Plaza del Obradoiro, Santiago de Compostela

Tired pilgrims reach the end of their journeys at Plaza del Obradoiro, the location of the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. This square also hosts a number of the city’s other important and historic structures, including a former pilgrim hospital and university and city council buildings. Walk around the square to see the variety of architectural styles on display: Baroque, Gothic, Neoclassical and Renaissance. Take time to people watch and be entertained by the many street performers. To visit Plaza del Obradoiro on your trip to Santiago de Compostela, use our Santiago de Compostela planner .
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  • Reach the square and see the jumping of happiness, embracing pilgrims... others on the floor resting... It has no words! Very exciting! From here comes out a little train that gives you a return of 45 minutes by the city and is well worth. Is interesting what you have and love the children!
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  • Imposing by the character which the impressive buildings that surround it give you... Meeting place for pilgrims coming from all over the world and buskers. To sit and not miss a minute of a relentless show!
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  • Visit a must if you go to Galicia and Santiago de Compostela, is an impressive square, if it matches you're going in Compostela year you see all the pilgrims also will although it is not a Holy year, is worth seeing.
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  • Santiago De Compostela is an amazing place. It's world renowned for the "El Camino", or, "The Way" of St James, which is incredible, but just as importantly it is where the bones of St. James The Apostle lie in the Cathedral dating back to 1075.
  • Awe and inspire factor goes off the scale. Photographic competition prize here I come. Get here early evening to see the sunset. Pilgrims, wealthy elite at the Parador, bagpipes/ violin or flute playing on the steps, tourist trains twiddling across the square, more tour groups than you can shake a stick at and... Oh yes, just look for the photogenic dog and pilgrim. AND no icecream or postcard stands ! GASP!
  • When you are in Santiago de Compostela there is no better thing than sit down on the pavement and relax enjoy the experience of being there and meditate a little about yourself
  • Apparently, it got it's name because it used to be an old cemetery outside the church aeons ago. Now , it is a place where it housed also the municipal hall, the old castle turned into a hotel PARADORES , the museum and the rectory.
  • Very beautiful place. Amazing atmosphere. You can see joy and the success of the pilgrims ending the caminho.

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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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