“Santiago Rewards You” will enable tourists that visit Santiago from July 15 onwards to enjoy a free city tour that normally costs 12 euros. The promotion’s only requirement is that you spend at least three nights in a city hotel or boarding house.
Those who spend at least three nights in one of Santiago’s hotels or boarding houses may choose between the “Pilgrim Tour” or “Narrated Compostela” (one visit per person). The tours -in Spanish language only- are guaranteed every day up to December 31, while the times vary according to the season of the year. From July 15 to September 30, there will be four daily tours: at 10 am, 12 noon, 4 pm and 6 pm.
The "Pilgrim Tour" is a guided visit centred on pilgrims and their prominent role in the city, beginning with the discovery of the Apostle James’ tomb. It starts in Praza das Praterías and features emblematic places such as Praza do Obradoiro, the former pilgrim cemetery beside the Church of San Fructuoso, Rúa das Hortas and the Monastery of San Martiño Pinario. In Spanish only.
"Narrated Compostela" consists of a tour around the main streets and squares of Santiago’s Old Town, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The visit relates the history of the Apostle James, the origin of the pilgrimage and the development of Santiago de Compostela. The itinerary begins in Praza das Praterías and goes through the Old Town’s main squares and streets. In Spanish only.
Calendar of guided tours
• July 15 to September 30: 4 daily tours, every day at 10 am (“Pilgrim Tour”), 12 noon (“Narrated Compostela”), 4 pm (“Pilgrim Tour”) and 6 pm (“Narrated Compostela”).
• October 1 to 15: 12 noon (“Narrated Compostela”) and 4 pm (“Pilgrim Tour”).
• October 16 to December 31: 12 noon (“Narrated Compostela”).
How to enjoy these guided tours
If you would like to book the guided tour of your choice, and satisfy the established requirement (minimum stay of 3 nights in one of Santiago de Compostela’s hotels or boarding houses), please send an email to SantiagoTePremia@SantiagoTurismo.com at least 24 hours before the requested tour. Your email should indicate where you are staying (hotel or boarding house) and the date of your stay in Santiago de Compostela, as well as the date and time chosen to enjoy your free tour and, where applicable, the number of persons entitled to the gift (all of whom must spend at least 3 nights in the city), including their particulars (name, surname and date of birth).
Attracting family tourism and discovering Galicia
The Tourism councillor, Sindo Guinarte, presented this initiative today along with the manager of Santiago Tourism, Flavia Ramil, and the president of the Galician Association of Professional Tourist Guides, Tommi Alvarellos. The initiative is the result of an agreement signed between Santiago Tourism and the Association of Guides.
Sindo Guinarte pointed out that one of Santiago Tourism’s main objectives, in the short and medium term, is to attract family tourists from the Iberian Peninsula, encouraging them to enjoy long stays and use Santiago as a centre for discovering not only the city but also Galicia in a safe way.According to Guinarte, "Santiago Rewards You," which is also backed by A Coruña Provincial Council, forms part of this objective.
He likewise highlighted the fact that the initiative has two main beneficiaries: more than 170 Compostela hotels and boarding houses, which will have a gift to offer the individuals and families that spend at least three nights in their establishment; and the city’s tourist and commercial sectors in general, since increasing the average tourist stay has a direct economic impact.