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Excursions

Guided visit of the City

Castillo de San Antón, Torre de Hércules, Jardines de Méndez Nuñez, Marina, Dársena, vinos and tapas routes, Plaza Mayor, theatre, movie houses and typical restaurants.

Excursión 1 - The way of St. James (" El camino inglés").

El camino de Santiago (A El camino inglés): Coruña., Cambre, Ordes, Santiago.

Excursión 2 - Celtic Route/La ruta celta

Costa da morte, Malpica, Laxe, Camariñas, Corcubión y Finisterre

Other Excursions

Afternoon excursions to surrounding pueblos, historical sites, book fairs, medieval markets, castles.

  • To Santiago de Compostela
  • Betanzos
  • Daily visits to la Coruña and its various historical sites

2 Free Excursions

Santiago De Compostela and other sites. Castillo De Andrade.

Santiago de Compostela

All roads to Spain once led to the northwestern pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela. In addition to being the third-largest holy city of the Christian world, Santiago de Compostela is a university town and a marketplace for Galician farmers.

But it was the medieval pilgrims who made the city famous. A pilgrimage to the tomb of the beheaded apostle, St. James, was a high point for the faithful - peasant and prince alike - who journeyed here from all over Europe.

Santiago de Compostela's link with legend began in A.D 813, when an urn was discovered containing what were believed to be the remains of St. James. A temple was erected over the spot, but in the 16th century, church fathers hid the remains of the saint, fearing they may be destroyed in raids along the coast by Sir Francis Drake. Somewhat amazingly, the alleged remains - subject of interest for millions of pilgrims from across Europe - lay relatively forgotten.

For decades no one was exactly certain where they were. Then in 1879 a workman making repairs on the church discovered what were supposed to be the remains, hidden since the 1500s. Of course, skeptics seriously questioned their authenticity. To prove this was the actual corpse of St. James, church officials brought back a sliver of the skull of St. James from Italy. They claimed that it fit perfectly, like a puzzle piece, into the recently discovered skeleton.

Aside from its religious connections, Santiago de Compostela, with its flagstone streets, churches, and shrines, is one of the most romantic and historic of Spain's great cities. It has been declared a national landmark. Santiago has the dubious distinction of being the rainiest city of Spain, but the showers tend to arrive and end suddenly. Locals claim that the rain only makes their city more beautiful, and the rain-slick cobblestones might prompt you to agree.

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