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Santiago de Compostela

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About Santiago de Compostela

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.

The best way to make your way around the city is on foot. Indeed private cars are not allowed in the Old Town in the summer months from morning to dusk. 

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.

For a 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.

For value chic

  • Costa Vella is a charming hotel close to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Boasting a beautiful courtyard garden filled with magnolia trees, vines, and fountains. This is an unbeatable location for exploring this historic Spanish town.
  • A Casa Da Torra Branca is a beautifully renovated 17th century farmhouse offering chic and cosy rooms in a village setting.

For an apartment

  • If you've decided that a self catering property would be more suitable for your holiday, then we recommend you visit our online booking partner, booking.com where they have a wide selection for all tastes and budgets.

Travel Information

  • Fly to the well connected Santiago de Compostela Airport located a convenient 10km from the city centre.
  • Santiago de Compostela is easy to reach by train with direct lines from Madrid, San Sebastián, Hendaye and Barcelona.
  • Best time to visit - for warm sunny days plan a trip between July - September where temperatures range from 18°C - 24°C.
  • If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Holiday Autos for the best prices.

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  1. Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Santiago de Compostela.

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Best Hotels in Santiago de Compostela

  • Costa Vella 14 rooms from $56

    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.

    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
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  • A casa da Torre Branca 9 rooms from $57

    Santiago de Compostela (Santiago de Compostela,)

    A beautifully renovated 17th century farmhouse offering chic and cosy rooms in a village setting. Natural stone walls, exposed beams and period furniture add rustic charm. Fresh food is served in the restaurant with a good selection of Spanish wines. A charming authentic delight.

    Back to Nature  -  In a rural setting, surrounded by greenery, this place comes with the tranquility of a countryside.
    Local exploring  -  Close by to town area to enjoy taverns, restaurants and shopping.
    Country Escape  -  Lovely views of the Galician countryside from room windows.
    Value chic  -  Well priced rooms for the chic accommodation and services.
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  • Moure 15 rooms from $74

    Santiago de Compostela

    An understated, modern hotel in the centre of Santiago de Compostela. Original exposed walls are blended with simple white on white colour schemes to create a stylish contemporary look. With the city's world famous cathedral nearby, it's a great place to stay for a weekend in Santiago.

    Local exploring  -  A chic and sophisticated choice for exploring the sights of Santiago de Compostela, just five minutes from the Cathedral.
    Sights nearby  -  Five minutes walk from the UNESCO World Heritage Santiago de Compostel Cathedral.
    Great walks  -  A great place to stay after completing the Camino de Santiago.
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  • Pazo de Altamira 16 rooms from $91

    Santiago de Compostela

    A chic boutique hotel set in a historic building in the Plaza de Abastos Square. White on white throughout with subtle splashes of modern art. Light and airy rooms feature large sash windows with lovely city views. A bohemian restaurant with Galician roots at the heart of the cuisine. A trendy spot.

    Local exploring  -  With many of the cities sights within walking distance this makes an ideal base for exploring
    Value chic  -  Stylish accommodation at an inviting price
    Great walks  -  Walk up to the Monte de Gozo or the ‘Mountain of Joy' and, like pilgrims before you, take in the view of the cathedral.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the The majestic Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and its square Praza do Obrodoiro.
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  • Altair Hotel 11 rooms from $97

    Santiago de Compostela

    In the heart of the city located in a quiet street, this boutique hotel has been designed to provide luxury and comfort to its explorers. Rooms feature original stone walls combined with contemporary style furniture and luxe amenities. Enjoy the delicious breakfast and informal onsite bar.

    Local exploring  -  Set in a superb location with monuments, bars, restaurants and the cathedral all just out the front door.
    Value chic  -  Doubles start from as little as €85 per night
    Local markets  -  Go on a guided tour of the Old Town and discover the wide range of art galleries and monuments.
    Sights nearby  -  Discover the monastery of San Martin Pinario.
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  • Hotel San Miguel 17 rooms from $126

    Santiago de Compostela

    A historic property with an enviable location in the charming pedestrianised area of Santiago de Compostela. Tradition meets modernity in the rooms; polished wood, large sash windows and contemporary bathrooms. An excellent restaurant brings regional cuisine onto a modern plate. Fantastic.

    Local exploring  -  Well situated overlooking a small square in the historic centre, within walking distance of many of the sights.
    Sights nearby  -  Just 200 m from the famed Santiago Cathedral, a fascinating sight for any culture vultures.
    Local markets  -  Take a walk around the Central Market and sample the local delicacies.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • A Quinta de Auga 51 rooms from $157

    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.

    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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