Santiago de Compostela
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A beautiful city, with a great artistic and historic value.
There are many reasons to choose Santiago for your language travel. It is small: 90,000 inhabitants and 45 minutes on foot from side to side. It is also quiet and welcoming. It is friendly.
Locals love spending their time in the street: tapas at noon, a good time at a café in the historic district, sun-bathing at the Quintana Square or listening to the Banda Municipal de Música (City Council Music Band), on Sundays in Rúa do Vilar.
The city offers high quality services, as it is the administrative capital of Galicia and the Seat of the Autonomic Government. It houses one of the oldest Universities in Spain (35,000 students every year) and it is the end of the Camino de Santiago (Saint James Way).
It is not only a centre of religious pilgrimages, but also a young and fun city as a third of its population is composed of university students.
It has a year-long entertainment and cultural offer, with annual programmes in the Auditorio de Galicia (Auditorium), in theatres, in museums or in the streets and squares of the old town. In certain periods this offer becomes even more intense: Cineuropa in November; concerts of different types during the Apostle celebrations in July and during the Ascensión festivities in May; traditional celebrations in the streets in San Juan’s night in June (23rd to 24th); open-air dance festival in June.
The origins of the city date back to 10th century. It is a beautiful city with a great artistic and historic value. It is a UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage, as it is the Way that leads there, and with one of the largest and best preserved historic districts in Spain. It is surrounded by a large group of easy-access parks and green areas, all of them very well integrated in the city.
Its situation is very convenient, at the same distance from the main cities in Galicia and with good connections with them: Coruña to the North and Vigo to the South. Furthermore, it is at one hour by bus from some of the best beaches of Northern Spain. It has also good connections with Portugal. But above all, Santiago is not yet very popular in the route of language travels. Unlike other more popular places, it does not suffer saturation of overseas students. Actually, 85% of tourists arriving in the city are Spanish.