The capital of Galicia has always been a tourist attraction at any time of the year to visit it for its different essential places to visit. Although it is not the largest city in its community, Yes, it is the most visited thanks to its the Cathedral of Santiago of Compostela, the Plaza de Obradoiro one he Monastery of San Martiño Pinario, among other historical buildings.
Whether you are a pilgrim finishing the Camino or if you are a passing tourist, the first thing is to visit the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. It is one of the most beautiful religious buildings in all of Spain, and its architectural style is a mixture of Romanesque and Baroque. When you pass by the back of the High Altar, don't forget to queue to embrace the figure of the apostle.
Plaza del Obradoiro: take a good look at the facade of the Cathedral and take a look at one of the most iconic buildings in the Plaza: the Hospital of the Catholic Monarchs (also known as Hostal de los Reyes Católicos). It was built in pure Plateresque style after the visit of the Catholic Monarchs to Santiago de Compostela, with the intention of welcoming the pilgrims who, finished the Camino, they will need help. Today it is a Parador.
further, this city also combines its ancestral air with beautiful green areas and a youthful air contributed. It also stands out for hosting in its monumental Cathedral, the tomb of the Apostle Santiago. This fact has made the temple one of the main pilgrimage destinations in Europe during the Middle Ages through the so-called Santiago's road, a religious route that communicated the Iberian Peninsula with the rest of the continent.
Then, next to the Cathedral, you can visit the Pazo de Gelmírez, an old episcopal palace with a primitive Roman portico hidden behind the new façade built in the 18th century, a medieval kitchen and the 13th century Food and Party Hall. further, very close is the Food Market that has been running since 1873 where you will find fresh products at an amazing price and above all, Galician products of a high quality.
Outside the old town, is the Collegiate Church of Santa María del Sa, church built in the 12th century on the banks of the river Sar is, together with the Cathedral, the church that preserves most of its original Romanesque factory. Its construction was made outside the medieval wall of Compostela, in a location that has a long and deep Compostela tradition. The Sar neighborhood owes its name to the river that runs through it.
Northeast of the city, outside the city walls, there is the Museum of the Galician People, which occupies the old convent of San Domingo de Bonaval and which currently collects the customs and traditions of the Galician people.
With the visit of all these buildings of enormous historical and patrimonial value, an interesting option, maxime if you come from doing the Camino de Santiago, is to make a stop at Scorching Medieval Gaia restaurant, a restaurant specialized in grilled meat of yearling veal and Iberian pork, and traditional Galician dishes.