Practical information

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Santiago de Compostela is the capital city of Galicia, and a major tourist destination with a rich cultural and historical heritage. Particularly renowned are the Cathedral and city’s Old Town, which was designated in 1985 a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As the capital of Galicia, Santiago houses the seat of the Xunta de Galicia.

More information:
Santiago City Hall
Santiago de Compostela Tourism Office

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Medical emergencies 061
General emergencies 112
University Hospital Clinic of Santiago (+34) 981 950 000

TEMPERATURE AND CLIMATE

Santiago de Compostela, situated 260 metres above sea level, has a temperate and humid oceanic climate with mild temperatures throughout the year. In summertime, the average temperature run between 20º and 27º C (68-80,6 °F). A pullover will be useful for late evening.

Weather in Santiago de Compostela

INTERNATIONAL TIME ZONE

The time in Spain is GMT + 1 hour. More information

ELECTRICITY SUPPLY

Electricity supply is 220 volts throughout Spain with 2 pin wall sockets. Most electrical equipment from European countries that utilize 240 volts (e.g. UK and Ireland) will function adequately with the proper plug adapter.

Most electrical equipment from countries where the electricity supply is 110 volts (e.g. US) a transformer would be required to step down the voltage to 110 volts. Damage to the electrical appliance can occur if you attempt to use a 110 volt rated appliance with a 220 volt supply. The power cord of some type of devices (p.e. most laptops) includes the transformer. Check the labeling before usage.

PERSONAL INDENTIFICATION

It is required by Spanish law that a photographic identification be carried with you at all times. This may be a passport, driving license or national identity card. With a tightening of security in the city it is highly recommended that you carry round with you at least a photocopy of your passport should you be asked for it.

TELEPHONE CALLS

To call Santiago from a country outside Spain you need to dial (+34) for Spain.

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

The two languages spoken in Santiago are Spanish and Galician, both widely spoken interchangeably.
In the tourist areas you will have people who speak English as well as Spanish however more off the beaten track most people will only speak Spanish or Galician.

WATER SUPPLY

Although you can drink tap water safely, in some areas of Barcelona drinking water is quite unpalatable and it is recommended to drink bottled water whilst you are here. Bottled mineral water can be purchased very cheaply from local supermarkets.