Santiago de Compostela


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About Santiago de Compostela

Galicia's historic capital, Santiago de Compostela is also one of the world’s great pilgrimage sites. The city’s soaring Cathedral of St James has been the final destination for pilgrims from across Europe for centuries, and it remains the city’s most famous landmark. Evidently a favourite amongst heritage aficionados, Santiago is also an excellent foodie hotspot, with delicious Galician flavours to savour at countless cafés, bars and eateries. Check out our list of the best places to stay in Santiago de Compostela as you starting planning your trip.

Begin your explorations at the Romanesque Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, the alleged final resting place of the remains of St James. A splendid building dating back to the 11th century, the cathedral also has a fascinating museum. Surrounded by heritage buildings, this is a great starting point for a stroll around the walled medieval Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985 and pedestrianised from dawn until dusk in the summer months. Tour the city’s other churches, admire the Monastery of San Martin Pinario, and kick back in the Alameda Park after delving into Galician history at the Museo de Pobo Galego, housed in a former monastery.

Tuck into delicious cuisine at the city’s relaxed family-owned eateries and trendy bars before returning to one of the best places to stay in Santiago de Compostela. You’ll certainly be in need of a rest if you’ve just completed the Camino!

The Best Places to Stay in Santiago de Compostela

For the Old Town

  • Hotel Miguel is a gorgeous little hotel on one of the most secluded squares in Santiago's pedestrianised Old Town. Pick this place for the appealing interior fusion of old and new, as well as the charming manicured garden and delightful regional restaurant. A chic boutique base.
  • Moure offers a cool, contemporary base on the edge of the Old Town. Perfect for city breakers looking for a dose of urban style, this bolthole has minimalist monochrome interiors with light wood and original exposed stone walls. Within walking distance of the cathedral.
  • Hotel Altair has just 11 atmospheric rooms, with exposed stone walls reflecting the building's history, and more modern furnishings. Another intimate Old Town spot for couples or friends.
  • Pazo de Altamira is a trendy boutique bolthole on Plaza de Abastos Square. White-on-white interiors feel fresh and contemporary, with clean, crisp lines. Shared spaces showcase modern art, and the bohemiam restaurant is a popular favourite.

For a Country Escape

  • .A Quinta de Auga is a gorgeous little spa hotel just outside Santiago de Compostela. A romantic rural escape, the hotel has luxurious guestrooms set within lovely gardens. The gourmet restaurant and superb spa - complete with indoor pool - are particular highlights. Very restful.
  • A Casa Da Torra Branca is a beautifully renovated 17th century farmhouse in a tranquil village. Sink into cosy beds after days of hiking and cycling, or discovering the little villages of rural Galicia. The restaurant serves authentic regional cuisine paired with Spanish wines. Wonderful for couples, friends or families.
  • OS Lambrans, a converted farm house south-west of the city, is a family favourite. The apartment sleeps up to six guests, and little ones will adore playing in the gardens after family games of tennis. A fantastic rural hideaway with a strong eco ethos.

For Great Value

  • Costa Vella is a simple, affordable choice with 14 charming rooms boasting huge windows, some of which overlook a central coutryard garden filled with magnolias. Right by the cathedral, this is an ideal B&B for on foot explorers.


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  • Fly into Santiago de Compostela Airport, and travel into the city by bus or taxi. Alternatively, take the train from other regional hubs, such as Madrid, San Sebastián, Hendaye and Barcelona. Many hotels will be happy to arrange an airport or train station pick up in advance.
  • Galicia is wonderful for a road trip, and Santiago de Compostela is the perfect starting point! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car and explore beyond the city.
  • Expect warm and sunny climate throughout much of the year, with temperatures averaging at around 18°C - 25°C between April and September. Do be aware that the summer is peak holiday season with huge numbers of pilgrims completing the Camino de Santiago routes, which end at the cathedral. You'll also find fewer crowds outside the school holidays in April, May or late September.



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    Best Hotels in Santiago de Compostela

    • A casa da Torre Branca Santiago de Compostela (Santiago de Compostela,) 9 rooms from £43

      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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      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. See More

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    • Costa Vella Santiago de Compostela 14 rooms from £56

      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 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. See More

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    • Moure Santiago de Compostela 15 rooms from £56

      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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      Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

      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. See More

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    • Casa de la Troya Santiago de Compostela 23 rooms from £59

      City Style  -  Located in a heritage property in the historic heart of Santiago de Compostela, this hotel has lots of local city charm
      Local exploring  -  Local sightseeing is straightforward with this hotel as a base since the main attractions are within walking distance
      Romantic Break  -  With chic guestrooms and a great location, book this hotel for a romantic European city break
      Great walks  -  Discover this historic city on foot with a long walk through the old quarter; start from the neighbouring Plaza de la Quintana
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      This boutique hotel is located in a renovated heritage property in the heart of Santiago de Compostela. The smart guestrooms combine contemporary design in a natural palette with local stone accents. Situated next to the historic cathedral, this hotel is a great base for local sightseeing. See More

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    • Pazo de Altamira Santiago de Compostela 16 rooms from £69

      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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      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. See More

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    • Altair Hotel Santiago de Compostela 11 rooms from £74

      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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      Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

      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. See More

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    • Hotel San Miguel Santiago de Compostela 17 rooms from £95

      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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      Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

      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. See More

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    • A Quinta de Auga Santiago de Compostela 51 rooms from £119

      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
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      Recommended by  -  Tablet, Relais & Chateaux

      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. See More

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