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Santiago de Compostela


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  • Skyline with the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela is famous for being the last stop on the Way of Saint James. But it also has nature, with numerous green spaces; culture, with a varied calendar of activities; a series of extremely interesting monuments; gastronomy, with its delicious shellfish; and –of course– history.Read more...

What to see You should on no account miss a visit to its historic centre, declared a World Heritage site by the UNESCO. Its narrow streets and squares will lead you to palaces, churches and buildings steeped in centuries of history. One of them stands out above the rest: the cathedral, whose façade soars skywards in the Plaza del Obradoiro square. Make a point of attending the Pilgrims' Mass, and if your visit coincides with a key date in the calendar you'll be lucky enough to see the 'botafumeiro' –a vast incense burner– as it is swung to and fro beneath the cathedral vault. If you climb to the roof of the cathedral you'll be rewarded with an excellent birds' eye view of the city. Other places worth visiting include the Museum of the Galician People and the Galician Contemporary Art Centre, where you'll see a number of priceless works of art. Gastronomy Here you're guaranteed to eat well –and copiously. You can't leave without enjoying a first-rate seafood platter of Dublin bay prawns, langoustines, oysters, scallops, and more… We recommend heading for the streets known as the Ruas Franco and Raiña in the heart of the old quarter, where you'll find numerous bars and restaurants where you can sample octopus 'a la gallega', 'empanada' (savoury filled pastry) and 'lacón con grelos' (gammon and turnip greens). Festivities The two most important religious feast days are celebrated at different times of the year: the Ascension in May, and the Apostle in July, when the city comes alive with concerts, music festivals, street theatre, popular dancing and fireworks.


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Santiago de Compostela


Santiago de Compostela


Santiago de Compostela


Santiago de Compostela


Santiago de Compostela