Santiago de Compostela is the third most important place of pilgrimage after Jerusalem and Rome and it is the Pilgrim´s final destination on the road to Santiago. The relics of St. James are said to be kept here. Being a University city it is full of life year round. Santiago de Compostela also possesses an outstanding collection of monuments, in the Old Quarter.
Its monasterios, churches, palaces, old streets and typical popular constructions, combined with its spiritual and cultural significance, have given it its deserved inclusion in the list of World Heritage cities by UNESCO.
On the famous Plaza del Obradoiro you´ll find the magnificent 11th century Cathedral, the present-day plateresque-style Parador which was once an inn and hospital for pilgrims and the Baroque Convent of San Martiño Pinario. In the surrounding streets of the Old Quarter are bustling little shops, cafés, great bars offering many tasty treats and mouth-watering seafood restaurants. It is a delight to wander around.
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Rias Baixas consists of four large rias or estuaries. Beautiful scenery, european standard ´blue flag´ beaches and a milder climate than in the north are the general characteristics of this area. As fishing is the main occupation for most in the area, here you can enjoy some of the best fish and seafood you have ever tried.
Throughout the region you find many charming villages surrounded by fertile lands and emerald green landscapes. Among the most interesting ones is Muros, a fine, old-fashioned granite Gallego town. Also Noia, a town full of Celtic legends. Cambados, the capital of Albariño wine is worth a visit, as well as A Toxa one of the most stylish resorts in Galicia, joined by a bridge with O Grove, fishing port and family resort. This area is especially known for its many spa hotels where oine can stay or enjoy a day visit.
Located in the north of Galicia, the most outstanding feature of the city is its superbly preserved roman wall which 1.2 miles can be walked around in its entirety. For this alone the city was deservedly awarded World heritage status by UNESCO.
Lugo’s Cathedral, also worth visiting, was built in 1177 and is of Baroque style. Next to the Cathedral is the 17th century Bishop’s Palace, built in the style of a typical Gallego “pazo”. In the church of San Francisco is a very interesting Provincial Museum.
Baiona and Tuí
Baiona is a very pretty seaside town with several lovely beaches and a pleasant harbour. See the 12th century collegiate church which is Romanesque and Gothic. Also Monterral promontory with the remains of a royal fortress still preserved.
Tuí, located close to the Portugese border, is located on a hill above the Miño river. It has a nice old quarter where you´ll find the 13th century fortified cathedral. Also the San Telmo church dedicated to the patron saint of fishermen. The bridge that connects Spain with Portugal, the Puente Internacional, was built by none other than Gustave Eiffel in 1884.
If you like the look of the above Suggested Tour we will gladly prepare a quote for you. The itinerary is not rigid and can be modified to suit your needs.
Below is a selection of the accommodation we would recommend for this tour. Click on the Hotel Code or symbol for photographs and detailed information about each property. If you have registered to use our Spain Travel & Holiday Planner, you need only click on to insert it into your itinerary.
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|2 nights in SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA||GAL01||Central Hotel|
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|4 nights in SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA||GAL01||Central Hotel|