Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela, which has been shaped around the Apostle
St. James's sepulchre along the centuries, has resulted in one of
the most splendid and harmonic architectural ensembles in the world.
This architectural feature turns Compostela in a city where it is
possible to access from hotels to monuments area or daily facilities
Monuments Area is the core of Compostela,
from where old buildings and squares outline the city.
St. James's Cathedral (Portico of Glory), San Martiño
Pinario, San Xerome College, Xelmírez Country House,
Fonseca College, San Fructuoso Church, Praterías Square,
Cabildo House, Berenguela Tower, Quintana Square, San Paio
de Antealtares, Raxoi Country House or the Hostal dos Reis
Católicos are some examples of this cultural influence.
Compostela also have wide-ranging offers of museums like the Galician Centre of
Contemporary Art, Cathedral Museum, Museum of the Galician People,
Pilgrimage Museum, Terra Santa Museum and Holy Art Museum
among others. The project European City of Culture, which
is supposed to finish in 2005, will house different facilities like:
Bosque de Galicia, Music Theatre, New Technology, History Museum, Newspaper and
Periodicals Library and the John Hejduk Towers.
The leisure in Compostela is a facet very taken care of, with a quality supply
oriented to visitors. Besides the city parks (paseo de la Ferradura,
robleda de Santa Susana, parque de la Música, parque de Belvís,
parque de Bonaval, ...), the charm of the abundant number of cafes of the city,
particularly in the old quarter, makes Compostela a wonderful place to spend the time.
The city supplies a large gastronomic variety in its meals, covering from tapas of
bars to the more exclusive restaurants. There are also a large number
of areas outside the bars both in Monuments Area and in the Ensanche (new city area).
The nocturnal leisure in Compostela is of great intensity, existing multitude
of the premises with very different approaches.
The nocturnal life is influenced by the presence of the students, who invade the streets
providing an atmosphere of diversion very concurred.