Santiago de Compostela
Millenary city and pilgrimage destination for those who travel the Camino de Santiago, Compostela is a welcoming city due to its history and vocation. Every year thousands of people choose its cobbled streets and its medieval historic center as their destination, full of emblematic buildings and presided over by the imposing Cathedral that houses the remains of the Apostle Santiago. Its University, founded in 1495, is one of the oldest in Europe and brings together nearly 25,000 students.
As the capital of Galicia and a university city, Santiago enjoys a lively cultural and leisure life, with nearly twenty museums on various themes and first-rate music and film festivals. Its gastronomic offer is also known worldwide, capable of satisfying all tastes and budgets, condensing the best of Galician cuisine with the creativity of the most innovative chefs.
Santiago de Compostela is a city of manageable size that can be explored almost entirely on foot, and it is one of the safest cities in Europe. It enjoys a mild oceanic climate, without major changes in temperature (the average in autumn is about 11ºC) and moderate rainfall in the months of autumn, winter and spring. It has a wide commercial offer with unique shops and the main international brands. The legal currency is the euro.
The Cidade da Cultura de Galicia, venue for the Summit, is the most spectacular example of the contemporary buildings that have been designed in Compostela in recent years. A work by the North American architect Peter Eisenman, it was inaugurated in 2011 and hosts large-scale exhibitions and theater, film and music festivals, as well as congresses and unique events thanks to its modern and wide open spaces. It is possible to get to the Cidade da Cultura by public transport from the center of Santiago by taking bus line 9.
How to get to Santiago
Santiago de Compostela enjoys easy access by land and air. The Rosalía de Castro International Airport offers direct national connections and several flights to European and American cities. It is located 15 minutes from the city center and the taxi fare from the airport to the center is €22 In addition, various bus lines connect the terminal with the urban area. Their schedules can be checked by clicking on this link.
Compostela is also connected by high-speed train with Madrid-Chamartín, with several frequencies per day, and through conventional lines with destinations such as Barcelona, San Sebastián or Hendaye. With a single transfer there are daily connections with the main capitals of Spain, France and Portugal. The intermodal railway and bus station is in the heart of the city.
How to get to the Cidade da Cultura