The Ascension festivities are one of the most important celebrations held in the city of Santiago de Compostela in May. The festivity lasts several days and offers a variety of activities and events for all tastes.
During the festivities, open-air concerts, traditional dances, handicraft exhibitions and activities for children are held in different parts of the city. Do not miss the cabezudos parading through the main streets of the old town.
The festivities of the Ascension are a unique opportunity to know and enjoy the culture and traditions of Santiago, in a festive and joyful atmosphere.
In addition, the Ascension is a fantastic time to take a guided tour of the historic center with our guides. Book your place now!
You'll find below the official program of the festivities in the following link:
Holy Week in Santiago de Compostela is a significant religious and cultural celebration in the city, commemorating the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
During this week, there are numerous processions and liturgical events in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and other churches in the city.
Holy Week in Santiago de Compostela begins on Palm Sunday with the procession of the palms, in which the faithful carry palm branches and olive branches to commemorate Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. Throughout the week, various processions take place, in which images of the Virgin, Jesus, or other saints are carried in an atmosphere of great devotion and solemnity. These processions are accompanied by religious music and the drums and trumpets of the music bands.
On Holy Thursday, the Mass of the Lord's Supper is celebrated, commemorating Jesus' Last Supper with his disciples. After the Mass, the procession of Silence takes place, in which penitents move in silence through the city's streets.
Good Friday is the most solemn day of Holy Week in Santiago de Compostela. The procession of the Holy Burial takes place, in which the image of Jesus dead on the cross is carried.
On Holy Saturday, the Easter Vigil is celebrated, commemorating Jesus' resurrection.
Holy Week in Santiago de Compostela is a unique experience and an opportunity to immerse oneself in the culture and religious tradition of the city.
The cuisine of Santiago de Compostela is an integral part of the city's culture, offering a wide variety of typical dishes and culinary delights. Here are some of the most notable dishes and products:
Pulpo a la gallega: This is one of the most famous and appreciated dishes in the region. It is cooked in water and salt, and served with olive oil and paprika.
Empanada gallega: This is a pie filled with meat, fish, or vegetables, and covered with bread dough. It is a typical dish of the region, and is ideal for picnics or street food.
Lacón con grelos: This is a dish made with lacón (salted pork) and grelos (a vegetable similar to cabbage). It is usually served with boiled potatoes and chorizo.
Zorza: This is minced meat marinated with paprika, garlic, and other spices. It is served fried, and is often accompanied by potatoes or bread.
Tarta de Santiago: This is a typical dessert of the region, made with almonds, sugar, and eggs. It is decorated with powdered sugar in the shape of the cross of Santiago.
In addition to these dishes, Santiago de Compostela offers other typical products of the region, such as tetilla cheese, filloas (a kind of crepe), albariño wine, and orujo (a Galician brandy). The city has a wide variety of restaurants and bars where you can enjoy local cuisine, from the most traditional to the most innovative.
The Way, also known as Camino de Santiago, is one of the most important pilgrimage routes of Christianity and has been traveled by pilgrims for over a thousand years.
There are multiple routes leading to Santiago de Compostela, but the most popular are the French Way, which begins in the French city of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and Roncesvalles, the Northern Way, which starts in Irún (north of Spain), the Silver Way, from Cádiz (South of Spain), the Portuguese Way, from Lisbon, the Primitive Way, from Oviedo in Asturias, and the English Way, which starts in A Coruña and Ferrol in Galicia.
The Way is marked with yellow arrows and scallop shells, which are the symbol of the pilgrimage.
The Camino ends at the KM0 located in the center of the Obradoiro Square in Santiago.
Pilgrims on the Way usually make the route on foot, by bicycle or even on horseback.
The Camino de Santiago is not only a physical journey, but also a spiritual one. Regardless of motivation, completing the Camino is a significant accomplishment and a life-changing experience for many who undertake it.