Places to Visit in Galicia
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
What to See:
Pilgrims have been coming to Santiago de Compostela from across Europe since the 9th Century. The "Camino de Santiago"(Way of St James) was especialy popular in the middle ages and has several different itineraries as pilgrims from different European countries made their way to Santiago de Compostela by foot or on horseback. There were even Maritime routes from the UK.
The pilgrimage finishes at the impressive medieval Catedral de Santiago de Compostela which was built between the 11th and 13th Century and is on the list of UNESCO world heritage sites. The old town is centred around the Cathedral, other sites of interest include the Hospital dos Reis Catolicos which was built as a hospital for the poor at the start of the 16th century and is ironically now a Parador.
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How to get there:
- By Bus: Santiago de Compostela has frequent bus services to cities across Spain.
- By Train:There are direct lines from Madrid, Bilbao and Hendaya (France)
- By Road:Santiago de Compostela is connected to A Coruña and Portugal by the AP9 and to Burgos, Madrid and the rest of Spain by the A6
- On Foot: Every year thousands of people walk to Galicia following the Camino de Santiago.
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