Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia, is one of the world's three holy cities. Every year pilgrims from all over the globe flock to the “House of Saint James”, the iconic cathedral that acts as the finishing line of El Camino de Santiago.
The House of Saint James
In a crypt beneath the Main Altar of the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral visitors can find the Tomb of the Apostle Saint James. These holy relics have transformed Santiago into one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations in the world.
Botafumeiro & Pilgrim Mass
Pilgrim Mass usually takes place every day at noon in the Santiago Cathedral, but during Xacobeo Holy Years the number of masses is increased to cover the massive influx of pilgrims. On special occasions, the legendary Botafumeiro — a 19th century massive incense thurible — swings over the heads of the congregation members.
Hostal dos Reis Católicos
Considered one of the oldest hotel in the world, the 5-star Parador de Santiago is the place to stay in Santiago. Inside its beautiful XV century facilities guests can enjoy a perfect blend of history and luxury, including two top-notch restaurants specialized in local sea food and traditional Galician dishes.