Travellers can access Compostela easily by train or flying to Santiago airport. If visitors arrive by car they can use many car parks and service areas in the city and its surroundings, because the dimensions and the structure of Compostela invite to have a walk at any time of the day in a city where time has transformed the rain and the stone of its streets into monuments.
Santiago is based on two inseparable blocks: the monumental area the contemporary one. The historic centre was declared World Heritage in 1985, it is a pedestrian area from the streets Rúa Nova and Rúa Vilar which make an entry to the Cathedral and the squares around it. In front of the main facade there is the majestic Obradoiro square where five architectonical jewels from different eras and in different styles reside. The Hostal de los Reyes Católicos, el Pazo de Raxoi, y el Pazo de Fonseca give a perspective which both visitors and locals can enjoy every day of the year and that together with the basilica, which you can enter for free, are the main attractions of the city. It is recommended visiting the roofs, the museum and the tribune and don't miss the pilgrim's mass and the botafumeiro, its symbolic censer. All this is part of a rich cultural offering, broad as well as pluralistic, which extends to the entire city.