves and three apses. The inside is a transition from Romanesque to the Gothic style.
The church contains the Pantheon of Famous Galician's such as the novelist Rosalía de Castro.
Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 20:00 h.
Sundays and public holidays from 11:00 to 14:00 h.
Closed on Mondays.
Praza do Obradoiro - Square of the Stonecutters
This Square (named after the workmen who toiled on the construction of the Cathedral, and the place where their tools and materials were stored) sits in front of the Northern Facade of the Cathedral - its main entrance.
Facing the Cathedral, to your left is the Hostal dos Reis Catolicos - The luxury parador, which was originally a shelter for the poor and infirm.
Opposite the Cathedral is the Palacio de Rajoy- (Rajoy Palace) - Founded in 1766 as a residence for choirboys,a seminary for priests, a civic meeting hall and a prison. It is now the Town Hall.
Between the Hostal and the Town Hall, sitting off the square, is the Church of San Fructoso. This 18th century church has a facade, which is popularly believed to depict the four suits of a card pack, but they represent Prudence, Justice, Strength and Temperance- The 4 Cardinal Virtues.
The East of the Square houses the Colegio de San Xerome, which is the University of Compostelas rectorship. Originally it was the Old Hospital and also housed the faculty of Arts.
The Prazas' paving looks old, but it is probably the most modern addition, with the slabs being laid to protect clothing from the mud of this former swamp. The point in the centre where the paths intersect is considered the end of the Camino de Santiago.
You might spot people laying down in the centre of the square- not neccesarily exhausted pilgrims, but it is a trick of the eye, that by assuming this position, it looks as if the Cathedral is falling towards You!
The night before The Feast of Santiago on 25th July a spectacular firework display is held here.
Having just returned from a quick visit to SDC, I'm surprised to see how quiet the square was in my January photos- It is very different in August, when this square is much more crowded
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