Free tour Santiago de Compostela: History, Art and Tradition

Duration: 2h
Languages: Spanish
Quality Verified Registered on March 08, 2022
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Tour description

Do you want to travel to the past?

Santiago de Compostela, a city that was born in the sacred forest of Libredón and that ended up being a Holy City.

On this tour you will be able to discover the evolution of this city since its creation, from the discovery of the tomb of the Apostle Santiago to the present day.

Our visit will begin in the Plaza del Obradoiro because this is where our history begins.

In the surroundings of the small chapel that was erected to shelter the remains of the Apostle , a village was born that little by little grew until it reached, in the Middle Ages, what is today our historic center.

The passing of the centuries has left us hundreds of stories, some real and others not so real, that we are going to discover on our tour. We will answer questions:

  • Has this Cathedral always been as we see it now?
  • Why did the Catholic Monarchs decide one day to visit Compostela?
  • “Sad and alone, Fonseca remains alone” but, who was Fonseca?
  • What is a French-style palace doing in Plaza del Obradoiro?

Our journey continues through the other squares that surround the Cathedral:

Platerías Square:

Come on, but this facade of the Cathedral of Platerías looks like a puzzle! In our tour you will discover how it ended like this.

But it is not the only peculiar façade of this square, the Casa del Cabildo also has a very peculiar history.

Quintana Square:

A square full of mysteries... Here we have a door that only opens in the Jubilee Year, the Holy Door . There is also a convent with a legend, a mysterious shadow and even a campaign that, if we arrive on time, greets us from above: La Berenguela .

Plaza de la Azabachería:

San Martín Pinario is the second largest monastery in Spain after El Escorial. The great unknown of Compostela.

But Santiago is more than the surroundings of the Cathedral: the Plaza de Cervantes , the old Plaza del Campo, was for centuries the center of life in Compostela, here the market was held, justice was administered, witches were burned in times of the Inquisition…

And from here to the Abastos market and the Plaza de Mazarelos with the only door that exists today of the old wall that surrounded Compostela

Now we have to wander between the streets: from the Nova street to the Vilar street, and from here, to Franco to end our tour in the Alameda after greeting “the two Marías” and learning about their history.
If you are willing to take a trip back in time
Compostela awaits you!!

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  • Meeting point:
    Praza do Obradoiro, 15704 Santiago de...
    Praza do Obradoiro, 15704 Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Spain
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How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Cristina 14 Aug 2023

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Travelled in family - Aug 2023
Rocío nos ha hecho un tour muy entretenido, ameno y nos ha mostrado Santiago de una forma muy didáctica y divertida. Es una gran profesional.
Miguel Angel 14 Aug 2023

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Travelled in family - Aug 2023
Encantadora y comprometida con lo que hace
Fernando 27 Jul 2023

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Travelled alone - Jul 2023
Espectacular. Gran dominio de la historia y cultura de Santiago de Compostela. Muy didáctica y clara en sus explicaciones. Sin duda, muy recomendable.
Pol Hodaly 20 Jun 2023

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Travelled in group - Jun 2023
Agradable paseo por el casco antiguo De Santiago en el que, gracias a nuestra guía Rocio, nos hemos empapado de la historia de la ciudad así como del uso actual de las maravillas arquitectónicas que vamos descubriendo. Roció es muy apasionada e irradia energía al contar la historia de la ciudad. Gran acierto sin duda. Volveremos!
Elena 19 Apr 2023

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2023
Rocío fue una guía excelente. Tuvimos la suerte de hacer una especie de tour privado, porque ese día únicamente reservamos mi pareja y yo, y fue una experiencia fantástica. La ruta muy interesante, al igual que los contenidos. Súper recomendable.
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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