Visit Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela is the capital of Galicia and a focal point for holidays in North West Spain. It's easily one of the country's most magnificent cities, home to the shrine of St James the Apostle, the patron saint of Spain. Its grand 11th century Roman Catholic cathedral, with its iconic grey granite towers, marks the end of the Way of St. James pilgrimage, or the Camino de Santiago as it's known in Spanish.
This fabled pilgrimage route has been traversed since medieval times and puts Santiago de Compostela in the same bracket as Jerusalem and Rome as one of Christianity's most important places. Pilgrims still arrive at Santiago de Compostela in some numbers and are joined by travellers who come to see the city's beautiful old town, a superbly preserved UNESCO World Heritage site. The old town, the zona monumental, may be small but it's lined with impressive statues, grand stone mansions, open squares and the main attraction, the Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela.
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Led by an expert guide, this small group tour will see you stay in charming villages as you hike ‘The Way of St. James’. Passing through delightfully rural scenery, you’ll uncover the region’s fascinating past and unique cuisine.
Discover the Way of St James, a centuries-old pilgrimage route between León and Santiago de Compostela in beautiful northern Spain. Staying at a collection of Parador hotels, from monasteries to converted castles, you'll call in to pretty coastal towns and some of the region's famed wineries.
Discover ancient kingdoms, spectacular seascapes and lofty mountains on this wonderful route through northern Spain - a world away from the crowded 'costas' that lie to the south.
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From wild coastlines and beach curves to mountain peaks and rolling countryside, the charms of the Iberian Peninsula are seemingly endless. To help point you in the right direction our destination experts have put together the following self-drive routes that showcase the best of it all.
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