Santiago de Compostela

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    The Monastery of San Martiño Pinario, another important religious building in Santiago de Compostela.
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    Focal point of the cathedral, the Pórtico de la Gloria features 200 Romanesque sculptures.
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    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Torre de Hércules is one of La Coruña's principal sights.
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    Santiago de Compostela's mighty cathedral, representing the heart of the city, Europe's most famous pilgrimage site.
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    The Cabo Fisterra, representing the westernmost point on Spain's Atlantic coastline.

I highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to develop their knowledge on Galician culture.  There is a lot to do in Santiago, La Coruña and Finisterra.CR, Thornton College


Europe’s most famous pilgrimage site, Santiago de Compostela has been a holy city since before medieval times. With its beautiful Old Town, dominated by the mighty Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, and its narrow winding streets, this northern Spanish city and is a natural choice for those wishing to experience an educational tour with an emphasis on religion.

Beyond its many religious associations, Santiago de Compostela and the wider region of Galicia have much to offer, not only for students of Spanish but those wishing to organise a cultural enrichment programme, too.

Typical Accommodation

We work with a number of different hostels and 2*/3* hotels in and around this Spanish city. Please let us know your requirements and we will be happy to recommend suitable accommodation to suit your Santiago de Compostela school trip itinerary and budget.

Santiago de Compostela School Trip – Subject Suitability

Travel Options

  • By air from London or selected regional airports direct to Santiago de Compostela or La Coruña.

All tours will be tailor made to suit each individual group but here is a suggestion for a Santiago de Compostela school trip:

Sample Itinerary – 4 Days by Air

Day 1 – Journey to the airport for your direct flight to Santiago de Compostela. On arrival, transfer to your hotel for dinner locally and overnight accommodation.

Day 2 – Today is spent exploring the many important religious sights of Santiago de Compostela, such as the city’s formidable cathedral (including the Cathedral Museum and Treasury) and the Church of San Martiño Pinaro Monastery.

Other visits on a religious leaning could include the Pilgrimage Museum, the Sacred Art Museum or the Holy Land Museum. Alternatively, why not take a wander around the city’s food market or the Galician Centre of Contemporary Art?

Day 3 – Another day to spend as you wish in Santiago de Compostela, or choose to explore the wider region. Nicknamed the city of glass and home to Europe’s oldest working lighthouse, the coastal resort of La Coruña is a popular choice. On the western coast meanwhile is Finisterra, Spain’s most westerly point.

Alternatively, why not explore some of the towns and villages along the Camino de Santiago (St James’ Way), such as the Roman town of Lugo?

Day 4 – Depending on your flight time, you may have an opportunity for some last-minute shopping and sightseeing this morning before heading back to the airport for your homebound flight.

Popular Visits & Excursions

Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela – Reputedly built over the tomb of the Apostle, James, this beautiful building is described as masterpiece of Baroque and Romanesque architecture and represents the heart of Santiago de Compostela. For the hundred of thousands of pilgrims who annually arrive in Santiago, the cathedral also marks the traditional end of the pilgrimage route.
Cathedral Museum & Treasury – Situated in part in the 16th-century cloisters of the cathedral, the Museo da Catedral displays relics, religious art, tapestries and tombs all relating to the history of the city’s main ecclesiastical edifice.
Church of San Martiño Pinario Monastery – Situated across the Praza da Inmaculada from the cathedral’s northern flank, this Benedictine monastery was once the second largest in all of Spain.
Museo das Peregrinacións e de Santiago – Translated as the Museum of Pilgrimage and Santiago, this institution celebrates the history (over 1,000 years) of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.
Museo de Arte Sacra – Accessed through the Church of the Mosteiro de San Paio de Antealtares, this museum contains the original altar raised over Santiago’s relics amongst its exhibits.
Museo de Terra Santa – With its collection amassed from the Holy Land, this museum offers an overview of the Near East’s culture and history, and serves as a bridge between two important centres of religious pilgrimage.

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Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea – Dedicated to modern and contemporary art originating from Galicia.
Mercado de Abastos – In operation for over three centuries, Santiago’s main market is a brilliant place to explore and to practise language skills. Open daily (except Sundays) until 2pm.
Museo do Pobo Galego – Housed in a 14th-century convent, the Museum of the Galician People traces the history and origins of the people of Galicia, all the way back to Celtic times.
Fundación Granell – A museum dedicated to the Surrealist artist, Eugenio Granell.


La (A) Coruña – Approximately one hour north of Santiago de Compostela, this attractively coastal city is famous for its Roman lighthouse, the Torre de Hercules, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll also find the National Science and Technology Museum, the Aquarium Finisterrae and the lovely Paseo Marítimo.
Fisterra – A traditional Galician fishing port bordering the Atlantic Coast, Fisterra (also known as Finisterra) and Cabo Finisterre represents the end point of an ever-increasingly popular extension to the Camino de Santiago. Literally “the end of the earth” for medieval pilgrims, Fisterra was an ancient holy place for Druids, Romans and Christians.
Lugo – East of Santiago de Compostela along the Camino de Santiago, the town of Lugo is renowned for its well-preserved Roman walls, fortress and labyrinthine streets.

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