Pilgrim Mass in the Cathedral at 12 noon
Pilgrim Prayers in the Cathedral in the evenings (May – October).
Confession in the Cathedral is available throughout the day, usually in multiple languages. If there are no priests in the confessionals, or there is no confessional offering your own language, please ask in the sacristy.
The Blessed Sacrament Chapel is a quieter area for reflection and prayer.
The Cathedral is full of wonderful art, especially the Pórtico de la Gloria sculptures, take time to appreciate all it has to offer. You can book various tours of its treasures and even a tour of the roof, please see http://www.catedraldesantiago.es/
The Pilgrim Office http://peregrinossantiago.es/eng/pilgrims-office/welcome/
This is where you apply for your compostela or certificado. They also offer left luggage and bicycle storage facilities.
There is plenty to see and do in the city of Santiago. The Pilgrim Office particularly recommends the Route of Routes, a new path which visits all the historic entry points of the camino routes into the city, please ask in the Pilgrim Office or at the Tourist Office at Rúa do Vilar, 63.
There are also various churches around the city that are usually open in the mornings and evenings for services or quiet reflection and prayer.
Please see the Confraternity’s updated guide: Camino de Santiago – A Pilgrim’s Guide to Santiago de Compostela by Johnnie Walker. This includes twenty recommendations for places to visit in Santiago de Compostela, including the Cathedral and other noteworthy churches, and a range of museums focusing on pilgrimage, Galician life and culture, and contemporary art. Available in our online shop and as a Kindle ebook.
For those with reserves of time and energy, a further journey to Finisterre (89 km) and then onto Muxia (a further 29 km) may allow time to absorb the camino experience. Please see our Santiago to Finisterre/Muxia page for an overview of this route.