Santiago de Compostela is a leap into a centuries-old holy city. The final destination for pilgrims on the legendary 500-mile Camino de Santiago trail (Way of Saint James), this is a place that very much bears the spiritual and historic weight of such a trek. The capital city of the Spanish autonomous region of Galicia, Santiago has a distinctly medieval spirit, particularly in its soaring cathedral that marks the journey's end for weary travellers. A truly magnificent sight, this is one of the most important religious monuments in Spain and with its architectural masterwork and multitude of styles featured throughout, you can see why.
Built around it, the city and its picturesque Old Town - a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site - extends out to the south in a wonderful maze of narrow cobbled streets, cosy squares and artisan shops. There’s no denying Santiago de Compostela is a popular haunt and at the height of the summer, the city’s narrow walkways hum with life and yet there’s always a pocket of peace to be found and the city’s passion and drama will seduce, no matter the crowds. Plan your Santiago de Compostela holidays off-season and the student buzz and misty weather (the city is said to be most beautiful in the rain) will give your trip a whole new spellbinding dimension.

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