Santiago Airport, also known as Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport, is situated only a 20 minute car journey from the city of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. Make sure you book your hire car early to allow you to properly experience all that the region has to offer.
Santiago de Compostela
This historic city is famous for its religious significance in Spain. It is the most famous pilgrimage destination in the country and thousands of pilgrims find their way here to visit the beautiful cathedral. Make sure you pay it a visit and take a look at the decorative Botafumeiro, that all the pilgrims come to see. It is situated in a golden chapel within the main body of the cathedral and it is a must-see while you are in the city.
There is more to the city than its religious sites though. Make sure you explore the old streets and soak up the atmosphere at one of the outdoor cafés. You can also stroll around the beautiful Mirador Park and visit the Museum of Galicia.
In under an hour’s drive you could be at one of a number of beautiful towns and villages that dot the coastline. There are beautiful scenic driving roads and plenty of things to see and do. You can visit the relaxing small town of Fisterra or the beautiful beaches of Riveira further south. There are also bigger resorts such as Vigo and Pontevedra that are also within driving distance. Wherever you choose to visit along the nearby coast you will be greeted by friendly locals and beautiful scenery.
If you fancy some time away from the beach then you can head inland to the city of Lugo. It is a 90 minute drive from Santiago de Compostela and is a great place for a day trip. This beautiful walled city has plenty of historic sites that make for an interesting trip. Make sure you visit the beautiful cathedral, old monastery and the walls themselves, which will keep all history lovers occupied.