SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Highlights

  • Walking tour of Santiago
  • Travel to Pontevedra
  • Stunning Santiago Cathedral
8 DAY
PILGRIMAGE
From
£789pp
   BY AIR     3-4 STARS

This is the location that the Romans used to call Finis Terrae, or ‘end of the world’, and it was to here that the Apostle James travelled to preach and convert people to Christianity (St James translated into Spanish is Santiago).

In the 9th Century, a hermit discovered the tomb of St James in a forest and pilgrims have been visiting Santiago ever since. News of this find spread throughout Europe; the King of Galicia and Asturias visited to pay his respects and a cathedral was erected by Alfonso IX at the site of the discovery. Pilgrims increased in numbers throughout the Middle Ages, travelling along the now famous Camino de Santiago (or Pilgrim Way) and the cathedral was ultimately extended to accommodate growing popularity.

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Pilgrimages to Spain

ITINERARY

Day 1

Fly to La Coruna. Transfer to hotel in Santiago de Compostela.

Day 2

Walking tour of Santiago and the stunning cathedral, the final resting place of St James.

Day 3

Travel to Lugo and explore this old town surrounded by a complete Roman Wall.

Day 4

Travel to Cape Finisterre, travelling along the spectacular coast road for glorious views. See Cape Finisterre, with its Church of St Mary of the Sands, the final dramatic destination for generations of pilgrims.

Day 5

Travel to Pontevedra. The Ria de Pontevedra resembles a Scandinavian fjord with its steep and forested sides. Visit the Church of San Francisco and the Monastery of Santa Maria.

Day 6

Travel to La Coruna, a wealthy city with attractive squares and churches. The major port here still has a functional Roman Lighthouse, and it was from here that the ill-fated Spanish Armada set sail.

Day 7

Free day at leisure.

Day 8

Free time subject to flights. Fly home.

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