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        About Santiago de Compostela

        Santiago de Compostela is the capital of the autonomous community of Galicia, located in northwestern Spain. It is considered one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in the world. In addition, the city and its surroundings have several attractions to offer. The old town is one of the cities that are part of the World Heritage UNESCO.

        Of course, every true pilgrim must visit Santiago de Compostela once in their life, as the Camino de Santiago or Way of St. James is an extensive network of ancient pilgrimage routes that crisscross Europe and eventually all lead to the tomb of St. James in Santiago de Compostela.

        Otherwise, Santiago de Compostela is considered an extremely popular destination for travellers who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, the tourist crowds, and the traffic chaos. In this city and especially in its surroundings you can experience tranquillity in the true sense of the word. Everyone can find a corner for themselves where they can relax and find peace of mind with the sounds of silence. Of course, there are also crowds in Santiago de Compostela, especially during the great pilgrimage ceremonies and major Christian holidays, but unlike the cities of Spain, this is a really quiet place that deserves to be visited and explored.

        Of course, the city is not just for pilgrims and those seeking peace. If you have decided to rent a car and explore Galicia, Santiago de Compostela is a place you should put on your list. A beautiful city that is divided into a new and an old part of the city will enchant you. The intertwining of history and modern art gives the city a very special charm. Very bold modern art is perfectly complemented by historical buildings and monuments, giving the city a uniqueness that will captivate you. Besides the beautiful old town, the many narrow streets that intertwine and occasionally expand into beautiful squares where you can have a coffee and a delicious lunch, the city's nightlife will also win you over. The city takes on a whole new look at night, transforming from a quiet pilgrimage center into a lively city with parties going on until the morning. Not to forget the excellent restaurants, where you will surely be most convinced by the exceptional Galician seafood and of course, like everywhere in Spain, by the unique tapas that you simply cannot resist.

        So if you are interested in Galicia, it is best to book your car hire as soon as possible and set off to explore this fascinating country.

        Basic info and car hire in Santiago de Compostela

        • Location: Galicia, Spain
        • Population: 96,405
        • Official language: Galician, Spanish
        • Currency: Euro
        • Weather:   Oceanic climate
        • Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
        • Road conditions:  Most roads in Santiago de Compostela are in good condition.
        • Car hire in Santiago de Compostela:  The most common pick-up point for vehicles in Santiago de Compostela in Santiago de Compostela airport and Santiago de Compostela Railway Station. Please note that prices vary frequently. It is best to book a car 3 to 8 weeks in advance of your desired pick-up date - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. Find the best deal on car hire in Santiago de Compostela!

         Driving in Santiago de Compostela

        To drive a car in Santiago de Compostela you must be 18 years old, have a valid driver's license, and show valid proof of insurance for the vehicle you are driving. In Santiago de Compostela, vehicles drive on the right-hand side of the road. The speed limit on the motorway is 120 km/h (75 mph). On normal roads the speed limit is 90 km/h (75 mph), on urban roads, it is 50 km/h (50 mph), and on all other through roads, there is a speed limit sign.

        It's good to know that Spain has strict drink-driving laws, allowing only 0.5 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood - stricter than in the UK, where the limit is 0.8. Novice drivers are effectively banned from driving under the influence with a very low limit of 0.1 mg/l. Seatbelts front and rear are compulsory everywhere.

        One thing: for those not used to roundabouts: There are a lot of them in Spain! And the following rules apply: The driver who is already in the roundabout has the right of way unless there is a traffic light at the roundabout that regulates the flow of traffic. Before leaving the roundabout, you should put on your right turn signal to indicate that you are leaving the roundabout.

        If you are caught speeding in Santiago de Compostela, the Spanish police act very quickly, and lack of Spanish is not considered an excuse. The police do not mind that you are a tourist on holiday, and fines are often issued immediately unless you can prove that you are a permanent resident in Spain. If you receive a fine, make sure the officer gives you an official receipt and if you pay immediately, the fine is usually reduced by 20%.

        The Spanish law on the use of indicators on motorways is strictly enforced. You risk a fine if you fail to signal before overtaking and after overtaking if you move back into the adjacent lane. Traffic coming from the left always has the right of way. If you see a solid white line in the middle of the road, do not cross it. Continue until you either see a dotted white line or look for a sign that says "Cambio de Sentido" where you can safely and legally turn around.

