Santiago de Compostela Guided tours

Our most recommended Santiago de Compostela Guided tours

Santiago de Compostela: Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour

1. Santiago de Compostela: Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour

Skip the line and discover the Romanesque architecture of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela with a guide. Explore the Cathedral and its museum and see the last stop on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. Admire the beautiful interiors of the cathedral on 4 floors and learn about the construction and destruction of the cathedral throughout the centuries. See notable features of the cathedral, such as the Chapel of Relics, the Royal Pantheon, the Treasury, the Chapter Library, the Botafumeiro, and the Obradoiro balcony.

Santiago de Compostela Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour

2. Santiago de Compostela Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour

Explore the history and art of Santiago de Compostela on a guided tour of the cathedral and its museum. One of the 3 most important centers for Catholic pilgrims in the Christian world, Santiago de Compostela Cathedral has historically been a place of pilgrimage on the "Way of St. James" (Camino de Santiago) since the early Middle Ages. Enter the magnificent monument to discover why, as your guide takes you to see the tomb of Saint James and much more. Look at the resplendent main altar and the intricate chapels surrounding it, and learn about the rituals and traditions. Hear about the historical and architectural importance of the cathedral, and further your knowledge in the museum where permanent collections are complemented by temporary exhibitions.

Santiago: Cathedral, Museum and City Walking Tour

3. Santiago: Cathedral, Museum and City Walking Tour

Experience everything Santiago has to offer on this combination guided walking tour. Explore the historic center, learn about the city's fascinating history, and visit the iconic Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. Begin your tour of Santiago with a guided tour of the city center. From Praza do Obradoiro, follow your guide throughout the city, seeing the top sights and learning about the area's fascinating history. Enjoy a short break and the second part of the tour will begin, visiting the Cathedral Museum and the interior of the Santiago Cathedral. Learn about its Romanesque past and see works of art dating from the 13th century. Underneath the cathedral, see archeological excavations of an ancient Roman city.

Santiago de Compostela Private Guided Tour

4. Santiago de Compostela Private Guided Tour

Take in the major sights of Santiago de Compostela on a 2-hour guided walk. Visit the city’s best-known squares, the Cathedral, the City Hall and the Hostel of the Catholic Monarchs. Learn about the history of the Camino de Santiago and the legend of St. James. See the many symbols of the city, including the shell, the arrow and the azabache, all of which are important elements to understanding the secrets of Santiago. In addition, you’ll see the market, the university and Cervantes Square. The tour ends at the operator’s office, where you’ll be introduced to typical products from Galicia. Receive free maps, souvenirs and information about other activities.

Santiago de Compostela: Cathedral & Museum Private Tour

5. Santiago de Compostela: Cathedral & Museum Private Tour

Uncover the art inside the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela on this guided tour. See religious iconography and the reputed burial place of the apostle Saint James. Visit the library where the Codex Calixtinus (the main witness for the Book of Saint James) is held.  Meet your guide and begin at the ground floor of the Cathedral's Museum which has four rooms where you can see the remains that were found in different archaeological excavations. View a map to determine what was standing on this site before the Cathedral.  Admire the spectacular stone choir of Master Mateo and various examples of religious iconography such as busts, statues or wooden carvings. See depictions of both of the Apostle Santiago in his three versions (pilgrim, soldier, and saint). Listen as your guide tells you about each version and hear about different biblical characters. Upon reaching the second floor, will leave the cloister to focus on the library where the famous Codex Calixtinus is kept.  Arrive at the third a floors which is dedicated to different tapestries from both the Flanders school, as well as the so-called Goya Tapestries made in the Royal Tapestry Factory of Madrid. Head to the the balcony for views from above the Plaza do Obradoiro. Afterwards go back to the second floor to visit the cloister and access the Cathedral without having to wait in line.  Enter the temple to enjoy its different chapels. Follow your guide to the main altar, the holy door, and see what is said to be the tomb of the apostle Saint James. 

Santiago de Compostela: Hostal de los Reyes Católicos Tour

6. Santiago de Compostela: Hostal de los Reyes Católicos Tour

Meet your art historian guide outside the main entrance and discover the Parador of Santiago de Compostela, one of the most historic and important buildings in the city. Explore the building which now functions as the 5-star Hostal dos Reis Católicos hotel, but was built in 1499 by the Catholic monarchs to serve as a pilgrim's hospital and hostel. Discover the building’s most notable features including the royal halls, the four cloisters, four courtyards, the observatory, and the Royal Chapel. Admire one of the best-preserved examples of Spanish Plateresque architecture. Learn more about the stories associated with the pilgrimage of Santiago de Compostela. With the help of your expert guide, experience the history of the city in one of its most important buildings.

