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Walk Through The Popular Places Of Santiago de Compostela

Santiago was founded more than 1000 years ago, when according to the tradition was found the grave of the apostle St. James, one of the closest fellows of Jesus. In fact, Northern people used to call the area Jakosbs land (so the land of St. James)... Besides this important shrine was located very close to a magical place that everybody wanted to visit at least once in life...The End of The World.

From Santiago de Compostela
Online Experience
1 Hour
Europe
Upto 10 people
English, Spanish
Highlights
  • Real-time experience streamed live from the beautiful city of Santiago de Compostela
  • Visit famous tourist spots like the Obradoiro Square, Zabacheria Square and Franco Street 
  • See the famous Holy Door
  • Plan your future visit with insights into hidden gems of the city
Description

Santiago was founded more than 1000 years ago, when according to the tradition was found the grave of the apostle St. James, one of the closest fellows of Jesus. In fact, Northern people used to call the area Jakosbs land. Join me on this online experience and let us make our way through the wonderful sights that this city has to offer.

We will begin our tour at the Obradioro Square, one of the most beautiful squares in Spain. Located here is a 1000 years old Cathedral that we will appreciate. From the square, we will also take a look at the street that is said to lead one to the End of the World. However, the pilgrim route did not, in fact, finish in Santiago or in Finisterre, which is where people in the Middle Ages believed Europe to end.
The next stop of our tour is Azabacheria Square. Here, we will face the Northern facade of the Cathedral, where we will see the door the pilgrims used on arriving in Santiago. I will also take you to see some of the little houses that were built in the past as banks - the kind where people could change money, probably one of the oldest in Europe. We will then move to the back of the Cathedral: the Quintana Square, which is divided into two places. The upstairs is known as Quintana de Vivos or the place for living people, while the downstairs is called Quinata de Muertos or cemetery, because during more than 400 years this place functioned as the local cemetery.
You will then follow me to The Holy Door. Don't know what that is? It is a door that only is open when it is a holy year (this year is a holy year!); people cross this door to "be reborn", to clean their souls. After doing this ourselves, we will move to South Square, which is the oldest facade in Santiago and was built in the 12th century. The name of the Square is Platerias, which means Silversmith, and is thus on account of all the silver shops around.
Next, we will walk down the oldest street, known as the Franco Street. The name came from the French, because in the past most of the pilgrims came from France and used to live here. Today, it is the go-to place for good food and drinks, especially for enjoying some Spanish tapas. In our time here, I will tell you about the wines available here - we are in Spain, after all! - and the most popular Albarino wine, a young and fresh kind that goes particularly well with fish and seafood.

We will then proceed along the street till we reach the University Library, a beautiful building built 500 years old and the origin of the present University of Santiago de Compostela. Today, this university has more than 30,000 enrolled students, many of them from other countries, thereby making the city lively and with many interesting things to do. 

Finally, we will finish our tour with a visit to the oldest garden in town, from where we can enjoy a wonderful view and take in the true size of the Medieval area. 

About this experience
Instructions
  • Please have a good internet connection and Zoom app installed on your phone or laptop
  • The instructions to join the meeting will be sent via email shortly after the booking
Know before you go
  • Please sign in to the Zoom app five minutes prior to the beginning of the experience
  • This tour involves travelling to various places, at times the internet connection may be weak. However, we will attempt to minimize such disruptions (only for outdoor tours)
  • You can book this tour either for 30 EUR per screen OR as a private session for 90 EUR for up to 10 screens joining this activity with you from all over the world. You will see the option to book this experience as a private tour on the checkout page if it is available for that time slot
  • Since these are live tours, they may be subject to last minute cancellation due to inclement weather, Internet disruptions or other unforeseen circumstances.
Meet your Host
Emma Gutierrez Castro

I am a local guide here in Santiago de Compostela, known as one of the most important religious cities in Europe from the Middle Ages, but in fact one with a lot more to offer. 

I started working as a tour guide 20 years ago and sincerely believe I have the best job in the world; I really enjoy interacting with people and showing them around my city. 

For me, travelling is one of the most important things in life, and so I would be very happy to be part of your travels and help you to build beautiful memories.

From USD 36 / Screen
Important Information
  • Fully refundable in case of any cancellation upto 2 days before the tour.