• Visiting all the main urban spaces of the city.
  • Concise review of Santiago’s history to understand its present-day layout
  • Clear introduction to town’s contemporary urban strategy
  • External visit of Álvaro Siza Vieira works.

Description

Santiago de Compostela is a UNESCO world heritage site that welcomes pilgrims since the 12th century. The urban plot that from the Middle Ages surrounds the Apostle is an active historical city awarded for its conservation criteria. This half day day tour takes you on a chronological walk from the very first spaces of the medieval town and the most significant baroque squares to the contemporary architectural projects that surround the historical core acting as urban linking pieces between the old town and the new developments.

The monumental façade: panoramic view from the Alameda towards the old town of Santiago de Compostela
Alvaro Siza Vieira in Santiago de Compostela: CGAC Galician Center of Contemporary Art.
Contemporary Housing Project in Bonaval, Santiago. Architect: Víctor López Cotelo

Programme

Start of the tour at the hotel or central location, meet and greet with the guide

Locus Sancti Jacobi
– The origins –

The renovation of a baroque square
– Pilgrimage Museum (M. Gallego Jorreto, 2012) and Casa do Cabildo –

Alameda

– The first stage of the green belt –

Coffee break at an old café

Food market

Galician Centre for Contemporary Art and Bonaval Park
– The planning strategy – (Álvaro Siza, 1993)

New housing projects: Caramoniña
– Urban surgery – (Víctor López Cotelo, 2009)

Explanations of the urban plot through the most representative spaces, historic and contemporary buildings.  If you wish to do interior visits we invite you to check our bespoke tours.

End of the tour at the Galician Centre for Contemporary Art.

Duration: 5,5 hours

Transport: on foot

Services: experienced local architect as guide, meet and greet at the hotel or a central location,  café reservation.

Languages: English, Spanish (Please contact us for other languages)

Group size: max. 20 pax

Price per group upon request (Estimation of price per person for a group of 20 pax: 37 euros + 21% VAT. Consumptions at café not included)