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How to Spend 2 Days in Santiago de Compostela

How to Spend 2 Days in Santiago de Compostela

With two days in Santiago de Compostela, you can explore the cathedral and plazas of its UNESCO World Heritage Site Old Town, feast on local fresh seafood and tapas, and still have time for a day trip into the countryside. Here’s how to make the most of your 48 hours in the Galician capital.

Day 1: History and Food

**Morning:**Begin with a walking tour of Santiago’s pedestrian-only Old Town (Zona Vella), where you’ll find the city’s signature sights. Visit top attractions such as the Romanesque cathedral, the Plaza del Obradoiro and Inmaculada squares, and Alameda Park, all with a guide to help unpack the city’s history.

**Afternoon:**Santiago is a foodie hot spot, so spend the afternoon on a culinary-themed tour to sample its top specialities and eateries. Choose a tour that takes you into the Old Town for a gourmet lunch or restaurant hopping or one that focuses on casual food spots and the central Abastos market, where you can sample local cheeses and other delicacies.

**Night:**Continue your gastronomic discoveries with a tapas-oriented, evening stroll in the Old Town as the locals come out to play. Discover Galician classics such as octopus and mussels, with a guide to lead you to the best spots and explain the etiquette of ordering these tasty bites.

Day 2: Exploring Galicia

**Morning:**Today, head out to discover rural Galicia. Choose a day trip to the Rias Baixas, four coastal river inlets; Cape Finisterre; the ominous-sounding Coast of Death (Costa da Morte), where the seas have swallowed many ships; or the beautiful Ribeira Sacra region. Tours offer the benefit of guides for background and hassle-free return transport.

**Afternoon:**If you chose a day trip earlier, continue it this afternoon—exploring Rias Baixas’ fishing villages, admiring Finisterre’s lighthouse, tracing the Coast of Death as you hear about its shipwrecks, or experiencing the monasteries, river gorges, and wines of Ribeira Sacra.

**Night:**Ease into your last evening at some of Santiago’s tapas haunts and eateries. Practice tapas tips gleaned from your first night’s food tour as you hop between bars, and settle at a buzzing restaurant to dig into specialties such as Galician beef or seafood from the Cantabrian Sea.

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Finisterre Day Trip from Santiago de Compostela

Finisterre Day Trip from Santiago de Compostela

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Discover some of Galicia’s most ruggedly beautiful scenery on this full-day tour from Santiago de Compostela. Meet in the city center in the morning, and hop aboard your air-conditioned vehicle. Your destination is the Costa da Morte (Coast of Death)—so named because its choppy waters have caused numerous shipwrecks. Visit the charming fishing town of Muros, see the Ézaro Waterfall; explore Cape Finisterre (one of the Iberian Peninsula’s westernmost points), and drop by the coastal village of Muxía.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Old Town of Santiago de Compostela Walking Tour

Old Town of Santiago de Compostela Walking Tour

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• Ticket to participate in a 2 hour walking tour through the main streets of Santiago de Compostela Old Town • Includes the main squares around the cathedral • Local places you won't find in tourist guides: Mercado de Abastos, narrow streets, hidden squares • The best views of the Cathedral from the Alameda Park.
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  • 2 hours
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Rias Baixas Day Trip from Santiago de Compostela

Rias Baixas Day Trip from Santiago de Compostela

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Make the most of your time in Galicia by visiting multiple cities and towns in one day. Starting off in Santiago de Compostela, you’ll travel by coach, and stop off at Pontevedra and Combarro. Having a guide means you’ll save time, and learn about the area’s history along the way. Enjoy an O Grove boat trip, and try mussels and wine. Your final stop is Cambados in Rías Baixas.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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Galicia's Death Coast Day Trip from Santiago

Galicia's Death Coast Day Trip from Santiago

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Make the most out of a visit to Muxia and Cape Finisterre on this guided day tour from Santiago de Compostela. With all the details arranged ahead of time and a guide in the lead, you'll learn much more about the area than you would exploring on your own, with the bonus of not having to worry about logistics or directions. Snap photos of the dramatic landscapes and learn about the many shipwrecks that have met their doom on the so-called "Coast of Death" through your guide's engaging commentary.
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  • 9 hours
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