        • Age limits: The minimum age to drive a car in Spain is 18 years. However, most car rental companies require you to be at least 21 to rent a car and at least 25 years to avoid paying an additional young driver fee. 
        • International Driving Permit:  Yes, if you are a non-EU licence holder.  
        • Additional papers:   Identification(passport), a valid driving licence, and valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to buy insurance at the car hire agency in case your policy doesn't cover you while driving in Spain)
        • Additional requirements:  Glasses (in case you need glasses, you must always have a spare pair in the car), light bulbs (are usually already in the car and are provided by the car rental company), warning triangle (2 are required for all vehicles registered in Spain and 1 if coming from abroad), high visibility vest (recently made compulsory)- First aid kit (not compulsory, but we strongly recommend you have it with you, just in case).
        • Children in the car:  If you are travelling with children under 12 or less than 135cm tall, you are required by law to have a child seat in your car. If you do not have your own, most car rental companies will provide one for a fee. However, it is advisable to request such a seat before collecting the vehicle, otherwise one may not always be available.
        • Driving side of the road: Right
        • Lights:  Check that all lights are working, clean, and correctly aimed.
        • General speed limits:  The speed limit is 50 km/h in cities, 90 km/h on rural roads, and 120 km/h on the motorway.
        • Parking suggestions:  Parking is prohibited in Spain in all areas where the curbs are marked yellow. The parking spaces marked in blue usually have a parking meter and you must buy a parking ticket to park in these spaces. You will usually find a machine nearby where you can purchase your parking ticket. Most of these blue areas have a parking limit of 2 hours, but this is displayed on the machine.

        Car Hire in Santiago de Compostela

        Most popular car hire at Santiago de Compostela

        The most selected hire car in Santiago de Compostela is Ford Fiesta, with Renault Clio and Seat Ibiza also being a popular option. The most popular car types in Santiago de Compostela are mini, economy, and compact.

        Popular Driving Routes

        Popular One-Way car hire from Santiago de Compostela

        Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No worries! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way Car Hire options in many locations outside of Santiago de Compostela. One-way car rental is ideal for cross-town or cross-country travel, saving time by not returning to your original location. Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across the Spain.

        • Santiago de Compostela-Lugo (103km with approximately  1,5 hours of drive)

        • Santiago de Compostela-Vigo (88km with approximately  1 hour of drive)

        • Santiago de Compostela-Ourense (104km with approximately  1,5 hours of drive)

        • Santiago de Compostela-Braga (190km with approximately  2-2,5 hours of drive)

        What to see in Santiago de Compostela

        Galician Contemporary Art Center (CGAC)

        A mixture of modern art and the rich history of Galicia, this powerful and fascinating building offers everything you would expect from an art centre. You can admire the building itself, which will impress you both from the outside and the inside. In addition, the Galician Contemporary Art Center also hosts top exhibitions of contemporary Galician artists, as well as exhibitions of contemporary artists from outside Galicia. Last but not least, let us not forget the beautiful terrace of this centre, from which you can enjoy a great view of the old town of Santiago de Compostela. 

        The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

        It is one of the most striking buildings in the city. The beginning of its construction dates back to the 11th century and represents the pinnacle of architecture at that time. It combines many different styles that complement each other, creating a perfect architectural masterpiece that is also considered the ultimate pilgrimage destination on the famous Way of Saint James.

        Museum of the Galician People

        The museum gives you an insight into the history of Galicia and its people. It is divided in such a way that each room in this museum represents an area that we want to know. Thus, in the museum, we get an insight into the history related to the sea, pilgrimage, architecture, economy, clothing, music ... an important part is also dedicated to archaeology, painting, and sculpture.

        Roxio Palace

        Originally, this building was intended for a seminary, but throughout history, it has changed its purpose and today it is the town hall and the space where the Galician government is based. What distinguishes the building the most is its powerful façade that fascinates every visitor.

        Hostal de Los Reyes Catholic

        It was built as a kind of hostel for pilgrims on the Way of Saint James. Today, this Gothic building has been converted into a hotel, but still retains its appearance and fascinates travellers who visit it. Inside this powerful architectural masterpiece are the gardens, and also occupies a special place the Chapel of Enrique de Egas, which is considered the most important and popular tourist attraction in this building.

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          Explore Spain 

          Drive your rental car beyond Santiago de Compostela

          If you have decided to explore Spain, then Galicia is not to be missed. This autonomous Spanish community, bordered by Portugal to the south and Castilia and Leon to the north, is one of the most popular destinations in Spain, both for pilgrims and hikers and for avid drivers who prefer to travel by car. Renting a car is an easy and probably the best way to see this beautiful country. If Santiago de Compostela is the destination of pilgrimage routes, in your case this city can also be the start of your journey through Spain, but it can also be one of the intermediate stops or even the final destination. It does not matter, the main thing is that you are in for a very special experience that you will not forget and to which you will probably return many times.

