Santiago de Compostela is located in the northwest corner of Spain, very close to the Atlantic Ocean. It is the political capital of the Autonomous Region of Galicia.
Saint James’ (Santiago’s) Way
Santiago is singular since the 9th century as the final destination of the Saint James’ (Santiago in Spanish) Ways. These are historical and unique Routes that cross all Europe since the Middle Ages and received many international prestigious recognitions, from the “Council of Europe” and the UNESCO. The most well-known one is the French Way, which departs from the Pyrenees (more than 1000 km away).
The City is also a magnificent example of historical and urban regeneration. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage City, and was awarded more than twenty national as well as international prizes in this regard. The Romanesque cathedral (dated 12th Century) with Renaissance and Baroque style additions is the City’s monumental image. It was raised at the place where, according to the tradition, Apostle Saint James was buried. This started a movement of pilgrims from all Europe walked to Santiago. This tradition is now mostly driven by cultural, touristic, or even sport motivations, rather than religious ones.
Quality of life
Gastronomy is one of the most important attractions of the city. We have a rich and diverse offer ranging from traditional bars to Michelin star restaurants.
Santiago has also a modern urbanism and architecture of the highest quality with buildings and public parks designed by world-wide known architects (being the venue of ECAI 2020 one such of them).
Other aspect about the high quality of life in Santiago is that we are the 2nd Spanish city in Green public spaces Surface per habitant. This goes in line with the fact that more than 25% of Galician surface is UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Moreover, Santiago is very close to the magnificent Atlantic Ocean beaches. Galicia is the European region with the highest number of blue flags in terms of beaches and ports quality.
The mild summer with very pleasant temperatures, much different to other areas in Spain, provides a warm welcome to all the visitors of this unique City.