Santiago de Compostela: Massage Treatment

7. Santiago de Compostela: Massage Treatment

Enjoy a massage treatment as a great way to experience the healing power of touch and to maintain good health. You can choose a stimulating massage using special oils and creams to work on the full body. Alternatively, choose an unloading massage performed through slow and deep exercises to help improve muscle recovery, or a relaxing massage to help relieve tension and improve your mental state.  A foot reflexology session is also available. This uses a therapeutic technique based on the stimulation of certain points on the feet. This can be perfect if you have spent many days trekking the Camino de Santiago.

Santiago de Compostela: Land of Legends & Meigas Night Tour

8. Santiago de Compostela: Land of Legends & Meigas Night Tour

Through this night tour in Spanish you can discover Santiago de Compostela in a fun and different, magical and mysterious way. Get to know the main monuments of the old town while discovering all its mysteries, legends and secrets; meet her Meigas, spells and amulets; what is the Santa Compaña and the rituals to protect oneself from it; or the relationship of the Camino de Santiago with the Templars and the game of the goose. Starting in the Platerías Square, you’ll discover numerous legends about Santiago and our history. You’ll admire its impressive buildings and the secrets that this square hides. Next, you’ll marvel at the impressive Obradoiro Square and Cathedral facade. Then you’ll discover the door through which pilgrims entered the Cathedral in the Middle Ages, in the Azabachería Square. Here you’ll learn the history of Meigas and other mysterious beings... And the amulets to protect you from them. You’ll also know who the Templars were and the relationship with de Way of Santiago and the Game of the Goose. You’ll also get to know streets that many people from Compostela do not even know, you can admire the city market building, mysterious cruises and legends, who’s the Santa Compaña and how to protect yourself from it if you meet it... You’ll finish the tour in the spectacular Quintana Square, where you can meet a mysterious ghost that appears when night falls… Do you dare to take this mysterious night tour?

Santiago de Compostela: Old Town Private Tour

9. Santiago de Compostela: Old Town Private Tour

On this walking tour of the city of Santiago, discover the most important monuments and places in the city. This tour is free-form, so your tour guide will adapt each individual tour to the participants' moods and desires. The first part of the tour is focused in the main squares surrounding the Santiago Cathedral, your guide will fill you in on their histories and tell you fascinating stories that will help you to understand the significance of what you're seeing. Understand the meaning of the shells, the origin of the Botafumeiro, why the city is called Compostela, and more. The second part of the tour escapes the most touristic parts of the city to enter into the downtown area from the eyes of a local. Discover the local market, hidden squares and narrow streets while your guide gives you the best recommendations for some tapas, lunch, dinner and nightlife. Finish off the tour where it started, and let your guide help you figure out what else you'd like to do in Santiago or any other part of Galicia.

Santiago: Gastronomic Night Tour

10. Santiago: Gastronomic Night Tour

This Santiago night experience includes many activities to live the evening atmosphere in Santiago through restaurants, pubs and typical Queimada. You will be doing all of this with an expert local guide. The tour takes around 4-hours starting at 8:30 PM with a special tour to discover the city by night and hear about the legends and stories of spirits and witches.  At 10:00 PM, have dinner in a typical Galician restaurant tasting the most famous dishes. Dinner includes entrées, drinks and the choice of fish or meat as a main meal. At the end of the dinner, a surprise awaits you. You will experience one of the most mystical Galician experiences - Queimada, a burning drink that was, and still is, known because of its magical properties to take away the bad spirits.

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What people are saying about Santiago de Compostela

Great guide. Spoke English well and told us where to get the Tarte De Santiago from the nuns at the monastery, which has to be the best . Also best café con leche with omelette tapas for €1.20. This is the third Camino I’ve done and learnt more from the guide (Diego) than just reading up on the Santiago de Compostela sites

Our guide Laura was excellent. Lots of great information about the history of Santiago and some interesting tales. The food at the end of the tour was excellent, tasty local dishes. I would recommend this tour.

Diego is an excellent guide very knowledgable, interactive, and with perfect english. The tour is comprehensive and covers the key areas in detail.

Diego was so knowledgeable about Santiago de compostela and humorous with it. A true professional. Well done. Thank you.

Silvia is a super nice guide, she gives lots of information and anecdotes. I recommend 100%