Santiago De Compostela - World Heritage Site In Spain
Far away from the popular Spanish Costas is one of Spain's most striking World Heritage Sites - Santiago de Compostela. The city is situated in the Celtic heartland of Northwest Spain and is surrounded by mesmerizing countryside landscapes that would be more at home in Southern Ireland or Scotland. A beautiful city in its own right, Santiago de Compostela was assured of its status as a tourist magnet many centuries ago. The Apostle Saint James - the first of the twelve apostles to suffer martyrdom - is said to have been buried here, and since the 10th century AD the city has been a focus for the pilgrimage along the Way of the Apostle Saint James.
Today, the final two weeks of July in Santiago de Compostela is a procession of festivities, the 'main event' being the annual Festival of the Apostle St James on 25 July. For tourists, this is perhaps the best time to visit the city as the whole place comes alive. There are fireworks, street entertainers, exhibitions, concerts and stalls offering as much local produce and delicacies as you can manage. On the 25th there is the religious ceremony in honor of St James - the King's Offering to the Apostle.
When visiting Santiago de Compostela it is impossible not to be impressed by the astounding architecture around the city. Elaborate stonework is everywhere, with examples of romanesque, medieval, gothic and renaissance architecture dominating the skyline. At its historic heart is the Parador de Turismo de Santiago in the Plaza del Obradoiro - the most impressive of all the architectural designs in the city.
Santiago de Compostela airport provides easy access to the city for international travelers. Domestic and international flights from cities such as Madrid, Barcelona and London arrive at the airport with some regularity. The city is approximately 12km from the airport so booking a hire car in advance at http://www.your-carhire.com for pick up at the airport is advisable.
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