Perhaps more than in any other place in Europe, the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela is the focal point of the city. As the final destination for pilgrims walking along the Camino de Santiago, the immense Baroque edifice surrounded in myth is just a 15-minute walk from the train station — a lot shorter than the route many have taken to see it!
Praza do Obradoiro is the city’s main square, home to the cathedral and an impressive collection of grand buildings in different architectural styles, including the ornate, Plateresque Catholic Kings Hostel, which was originally built to attend to pilgrims, and the Rajoy Palace, which is currently the city hall.
Praza de Praterías, with its central fountain, offers one of the best views of the cathedral. Tucked just behind Praza do Obradoiro, 3 minutes away by foot, is the mighty Baroque Monasterio de San Martiño Pinario, another of the city’s emblematic religious buildings.
The second most visited attraction in Santiago is Mercado de Abastos, just a few streets east of the central square. This is one of the biggest markets in all of Spain and the perfect place to pick up fresh, delicious, Galician products.
Popular Rúa do Franco, one of the streets leading to the cathedral, is full of lively, friendly and high-quality bars and restaurants. The university town picks up the pace after dark and you can tap into its nightlife in the bars and clubs scattered throughout the Old Town.
The meeting will take place at the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Santiago de Compostela, which is located very close to the historic old city (ten minutes walking to the cathedral):
Avda. das Ciencias, s/n. Campus sur
Santiago de Compostela (ES)
From the airport
- By Taxi
A taxi ride from the airport to the city center will take 15-20 minutes and should cost € 21.00 (24h fixed fee).
- By Airport bus
Every half hour a bus leaves from Santiago de Compostela Airport to the Plaza de Galicia located in the city center and vice versa. Buses operate every day of the week. During the tour several stops are available, one of them at the Bus Station located northeast of the center and the other at the Railway Station located south of the center. The duration of the journey from the first bus stop located in front of the terminal to the last bus stop (Plaza de Galicia) located in the city center is 30 minutes. Tickets are on sale on the website of the Freire company and with the bus driver. A single ticket costs € 3.00 and a return ticket € 5.10.
From the trainstation
Standing to the south of the historical center of Galicia’s capital, Santiago de Compostela train station is a suitably elegant introduction to this city. The station has been remodeled since its inauguration in 1873 to adapt to the regular services to and from the Galician capital. A number of regional, medium-distance and long-distance trains stop at Santiago. The journey time from Madrid is only 5h5mins with seven services daily, and from Barcelona (which passes through Madrid) the journey takes under 9 hours. There are three services from Porto, at 3h40mins, and the high-speed, short-distance Avant trains by Renfe operate 26 trains daily that connect Coruña in the north to Santiago in just 28 minutes. Though the historical center may be quick and easy to walk to, those with luggage should hop on the C2 bus service.
Viajes Santyago, the official symposium accommodation partner, proposes a selection of hotels in Santiago. Most of the proposed hotels are located at walking distance from the congress venue. Booking requests should be made via the online reservation form provided by Viajes Santyago (soon available).
|HOTELS||CATEGORY||DISTANCE TO THE VENUE||SINGLE BEDROOM (1 PAX)||DOUBLE BEDROOM (2 PAX)|
|NH Collection Santiago (H1)||5*||1900 m||85,00 €||96,00 €|
|Gran Hotel Santiago (H2)||4*||900 m||64,00 €||75,00 €|
|Hotel San Lorenzo (H3)||3*||500 m||58,00 €||65,00 €|
|A Tafona do Peregrino (H4)||2*||1300 m||55,00 €||60,00 €|
|San Martin Pinario (H5)||2*||1100 m||56,00 €||75,00 €|
|San Martin Pinario estudiantes (H6)||Students||1100 m||38,00 €||50,00 €|
Breakfast and VAT included.