          The road trip through Galicia has some points that you should not miss. Since the landscape is along the Atlantic Ocean, on one hand, you have beaches and on the other hand, you can expect beautiful hills where those who are in good shape and want to explore the hills will get their money's worth. The landscape is truly varied and offers forests where you can breathe fresh air, as well as beautiful paths along rivers and through rocky areas that will lead you to truly breathtaking views of the countryside.

          Of course, in Galicia, you can also visit the unique towns and villages that you will discover as you drive through the countryside. Be sure to visit the province of A Coruna, which offers a truly rich and unspoiled natural environment and some really attractive natural parks where you can get to know unspoiled Spain. The next province in Galicia that you should not miss is Lugo, located in the north of Galicia. Lugo offers you the greatest and most interesting contrasts between beautiful beaches and magnificent mountain routes. The capital of the province, also called Lugo, is also worth a visit. It is on the list of UNESCO and is a World Heritage Site. Another unique province is Ourense, which is located in the south of Galicia and is especially known for its thermal waters. Here you can indulge in many spas and the rich nature. However, if you decide to explore the first town of Pontevedra, do not miss the Romanesque Route, where you can learn more about the history of Galicia.

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          Enjoy the culture in Santiago de Compostela

          Where to eat, drink, and party in Santiago de Compostela

          Galicia has its unique cuisine, and Santiago de Compostela is a great place to try it. The king of Galician cuisine is Pulpo (octopus), which you can find on almost every menu here in the region! Other types of seafood like sardines or fresh cod are also excellent choices for your dish while wine will be an adequate finish that goes well with most dishes across Spain as wholeheartedly recommended by locals themselves when asked: "what else should visitors know?".

          Galicia is home to many delicious dishes, and the tortilla de patata (Spanish omelette) can easily stand out as one of them. In Santiago de Compostela you will find a bustling bar that specializes in this dish-the "Tita". Order an order for yourself or share with friends so everyone gets their fill! 


          Santiago de Compostela is a small town, but it has a lively nightlife scene. The Old Town area of the city features bars and tapas lounges that are perfect for those who enjoy drinking with friends or date nights! Here's our list: Las Dunas: This cosy sports bar offers pool tables in addition to darts boards—all within view from its open front patio overlooking Plaza Mayor. ) La Cuca Buena: A self-described "friendly neighbourhood dive," this establishment packs in personality into each room while serving up some excellent drinks (especially their signature mules). 3 .) Bar Meninas

        Best restaurants in Santiago de Compostela:

        A Noiesa Restaurante

        Benedita Elisa

        O Sendeiro

        Casa Marcelo

        Casa dos xacobes

        taperia vinoteca la jefatura


        What you need to know about renting a car

        How do you make a booking with Orbit Car Hire?

        You can easily book your vehicle with Orbit Car Hire. First, you must choose the date and location of your rental in our booking form. In the next step, you can pick the vehicle you want from the list. After filling out the personal information form, there is a step where you choose the payment method and fill in your credit card information. Finally, you can print out your voucher needed at pick-up time.

        What are the charges for security deposits?

        Every car rental has a security deposit policy. You will find the information about the security deposit while booking the vehicle or on your voucher. 

        What if I would like to change my booking?

        If you need to change the booking you made through Orbit Car Hire. Don't hesitate to contact our customer support team at or by phone at +44 20 8089 0089. You can cancel your booking free of charge at least forty-eight hours before your rental is due to start. For further information, please read the Terms of Use. 

        How do I cancel my booking?

        You can cancel your booking free of charge at least forty-eight hours before your rental is due to start. For further information, please read the Conditions of Use. Our customer service team will address your requests in due time:

        When do I pay for the rental car?

        You pay a small deposit when making the booking as a guarantee. The remaining balance is paid when you pick up your rental vehicle. Please keep in mind that the payment at the counter is paid in local currency. 

        What is included in the price?

        Most of the reservations made by Orbit Car Hire include unlimited mileage, local tax, mandatory fees, and collision damage waiver. In steps 1 and 2 in the booking process or on your voucher, you can see all the details about your booking inclusions.

        Are there any hidden fees?

