Santiago de Compostela, population 100,000 is a small city, capital of the Galicia region of Spain and traditionally a place of pilgrimage for Catholics as it is believed to be the place where St. James the Great is buried. In the past pilgrims got to Santiago by walking the 780 kilometres along the ?Way of St. James? from a place in France called St. Jean Pied-de-Port. Today getting to Santiago is a lot easier of course. By air you can fly into Lavacolla Airport which is twenty minutes away by bus from the city centre. If you are connecting from other cities and towns in Galicia then you could also use the Arriva and Monbus buses, or the Alsa buses if connecting from elsewhere in Spain.
During the Napoleonic war Santiago de Compostela was captured by the French but the Spanish partisans launched several daring attempts to wrest it from the invaders, believing in some sort of divine intervention from Saint James. In the Spanish Civil War the city was under the fascists and suffered a stint of heavy-handed repression for the duration of the dictatorship. But the city?s enduring claim to fame is still the fact of its being the burial place for Saint James the Great.
Today, Santiago receives thousands of tourists on account of its religious tradition and its cathedral and city centre have been designated world heritage sites by UNESCO.
For sightseeing around Santiago you have the option to use the Tralusa buses (0.99 euros for adults and 0.55 euros for those under 18). The buses can take you around from one part of the city to another. But for freedom and maximum mobility to take in the views and experience the city?s atmosphere as it was experienced by the pilgrims in times past you will want to travel by car. Tripindicator.com is the best place to go for the pocket-friendly car deals in Santiago. The service enables you to compare the best rates concerning car hire in Santiago and book in advance so you will be sure to find the car you need waiting for you when you arrive at this holy holiday redoubt. And, oh, from Santiago, you might want to visit the town of Finisterre, 70km away, a place that was once believed to be the end of the world.