Santiago De Compostela is the capital of Galicia, an autonomous community in Spain situated north of Portugal. The city of Santiago was founded as a destination for Catholic pilgrims to pay tribute to St. James, and is known for its marvelous cathedral dedicated to said saint. Visitors come from around the world both on pilgrimage and to view the amazing architecture from throughout history, and also to partake in the thriving nightlife scene.
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Best time to book a flight to Santiago De Compostela Airport
Temperatures in the area are quite reasonable throughout the year, hovering around the 50s in the winter and the mid-70s in the summer. Summers can be dry but the rest of the year is wet with the most rain falling in December.
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Airlines that fly to Santiago De Compostela Airport
Santiago de Compostela Airport sees direct flights from cities both within Spain and Europe as a whole. Travelers from the United States will find it convenient to transfer at London, Paris or Madrid. Popular airlines here include Ryanair, Vueling and Air Europa.
What to expect when arriving at Santiago De Compostela Airport
Upon arrival at the airport, you can travel the nine and a half-mile route to downtown Santiago by way of rental car or taxi in 24 minutes. Empresa Freire runs a bus that can take you to the main train station in town, from which you can catch a private coach to surrounding towns in Galicia. You can even enter the city by bike or on foot along the Camino de Santiago.
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Facilities at Santiago De Compostela Airport
Santiago De Compostela Airport is composed of one busy terminal that sees around two and a half million passengers a year. Travelers with children will be delighted to know that there are two playgrounds on premise. There are three food concession areas, one landside and two airside.
What to see and do in Santiago De Compostela
Santiago De Compostela is a small city of under 100,000 inhabitants, but sees plentiful visitors due to being the final waypoint for the Way of St. James, a pilgrimage tradition that has been continually respected since 812 CE. Pilgrims travel by foot from all over Europe to end at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, where they will receive the compostela, a certificate authenticating the completion of their journey. The city is also a nightlife hotspot, boasting a number of restaurants, cafes and bars that see an eclectic mix of backpackers, tourists, and young and old residents alike.
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