        There are no hidden charges! All mandatory surcharges and fees are presented in the 3rd step of the booking process and our Terms and Conditions. Please note that additional charges may apply for some rentals in the case of:

        • Out-of-hours surcharge (when picking up the vehicle outside of office hours),
        • One-way fee (when returning the vehicle at a different location),
        • The service charge for fuel (prepaid fuel policy),
        • Young/senior driver fee (the car hire company sets this condition and is usually not about the regulation of the specific country),
        • Excess and deposit amount (before hiring, you need to ensure your credit card limit is high enough for the deposit amount to be blocked, which usually equals the excess amount or higher).

        We advise our clients to read the Terms and Conditions carefully before the rental to avoid surprises. Our knowledgeable customer service agents will gladly help you with any questions via phone, email, or live chat during our opening hours.

        What is a voucher, and why do I need it?

        A voucher is a document that confirms your booking, the price, and the payment of your booking. Having your voucher with you at the time of pick-up is mandatory. If you do not have the voucher at the pickup, the vehicle provider may refuse to release the vehicle to you or change the rental price.

        What is an airport or premium location fee?

        A Premium location/airport fee is a fee that covers the location service costs. This fee is usually included in the price but may still occur at some locations and is charged locally.

        What is Premium Coverage, and how does it work?

        Premium Coverage is an optional service by Orbit Car Hire that, if accepted, covers your financial accountability for damage or theft to the hired vehicle. This is not insured with a car hire company that reduces the excess amount, but a cover refunds you if the car hire company charges you for damage or theft. With this option, you will be reimbursed up to 3000 EUR. You can read the Terms and Conditions or contact us for more information.

        How do I find cheap car hire online?

        Prices vary frequently. Booking a car 3 to 8 weeks before your desired pick-up date is best - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. 

        How many countries do you compare to?

        We at Orbit Car Hire compare car hire prices in over 140 countries, including popular destinations within Europe such as Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Iceland, Croatia, Malta, France, Slovenia, and Germany. 

        What currency should I use to pay for the car?

        You can pay the confirmation fee on Orbit's page in EUR, GBP, ISK and USD. When you pick up your car hire, you will pay the remaining balance in the currency of the pickup country. 

        Can I rent a car from inside the terminal?

        You can hire a car from inside the terminal. When you compare our offers, you can filter "In Terminal" to see all the offers we have that are inside the terminal. 

        What is the cheapest car to rent?

        The cheapest car to rent is the Fiat 500, Volkswagen Up and Fiat Panda. 

        Can I add a driver to my booking?

        You can always add a driver to your booking when finding your car hire deal on Orbit Car Hire. If you have already made a booking, you can contact us to add the additional driver. You can also add a driver to your booking when you pick up the vehicle. 

        What payment methods are accepted?

        You can pay with a debit and credit card when booking with Orbit Car Hire. We accept Mastercard and Visa. 

        Can I drop off my car at a different location?

        Yes, you can. When you look for car hire deals on our webpage, you can press "Yes" to "Different drop-off location" and see all the best deals for one-way car hire. 

        How can I add a flight number to my booking?

        You can add a flight number on our webpage when booking. If you already have a booking, email us at, and our customer service will add your flight number to the booking. 

        Do I have to pay for toll roads?

        If you drive where toll roads are required, you are responsible for paying for the toll roads on which you drive the rental vehicle. 

        What does deductible mean?

        If a rental car is damaged or even stolen while on rent, there will be a limit to how much the renter has to pay to repair or fix it. Excess (also known as deductible) is a name for the amount that has to be paid. This excess is different between countries and car rental companies in each country. Depending on the car rental company, this can include fire, vandalism, theft, or loss of use while the car is being repaired. You can read more about deductibles right here.

        What is a Collision Damage Waiver?

        Collision Damage Waiver, or CDW, is a basic car rental insurance offered to renters by a car company. CDW limits your financial liability in case of damages to the body of the hired vehicle with an excess. The driver is responsible for paying for the excess, but the car rental company waives the rest of the cost. This excess can be different between rent a car company.

        What is Theft Protection?

        Theft Protection is a car rental insurance that car rental companies offer. It protects the renter up to a certain amount from the risk of stealing the rental car or somebody trying to steal it. An excess, also known as a deductible, comes with each Theft Protection. This excess is the limit to what the renter would have to pay if the car is stolen or if somebody tries to steal it.

        Which brands can I compare with Orbit?

        With Orbit Car Hire, you can compare car hire with all the major car rentals like Europcar, Enterprise, Alamo, Sixt and Budget. You can also compare over 100 local companies from all over the world. 

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