Santiago de Compostela: One-Day Guide

If you only have one day in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, you’ll want to see the best attractions in this city famous for its historic cathedral. Here are some tips and ideas to help you plan your visit:

Things you need:

  • Good walking shoes for exploring the city, especially by the sea and in the old town. Waterproof shoes are even better since it rains a lot in Galicia.
  • Raincoat and umbrella in case it rains while you’re out and about.

Day 1:


  • Head to Pastelería Mercedes Mora to try tarta de Santiago, a traditional almond cake that originated in Santiago de Compostela.
  • Visit the Mercado de Abastos, the local farmers market, to explore the stalls of fresh produce, seafood, and other Galician specialties.


  • For a delicious seafood meal, make a reservation at Abastos 2.0, a restaurant located next to the market. They offer a fixed-price menu based on the freshest ingredients of the day and can accommodate vegetarians and folks with other dietary restrictions.
  • Go for a walk through the historic old town of Santiago de Compostela, where you can find menus with translations in multiple languages due to the many pilgrims who visit form around the world.
  • Check out the Pilgrim Museum (which is free on Sundays) to learn more about the history of the Camino de Santiago.


  • Visit the Cathedral de Santiago to witness pilgrims arriving and possibly witness the swinging of the Botafumeiro, a giant incense burner.
  • For dinner, head to A Noiesa for typical Galician cuisine named after the nearby town of Noia. Don’t miss the fried eggplant dish, which is perfectly cooked then drizzled with honey.

With comfortable footwear, rain gear, and these tips, you can make the most of your time in Santiago. Whether you’re learning about the Camino, sampling delicious tapas, or exploring historic landmarks, we know you’ll enjoy your visit to this lovely city in Galicia.


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