Traveling to Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, it is an interesting and attractive option. To spend well your money in the beautiful and world heritage city, Costasur.com give you some travel advices for your holidays.
The most important advice, no matter who you are, where you are and when. Smile. Smile from your very heart when you will be enjoying your holidays in Compostela. And this city will give you back its best face and spirit. Honestly. Being polite, thankful and nice it is really appreciated everywhere and it opens you thousands of possibilities.
Learn some Spanish or/and Galician. Useful words, just to get in touch with “common people”. It will be a funny pleasure for you and for the people you talk to. And it is not difficult at all. Just try. You will stop being a "common tourist".
Santiago de Compostela is a quite small town. This means that it is not necessary at all a car to go from A to B. If you arrive in your own car or you are thinking to rent a car, please, note that the best option it is to park it properly, in park place for example, and do not use it more. You will save money, stress and precious time. Compostella is a safe place. Due to its big and old university, or as destination from thousands of pilgrims and tourists, the city welcomes you and it is very unlikely you have a mishap, things stolen from the car or been robed. But pay attention and do not leave your baggages, personal things and valuables unattended or visible to others. The old town is constantly controlled by a video surveillance system.
On the other hand, your own car or a rental car can be really helpful if you are thinking to visito other parts of Galicia. Finisterre, Sanxenxo, A Coruña, Lugo or even Portugal are really well connected with Galicia's capital. By car you will reach any destination comfortably and quick. There are highways and good roads almost in each direction. There are wonderful beaches in Noia and Muros, only 30 minutes by car on the highway. These are big, wild and no really busy beaches. Watch out, Guardia Civil, a kind of homeland security department, is really well located in almost every corner throughout the streets, roads and highways so, in order to avoid bad and expensive surprises, do not driver faster than the allowed speed and, please, do not drink alcohol if you are going to take the car.
For all of you who have booked and accommodation with us, Costaur.com, we highly recommend you to call the owner or the person in charge within 48 or 24 hours before your arrival time. Set and fix key handover, arrival time and meeting point. When you arrive in the apartment or the cottage house do not forget to ask him or her all questions and doubts you have: central heating, dishwasher, garage, light bulbs, TV, devices and other electrical appliances.
Print as well the confirmation e-mail we send you with your booking details. It is much better to have it handy.
Have a funny and nice time in Santiago is really easy. There are many good restaurants as O Dezaseis, Abastos 2.0, Paz Nogueira, Casa Marcelo...although they are quite different from style and cuisen all of them are a guarantee if you love eat and drink. The city is at the same time oozing art, culture, arquitecture, museums, concerts, music and nightlife: Praza do Obradoiro, the Cathedral, Platerías, Museo do Pobo Galego (Museum of galician People), Colegiata del Sar, sacred music concerts, international painting and photo exhibitions...If you like to do your favourite sport it is as well possible. Be ready and bring your equipment with you. Basketball, futboll, golf or adventure sports with, for example, Amextreme.
Attention. Weather conditions in Galicia are always changing. Think always you have to work out a Plan B in case you need it. For example, as mere advice, thermal springs and hot baths are well known in Cuntis, Ames, Ourense, Mondariz and Guitiriz. It worths a visit.