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Santiago de Compostela

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ABOVE: The Tren Turistico, or Tourist Train, hits the touristic high points of Santiago de Compostela.


Arriving in Santiago:

On foot. Any number of pilgrims' guides describe the Way to Santiago. If you want an inexpensive printed map, look for The Pilgrim Route to Santiago Guide, which costs only about three euros  and has both strip maps and historical notes with photos. A more comprehensive guide is The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago, a 440-page cultural handbook by David M. Gilitz and Linda Kay Davidson.

By plane. Santiago de Compostela Airport offers service by several low-cost airlines, including Ryanair, Air Berlin, and Vueling. Iberia and Spanair have frequent flights to Madrid and Barcelona. The airport isn't big, but it has all the usual services, including car-rental counters for Hertz, Avis, and Europcar. A taxi into town costs around €15, depending on where you're staying, or you can take a bus. (See Spanish Fiesta's airport transfer page for details.)

By train. RENFE, the Spanish rail network, offers train service from Madrid, Irun, and other points in Spain. The current journey time between Santiago and Madrid is about eight hours. (A high-speed line is on the way.)

By car. Santiago de Compostela is in the northwest corner of Spain, near the junction of the AP-9 and AP-53 motorways. Map out your trip with the ViaMichelin route planner.

Getting around town:

Santiago de Compostela has a public-transportation system. If you're staying on the outskirts, you can ask your hotel's reception desk for advice on which bus to take. In the city center, you're better off walking; Santiago isn't very large, and you can easily get around on foot--or by cab, if it's late at night or you're caught in a downpour. The Tren Turistico (see photo above) is another option.

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In this article:
Introduction Hotels
A holy city for pilgrims Restaurants
Sightseeing, excursions Transportation
Museums Tourist information

Also see:
Santiago de Compostela photos - Praza do Obradoiro and Cathedral
The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago (book review)
Galician Palace Gardens (Pazo de Oca, Pazo Santa Cruz de Rivadulla)

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