16 days in Santiago de Compostela & Ponferrada Itinerary

16 days in Santiago de Compostela & Ponferrada Itinerary

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16 days in Santiago de Compostela & Ponferrada Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Bus + Train:  33​h
Santiago de Compostela
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  34​h
End: Sydney

Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela ©
As the site of the sacred cathedral that marks the end of the pilgrimage route of the famous St.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santiago de Compostela: Praia da Lanzada (in O Grove), Faro de Fisterra (in Fisterra) and Playa de Silgar (in Sanxenxo). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, appreciate the extensive heritage of Monte do Gozo, make a trip to Hostal dos Reis Católicos, and stroll through Mirador Parque da Alameda.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Santiago de Compostela trip planning site .

Sydney, Australia to Santiago de Compostela is an approximately 33-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Santiago de Compostela is minus 9 hours. In September, daytime highs in Santiago de Compostela are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ponferrada.

Things to do in Santiago de Compostela

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Faro de Fisterra, Playa de Silgar, Praia da Lanzada
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Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela ©
Plaza del Obradoiro ©
Plaza del Obradoiro


Ponferrada ©
Ponferrada is the capital city of El Bierzo in the Province of León, Spain. Get out of town with these interesting Ponferrada side-trips: Museo Molinos Mazonovo (in Taramundi), Lugo (Catedral de Lugo & Muralla Romana de Lugo) and Leon (Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral, Museo Panteon San Isidoro de Leon, & more). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Santa María del Naranco. Prerrománico asturiano, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Miguel de Lillo, explore the fascinating underground world of Cuevas de Valporquero, and take in the exciting artwork at Palacio de Gaudi de Astorga.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ponferrada journey maker .

Getting from Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ponferrada

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Oviedo, Leon, Astorga, Lugo, TeverAstur Senda del Oso
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Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral ©
Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral
TeverAstur Senda del Oso ©
TeverAstur Senda del Oso
Museo Molinos Mazonovo ©
Museo Molinos Mazonovo