San Vicente

Marantes 12, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, 15884, Spain
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Barcelona - Compostela

by abapicho

Hi everyone,

I'm planning for my trip to spain in october, i will spend the most of the time in barcelona
yet would like to visit Santiago de Compostela!
what are the possibilities to get there? taking "time" into consideration?

Re: Barcelona - Compostela

by Maryimelda

How much time have you got? It sure is worth the effort to go to Santiago de Compostela. SpanAir have regular flights at reasonable prices but if you want to see some of the countryside and if you have plenty of time up your sleeve to allow you to do so, you could go by bus or train. To do it comfortably you would probably be wise to break the journey and overnight somewhere like Burgos. You would only need a day or two in Compostela as the town is very compact and very easy to negotiate by foot.

Re: Barcelona - Compostela

by abapicho

thanks Mary,

i prefer not to have internal flights, to take advantage of knowing more the country!
Burgos i s a nice suggestion,... can we get there using both train and bus?

Re: Barcelona - Compostela

by Miguelzgz

If you decide not to fly, then you may have problems wich cities or villages to visit as it is a long distance and many interesting places to visit. Maybe one way by bus/train and return by plane?

Link to viamichelin and your itinerary

I hope it will work, if not I recomend you to do the search in viamichelin. Zaragoza-Burgos-Leon should be worthy a visit...maybe if the public transport has good schedules you can do it, just leave the coach for some hours visit the city centre(nice cathedrals and old quarters) and continue the route...but it is not a relaxed trip...

Good luck.

Re: Barcelona - Compostela

by Carmela71

Even If I love driving along Spain, unless you have a couple of weeks off, I would suggest to take an internal direct flight (vueling & clickair from 30 euros each way, check prices at at least one of the ways, if not you will spent most of your time on trains & Buses.

Zaragoza / Burgos / Leon / Santiago (as said before) would be also my suggestion (trains schedules, for buses so you can check if timetables are compatible with your plans)

but if you have a week, I would suggest a minimum of 4 days in Barcelona and to fly to Santiago for the rest of the time, or maybe spend the rest of the week in Zaragoza (festival on the 12th October).

Hope this helps


Re: Barcelona - Compostela

by abapicho

thank you guys! :)

Travel Tips for Santiago de Compostela

Parks and green zones

by keltic

Santiago is the city with more parks than any other in Spain, with fifteen international urbanism prizes offers perfect places to live and relax. Don´t miss parks like Alameda, Bonaval, Parque Auditorio, Residencia, Monte Pedroso. It´s my city and I know different prespective from tourists. It´s worthy getting on the seven hills of the city. You´ll have great views of the Old Town and the Cathedral. The best view is from Monte Pedroso.

Odd street names

by berenices

Most local streets are named after famous local personages, or in this part of Iberia, saints. But every now and then, one comes across street names which are odd, or downright amusing...certain to leave a smile on your face. In Santiago de Compostela, I saw a few, but this one cracked me says Ruela de Sae se Podes, which means "get out if you can street"...if was of course a dead-end street, short and ending in a high wall! Some witty minor city employee must have had a hell of a good time naming these streets!

Comer en lacalle / Eating in the street

by elpariente about Mercado Medieval/Medieval Market

Coincidimos en nuestro viaje con un mercado medieval , que a parte de los puestos en los que se vendía artesanía , recuerdos ... , tenía una sección dedicada a comida , que en vez de contarte todo lo que había te invito a que veas las fotos y te hagas una idea

In our visit there was a medieval market, where in some of the stalls they sold handicrafts, souvenirs ... , but they had a section devoted to food and rather than tell you everything that there were wewant to invite you to view the photos and you will get an idea

Cathedral - history

by micas_pt

The Cathedral’s construction begun in 1075 and it took about one century to finish (1211). Along the years, the Cathedral was refurbished some times, and this is why nowadays we may enjoy the several historical styles and artistic tendencies that mix together.

The Cathedral was built where formerly stood the first chapels. The mentioned first chapels were where the Apostles’ ashes were found.

Praza das Praterias (Silversmiths Square)

by suvanki

This pleasant Square is flanked by the South Facade of the Cathedral, a row of silvesmiths shops, the 18th century Baroque Casa do Cabildo, which is a residence for the Cathedrals clergy and a former bank, which now holds exhibitions. Following the steps to the right of the Cathedral leads into A Quintana Square (See my previous tip) Exiting at the bottom end leads onto Rua do Vilar, Rua de Franco and Rua de Raina and their many bars and restaurants.

In the centre of the square is an attractive fountain (Fuente de los Caballos - Fountain of the Horses) with 4 horses heads spouting water into the basin below. Apparently the horses have webbed feet, but if someone offers to show you, be warned, it's usually just a trick to get you near enough to be splashed with water!

The Square gets its name from the many silversmiths who worked here (and still do)

Above some of these workshop windows can be seen stone sculptures of faces which are quite interesting (to the right of the steps). Please see pictures below


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