Santiago de Compostela is reachable by aeroplane thanks to its international airport . The nearby cities of A Coruña (also La Coruña) and Vigo have airports as well, with international connections which you should consider when planning your trip. From those airports you can take the bus or taxi to the railway station, where there are trains to Santiago de Compostela every hour (1/2 hour from A Coruña, and 1 hour from Vigo).

The train trip from Madrid lasts five hours and is very nice if you want to enjoy beautiful landscapes. From Barcelona either a very long slow cheap train ride or fast train via Madrid and change of station.

To reach the venue from the airport you can take a taxi (21 euros) or go by bus (3 euros one way or 5.10€ both ways, every 30m). In this last case, step off at Plaza de Galicia, and walk 800m across the old town.

Santiago de Compostela is the political capital of the Spanish Comunidad Autónoma named Galicia.

In the Middle Ages, Santiago de Compostela played an important rôle as the final stage of the Camino de Santiago (Jacob's Way). Walking to Santiago became a pilgrimage fever in the 12th century that moved crowds across Europe from North to South and from East to West. Several routes starting from different capitals and crossing almost all important cities in Europe, merged in Santiago after passing the Pyrenees. They built the backbone of the European culture, where art and science were carried along and spread by the pilgrims. They arrived in Santiago moved by their faith, as well as a means of reducing prison penalties in their home countries. Many continued their way down to Finisterre, were they thought the End of the World was to be seen. Worth a visit is the new Museo de las Peregrinaciones , facing the cathedral.

The Cathedral, the Codex Calixtinus, the Pórtico de la Gloria, the Botafumeiro (amidst art and physics), and many more things are relics of those ancient times that still now, attract thousands of pilgrims every year. In fact, the Camino is nowadays experimenting a very strong revival, although the motivations are largely different. Learning about them will surely build a nice cultural complement to your scientific endeavour during the conference.
A much searched target for turists is to watch the Botafumeiro in action . This huge censer swings until almost reaching the roof and it's operation is recorded even in the Codex Calixtinus. It's an interesting example of Parametric Pumping in the Middle Ages .

In the last decade, an outstanding architectural project, the Cidade da Cultura , started being built. Unfortunately, the crisis has delayed indefinitely its final construction and nowadays only 3/5 of the project is finished.

Web sites of interest
Oficial Tourism Website of Santiago de Compostela
Oficial Tourism Website of Galicia
Cultural daily digest. : live concerts in pubs, events, etc


There are two main streets concerning restaurants and taverns: Rua da Raiña and Rua do Franco. There you will find all the options and prices. They will typically be very crowded. Other option is Rua San Pedro. This street is the main entrance of the French Camino de Santiago towards the Cathedral. You will find many nice restaurants along this street.

- To share: ("tapas" are small individual portions, and "raciones" are larger portions)
Abrigadoiro typical tavern, cutre, they serve on sheets of paper. Galician wines.
O'42. A standard of the street Rua do Franco. Mid price.
María Castaña In the Rua da Raiña, more imaginative than average.
A Moa, raciones in the garden, courses inside.
A Maceta , very nice, garden. Imaginative cusine.

- Pulpería (traditional Galician food)
Mesón do Pulpo .
Casa Fuentes ,
Os Concheiros

- Vegetarian
TS a casa - vegan tapas and restaurant

- Economic
At the venue hotel, dinners with daily menu for 11 euros.
Casa Manolo A standard for pilgrims. 9.50 euros for a full dinner.

- Restaurants
O Dezaseis Very nice tavern, mid price. The speciality: polvo a grella (grilled octopus).
A Curtiduría , specialized in rices and "paellas"

- Refined restaurants
A Tafona Casa de Xantar , high cuisine with food from the market.
Abastos2 , at the traditional market. Degustation. Need to reserve.
A Horta do Obradoiro, nice food and quiet garden. Very nice at night also to have a drink.
Casa Marcelo Degustation. Need to reserve.

- Snacks and toasts.
La Flor. Cheerful ambience.

At night

Sala Riquela . Great pub, nice atmosphere, live music, sometimes in the square in front (Plaza Feijoo)
Pub Momo Excellent pub, beautiful garden with views. Very lively. The place to have a drink on a hot night.
Pub Atlantico Good coctails and drinks as well as music selection.
Casa das Crechas Folk music pub, also live. Wide selection of beers.
Pub Século IX Latin music and dance.


- there is only one supermarket in the old town, located in Praza do Toural.
- during the morning there is food market everyday. Very advisable plan for Saturday morning.