Travel, Useful Info & Local Tips
Getting Around in Santiago de Compostela
WOMEX Venues and Transport Map
Between the Airport and the City
The cheapest and easiest way to travel between Santiago de Compostela airport and the city itself is to take the bus. The journey takes 15-20 minutes and buses arrive about every 30 minutes. See the Empresa Freire (bus company) website for full schedules.
Between Cidade da Cultura and the Old Town
WOMEX's daytime venue, Cidade da Cultura, is located on a hill overlooking Santiago, about 2.1km outside the centre. There are plenty of buses and taxis available and you can walk too… just remember it's uphill!
Cidade da Cultura is a short bus ride from the city centre (bus stop: Praza de Galicia, Ferretería El Horreo). The bus lines are C9 and C11 (the latter is adapted for disabled passengers), with buses every 12 or 15 minutes. The ride lasts about 20 minutes and the price is 1€.
There is also special shuttle bus after the end of trade fair hours, which runs continuously from Praza de Galicia directly to the daytime venue. The shuttle will run from 18:00 until Trade Fair is empty.
For information about public buses including other routes, please check at the bus stop or online at www.tussa.org
Taxis are widely available around the city centre. You can also call the taxi company, Radio Taxi, on +34 981 569 292
Please note that the old town is a pedestrian zone and bicycles are not allowed.
Eating & Drinking
- O Gato Negro
'The Black Cat', a cosy little bar offering traditional fare, family-run since 1920. We dare you to try the cuttlefish (chocos na súa tinta)!
Rúa da Raíña, 15702 Santiago de Compostela
- María Castaña
A popular eating place for traditional food on one of the noisiest streets in town, da Raíña.
Rúa da Raíña 19, 15702 Santiago de Compostela
- Casa Marcelo
Galician-Japanese tapas, very close to the Cathedral. Avant-garde, uses local produce. This is one for the foodies (1 Michelin star).
Rúa das Hortas 1, 15705 Santiago de Compostela
- La Bodeguilla
Three restaurants in town, all with excellent tapas.
San Roque 13 (town centre); San Lázaro 104; and Avenida da Liberdade 11, in Santa Marta, Santiago de Compostela
Contemporary cuisine offering vegetarian choices.
Praciña das Penas 1, 15704 Santiago de Compostela
- Casa Felisa
An old convent turned into a restaurant. Beautiful interior garden where most of the food served is traditional.
Porta da Pena 5, 15704 Santiago de Compostela
- O Dezaseis
Traditional-style Galician eats with a modern touch. One of the most popular restaurants in town, frequented by artists, journalists and local politicians.
Rúa de San Pedro 16, 15703 Santiago de Compostela
- A Moa
A beautiful restaurant with a terrace overlooking Belvis Park. Galician and international cuisines.
Rúa de San Pedro 32, 15703 Santiago de Compostela
Find more in the WOMEX Guide, in your delegate bag!
- Casa das Crechas
In the words of Lonely Planet: “There's no better place for Celtic music”, although they play all types of world music. A Santiago landmark, and many a musician's favourite hangout. Famous for its foliadas (traditional style jam sessions). Great beers, whiskies and gin tonics.
Vía Sacra 3, 15704 Santiago de Compostela
- A Reixa
'The' pub for the rock crowd.
Tras Salomé 3, 15703 Santiago de Compostela
If you're into jazz, this is where you belong in Santiago, along with Dado Dadá. Specialising in mojitos.
San Paio de Antealtares 22, 15704 Santiago de Compostela
One of the town's traditional pubs. Good music and great gin tonics.
Fonte de San Miguel 9, 15704 Santiago de Compostela
- Modus Vivendi
A lively bar, and another great Santiago classic, with a music programme.
Praza Feixóo 1, 15704 Santiago de Compostela
- Sonar Pub
Pub with a music programme in the old town. Pop and rock.
Mazarelos 4-5, 15703 Santiago de Compostela
- Momo… a rúa
Pub with a splendid garden terrace. Rock and pop.
Virxe da Cerca 23, 15703 Santiago de Compostela
- Fraggle Rock
Good music guaranteed, and live concerts too.
As Rodas 17, 15704 Santiago de Compostela
- A Grileira
Sells and makes traditional instruments.
Sar 16, 15702 Santiago de Compostela
- Estudio 54
For guitars and amplifiers.
