Plaza Cervantes - Santiago, Santiago de Compostela

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Nestled among winding granite streets, Plaza Cervantes - Santiago stands at the center of Santiago's ancient historic district. The historic plaza served as a town meeting place, judicial center, and marketplace before being christened Plaza Cervantes in the 19th century. A bust of the author stands tall atop the central fountain, overlooking the lively square. Today you'll find cafes with outdoor seating, a bookstore, an ice cream shop, and Santiago residents enjoying the day in the sun. The Camino de Santiago passes through this square, which makes it a great place to stop for a tapa and watch the pilgrims on their way into the city. Make Plaza Cervantes - Santiago a part of your Santiago de Compostela vacation plans using our Santiago de Compostela travel itinerary planner.
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  • This is a good reference plaza. I got confused a few times even with a map. I seamed to end up at this plaza which ever way I had walked. once you understand the streets it becomes easier. Lots of sma...  more »
  • Nice square you walk through on the way through the old city to the cathedral. Lots of shops, and small streets going off in various directions. Interesting people watching.  more »
  • Cervantes never visited Santiago de Compostela but his admirers placed a statue in this square anyhow. There are a variety of little restaurants on this square. Reportedly, this square was where the w...  more »
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  • Very interesting collectibles and antiques market.
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  • A taste of "lost" through the narrow streets of the old town.
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Where to stay in Santiago de Compostela

Lodging in the city's old district is the most scenic option. Some hotels even offer rooms in renovated historical buildings near the cathedral. Consider a stay in Monte do Gozo, a small town just outside the city that offers 2,000 beds to weary pilgrims.
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