The Best of Santiago de Compostela
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 7½ hours
Transfer to Santiago and follow your guide across Obradoiro Square. The magnificent buildings surrounding this focal point include the cathedral, the Town Hall and the Palace of Saint Jerome.
At the marvelous 15th-century Hotel of the Catholic Kings, step inside to view this absolutely beautiful hotel, built during the reign of Isabella and Ferdinand. A blend of Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque styles grace its rich and inviting interior.
Cross the square to first view the façades of Santiago's enormous cathedral. The west side shows the Apostle James (Santiago) as a pilgrim, and a representation of the urn where the remains of the Apostle appeared. On the north side is the Plaza de Azabacheria and a neo-Classical façade. To the south is the Silversmiths' Square where, during the Middle Ages, silversmiths had their smithies. This is the only façade of the cathedral that is in Romanesque style. Your guide will show you the Jubilee Door on La Quintana Square, where pardons are dispensed. Then, step inside for a guided visit to learn all about this stunningly beautiful church that marks the end of the Camino del Santiago pilgrimage trail.
Head back to the Hotel of the Catholic Kings to gather in the courtyard for tapas featuring local gastronomic specialties. Watch a demonstration by a typical group of Galician singers.
Schedule permitting, you will have some free time to do a little shopping before you return to Vigo by coach.
Modest attire is required; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.