Fun for the Whole Family: Best Things To Do In Santiago With Kids

Traveling with kids can be a constant exercise in patience and creativity. As a parent, you’re tasked with finding ways to entertain and educate and sometimes even just distract your children. Let us help you out. Here are some of the best things to do in Santiago with kids.

Best things to do with kids in Santiago de Compostela.

Eat Chocolate for Breakfast

What better way to get your kids pumped up for a day of sightseeing than by giving them chocolate for breakfast? The best part is, there’s no need to feel even a little guilty about it! A cup of rich hot chocolate with a few churros is a typical Spanish breakfast. This cultural activity is definitely among the best things to do in Santiago with kids. Here are our top picks for the best churros con chocolate in Santiago!

Nothing like crowd-pleasing churros con chocolate when you're looking for a breakfast idea while you're in Santiago with kids!
Churros con chocolate is the perfect breakfast to have in Santiago with kids!

Meet Las Marías de Santiago

At the entrance to the Alameda Park stands a colorful statue of two sisters, known as Las Marías. They became known in Santiago simply by taking a walk through town at the same exact time each day wearing extravagant makeup and clothing. Snap a few photos with these lovely ladies and continue through the park for the best views overlooking Santiago!

This famous statue in Santiago de Compostela depicts two women who used to walk around the park together with beautiful clothes and makeup! A fun sight to see in Santiago with kids!
Visiting this iconic statue is a must when in Santiago with kids!
Photo Credit: Xurde Morán

Ride the Sightseeing Train

Nothing compares to exploring the winding narrow streets of Santiago’s Old Town on foot. But walking all day can get exhausting for children (and, let’s be real, for parents too!). The Santiago tourist train is a great way to see the main sights in a short period of time, or to simply take a break and enjoy the views.

Visit the Museo del Poblo Galego

The Museum of the Galician People is an interesting and fun way to learn about the history of the local people. Kids love interactive and visual learning, and this museum is a perfect activity for the whole family. It’s the perfect chance for the adults to stimulate their minds while the kids have fun interacting with the various exhibits.

Check out Cervantes’ toes in Plaza Cervantes

We’re going to let you in on a little secret: When a Galician person tells you to check out the feet of the Cervantes statue in the fountain of Plaza de Cervantes, they’re really just trying to get you close enough to the fountain to splash water on your searching face! Now that you know, why not play this trick on your kids?

If you're visiting Santiago with kids, you won't want to miss this plaza and the fun thing locals do!
In Santiago with kids? There’s a fun trick to play on others at this plaza! Photo Credit: Xurde Morán

Climb to the Roof of the Cathedral

The Cathedral of Santiago is the central attraction for many visitors and pilgrims, but for most children, it’s just another cathedral. That is until you take them to the roof! Up in the rooftop cloisters, the cathedral turns into an enchanted castle overlooking the city, complete with secret passageways that’ll get your kids’ imaginations going. Great views and history for you, great fun for them, and one of best things to do in Santiago with kids.

Go Shopping

The Mercado de Abastos is an essential stop on your trip to Santiago. Walk through the different market halls and let your kids pick out whatever they find interesting or something they’d like to have for lunch. When you’re done shopping, bring your purchases to Mariscomanía. There, they’ll cook up any meat, fish or veggies you’ve purchased at the market for a small fee per person! A meal and an activity all in one!

One of the best things to do in Santiago with kids is visit a local market. It's nothing like what they've experienced back home!
Adults and kids alike will enjoy seeing their fresh purchases turn into a delicious meal at a local market!

Santiago is an enchanting place for all those who visit, but it’s nice to have a few ideas up your sleeve for when the usual sightseeing routes aren’t as fascinating as planned. Hopefully, our ideas of the best things to do in Santiago with kids will do the trick!

Now, take a break and let us do some of the guiding and entertaining! Join us on one of our Santiago tours, and try some of our favorite Galician cuisine. Learn about the history and culture of this special Galician city and meet some of the people who run our favorite local spots!

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