Santiago de Compostela

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As well as being Galicia's capital, Santiago de Compostela is also one of the world's great pilgrimage destinations, a magical city, of stone, arcaded streets and numerous beautiful churches and cathedrals. The pilgrimage ends at the cathedral, but as well as exploring this splendid, soaring tribute to St. James, which has been wonderfully added to over the centuries since it was first built in the 11th, it's also worth spending some time in the cathedral museum. As a hugely popular destination, the best places to stay in Santiago de Compostela vary enormously from cheap and cheerful B&Bs to high end hotels. There's certainly something for all tastes and budgets.

Most of Santiago's interesting buildings can be found within the oval shape of the old medieval walls.

Santiago is at its busiest during the warmer half of the year, and there's a festival atmosphere coming in off the pilgrim's trail and into town. But it's still lovely during the cooler months, and many people say this city is at its most magical when it's glistening with rain.

If you want to bag a bed in one of the best places to stay in Santiago de Compostela during July and August, you'll need to be organised and book well ahead.

Best Places to Stay in Santiago de Compostela

For central location

  • Costa Vella in Santiago de Compostela, is a charming, 14 room hotel right by the cathedral. Rooms have huge windows, some of them overlooking a beautiful central courtyard garden filled with magnolias and fountains. Rooms start from £43 per night

For out of town luxury

  • .A Quinta de Auga is a classic spa hotel just outside Santiago de Compostela. Its gardens are lovely, its food gourmet, and the rooms are luxurious.

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  • Costa Vella

    Santiago de Compostela

    A charming hotel close to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Rooms feature open beams, light wood furniture and huge windows. A beautiful courtyard garden filled with magnolia trees, vines, and fountains. An unbeatable location for exploring this historic Spanish town. Excellent value.

    14 rooms from $55
    Local exploring  -  Unbeatable location for exploring this UNESCO listed town
    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Cathedral of St James
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
  • A Quinta de Auga

    Santiago de Compostela

    Classic contemporary hotel. Opulent rooms have rustic-style wallpapers, luxurious bathrooms, wooden floors and baroque furniture. Indoor pool, spa, games room and lovely gardens. Excellent regional cuisine in romantic restaurant. Pretty, relaxing and good value.

    51 rooms from $154
    Spa breaks  -  Set just outside the historic city, with lashings of peace and quiet, enjoy the tranquil grounds of this excellent spa hotel
    Local markets  -  Santiago hosts a large traditional market: seafood, meat, fish, cheese, honey, baked goods, vegetables, wines and spirits
    Sailing  -  Experience that can be combined with a tasting at each port of the special products of each area
    Fishing  -  Rivers and reservoirs in the area are rich in species such as trout and salmon
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Relais & Chateaux
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