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Free Walking Tour of Santiago de Compostela
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Free Walking Tour of Santiago de Compostela

9.60 / 10
2,683 reviews
It was a nice tour but would suggest to have a bathroom/drink break.
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  • Free
  • English English
  • 2 hours

Set off on a free walking tour of Santiago de Compostela and discover its emblematic landmarks and its history with an expert English-speaking guide.

Free Walking Tour of Santiago de Compostela

Meet your guide and the rest of the group at Plaza del Obradoiro, heart of this important pilgrimage city.

First, you'll admire the western façade of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, built in the eighteenth century. Your professional guide will also point out the Pazo de Raxoi, a neoclassical palace located in front of the cathedral. And then, marvel at the striking Hostal de Los Reyes Católicos, believed to be the oldest hotel in the world.  

Continue the city tour wandering through the squares located behind the cathedral. Learn about the curious history of the Quintana de los Muertos (Square of the Dead) and Quintana de los Vivos (Square of the Living). Next, head to Plaza de Platerías, dominated by a beautiful fountain: Fuente de los Caballos.

This World Heritage Site is full of legends and myths, which your guide will reveal as you wander through its winding streets to the University of Santiago. From here, take the Calle del Franco, a road full of bars and great restaurants. At the end of the street, in the Parque de La Alameda, you’ll come upon an unsual statue of two women: Las dos Marías. This figure is a homage to two sisters who used to walk up and down this street flirting with the students.

The free walking tour will come to an end at the starting point.

Important information

  • If you’re traveling with over 6 people, please book a private tour. Groups of over 6 people will not be allowed to participate in the Santiago de Compostela Free Walking Tour.
  • Minors must always be accompanied by an adult. Each adult can be accompanied by a maximum of three adolescents or children.


Free tours do not have a fixed price, rather each person offers the guide the amount they consider appropriate, depending on their level of satisfaction.

More Information


2 hours.

Language English

The tour is exclusively in English.


English speaking guide specialized in the history of Santiago de Compostela.

When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.

You can book up to 2 days before (Santiago de Compostela local time) if there are still places available.


Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you still have more questions, check out our section on frequently asked questions. If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.


Meeting point

Plaza del Obradoiro.


If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation in the control panel, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.