Jul 15, 2008

Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela lies in the north west corner of Spain. The city is capital of Galicia, a beautiful, green land with strong Celtic ties. The region is famed for its fine seafood and its excellent wines.

Historically the city is famous as the place where St James was buried after his remains were transferred here by sea from the Holy Land. On the site where he was buried stands the magnificent Cathedral of Santiago which attracts thousands of pilgrims who walk the ancient Way of St James (Camino de Santiago) every year.

The city offers a lively nightlife thanks to a large student population and there are some stunning day excursions from Santiago upto Finisterre along the rugged 'coast of death' and south into the Rias Baixas.

Santiago's remote location has long kept it isolated from mainstream tourism but now some budget airlines have started to offer services here so the city is starting to establish itself as a popular short break location.

Airport Transfer

Santiago de Compostela's Labacolla airport lies 10 kilometres north east of the city centre on the N-547 road to Lugo.

Internal flights with Iberia and Spanair have accounted for most traffic until recently when the budget carriers added Santiago to their short break portfolio and now there are regular flights from London Stansted with Ryanair as well as flights from Heathrow with British Airways. You can also fly with Iberia from London to nearby A Coruña.

The following destinations are all served by Santiago airport:

Barcelona, Madrid, Bilbao, Valencia, Malaga, Seville, Tenerife South, Palma de Majorca, London, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Zurich, Geneva, Brussels, Lisbon, Jerez, Alicante.

Airlines offering services to Santiago include all the foolowing:

Airport Transfers

Outside the arrivals lounge you'll see the taxi rank where you can take a taxi into the city centre for approximately 20€. Taxis to A Coruña would be around 80€.

More economical is to take the bus. There are Ryan Air buses serving all their incoming flights (see www.ryanair.com) as well as two public bus services leaving from next to the terminal with routes to the city as follows:

Airport-Santiago (bus station) line:

These buses run every 30-40 minutes.

Airport-Lorenzo-Cruce de Moureean-Lavacolla-San Xordo-San Marcos-San Lázaro-Bus Station (Rua Rodríguez de Vigurí, s/n).

Airport-Santiago (Doctor Teixeiro) line :

These buses run every 30-60 minutes.

Airport-Lorenzo-Cruce de Moureean-Lavacolla-San Xordo-San Marcos-San Lázaro-Bus station (Plaza Camilo Díez Baliño)-Avenida de Lugo- Doctor Teixero

Services also operate to Lugo and to A Coruña.

Santiago Airport Telephone Number: (+34) 981 547 704

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