Gómez Ulla 8, 15702 Santiago de Compostela
Hórreo 23, 15702 Santiago de Compostela
Musical instruments, specialising in pianos and sheet music.
Curros Enríquez 11, 15702 Santiago de Compostela
- De Cotío
Specialists in traditional Galician music products. A good gift shop too for handcrafts, jewellery and CDs.
Rúa de Xelmírez, 26, 15704 Santiago de Compostela
- Vide Vide
Wine shop specialising in Galician wines. Wine tasting and other activities.
Fonte de Santo Antonio 10, 15702 Santiago de Compostela
- O Bandullo
Galician delicatessen, with wines, conserves and other stuff, and they have a bar.
Raíña 9, 15702 Santiago de Compostela
- Gastroteca SCQ
Gourmet Galician products: wine, cheeses, sweets, seaweed, etc.
Preguntoiro 34, 15704 Santiago de Compostela
Things to See and Do
Santiago's old town (a cidade vella) has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985, as have the cathedral and the Camiño itself. The old town is like a stone jungle, teeming with religious monuments, time-worn university buildings, mansions of the gentry, and private dwellings peering out over narrow cobbled streets with intermittent stretches of pillared arcades. The most important streets are Rúa Nova ('New Street') and Rúa do Vilar, best strolled down at a leisurely pace stopping along the way to check out the shop windows, vinotecas, pubs, and more. For more information about Santiago's sights, visit the Santiago Turismo website
- The Cathedral
The soul of the city, Santiago Cathedral consists of a Baroque overlay added to a Romanesque heart. It is believed to hold the mortal remains of St. James the Apostle. Don't miss the Pórtico da Gloria with its musicians and medieval instruments, or the various prazas (plazas) surrounding it on all sides: Obradoiro, Quintana, Praterías and Inmaculada. You may wish to visit the cathedral's stone roofs, offering the best views of the city (it costs 10 euros), and the cathedral museum (admission 5 euros).
- Cidade da Cultura
The Cidade da Cultura (City of Culture) hosting WOMEX was designed by American architect Peter Eisenman and is located on Gaiás, one of the hills that surround the city. The project consists of six buildings, two of which haven't been built yet.
- Central Market
The market (Mercado de Abastos) is the city's main and most genuine traditional food market, where you can peruse the fresh fish and seafood, buy some to take home or eat it right there amidst all the bustle. The building where the market is housed is itself monumental.
- San Martiño Pinario
San Martiño Pinario was Galicia's biggest Benedictine monastery, second in size only to the Escorial in the whole of Spain.
- Colexio de Fonseca
A Renaissance building, this college facing onto the Praza do Obradoiro was the birthplace of the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela. It is currently used for temporary exhibits, a library and other university services. Check out the amazing cloister! Look out for it on Rúa do Franco.
- Museum of the Galician People
The Museum of the Galician People (Museo do Pobo Galego) is Galicia's foremost ethnographic museum. Situated in the old thirteenth-century Dominican convent of Bonaval, it also houses the Pantheon of Illustrious Galicians. Don't forget to see the adjoining gardens, a monument in their own right.
The Galician Contemporary Art Centre (Centro Galego de Arte Contemporáneo) is housed in a building that is a contemporary architectural gem itself, by the Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza. Admission free.
There is no shortage of green spaces in Santiago de Compostela! We specially recommend four parks: firstly the Alameda, a romantic, 19th century park with a spectacular panoramic view of the cathedral, and which adjoins the University Campus Gardens. Another must-see is the Parque de Bonaval situated next to the Museum of the Galician People and the CGAC; this was also designed by álvaro Siza on the grounds of the adjacent Dominican convent. Then there is the Parque de Belvís located in a natural moat around the old town.
- Colegiate of Sar
This 12th century Romanesque collegiate church is unique on account of its crooked walls and pillars, caused by a building defect which makes it an unusual attraction.
Making Phone Calls
The international dialling code for Galicia and Spain from abroad is +34.
Emergency Phone Numbers
- 061 – ambulance and emergency medical services;
- 085 – fire-brigade, rescue services, civil protection;
- 091 – police.
Photo credits: Alameda Park; Music shop in Santiago de Compostela; Puppets at Praterías Square. All photos courtesy of Turismo de Santiago.