Vigo, Spain (for Santiago de Compostela)

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Vigo clings to the slope of Monte del Castro, overlooking a namesake bay so vast, it could shelter an entire fleet. The city's medieval heritage is seen in the narrow streets and granite houses of the Ribera del Berbes, the old fishermen's quarter. Vigo is also the gateway to Santiago de Compostela, the most venerated shrine in all Europe during the Middle Ages. Pilgrims from the four corners of Christendom flocked to the magnificent cathedral, built between the 11th and 13th centuries. The cathedral still draws thousands of daily visitors today.

An important fishing and commercial port, Vigo was first settled by Celts 300 BC. The Celtic legacy lingers on in the province's old legends - and in the bagpipes played on festive occasions.

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  • Santiago de Compostela Santiago de Compostela

    Capital of Galicia, Spain, this city is dedicated to honoring St. James the Apostle or Santiago as they called him. Pilgrims traveled long distances from all over Europe to come here.

  • St. James Cathedral St. James Cathedral

    This is the destination of the 9th century medieval pilgrimage, known as the "Way of St. James." The cathedral was built in his honor on the spot where it is said his remains were found.

  • Bayona Bayona

    The news of Columbus' Discovery of the New World was first heard in Bayona in 1493 on arrival of "La Pinta". Climb up to the Castillo de Monte Real, a castle converted into a Parador, a luxury hotel. Fabulous views. Explore the replica of Columbus's second biggest ship anchored in the port.

  • Pontevedra Pontevedra

    An ancient town and medieval port, this quintessential Galician town features an old town, a market and a promenade along the waterway. Its modern district boasts a stunning bridge over the river.

  • Wine-tasting Wine-tasting

    White wines from the heart of Galicia's Albariño wine country have risen to international acclaim among wine aficionados. Sample the Albariño grape variety of several noted estates.

  • Pilgrim Museum Pilgrim Museum

    St. James Cathedral has a museum whose access is located at the crypt that displays a collection of tapestries and archaeological pieces.

  • Vigo Vigo

    Discover the largest city in Galicia and heart of the Rías Baixas. Enjoy fabulous views over the bay, admire an elegant 17th century manor house - Pazo Quiñones de León - with stunning gardens and sample some local delicacies.

  • Cíes Islands Cíes Islands

    Visit Monteagudo Island in Cíes Islands Nature Preserve, part of the Galician Atlantic Islands National Park. Enjoy free time to swim and sunbathe at the white sandy beach of Rodas, or follow your guide on an optional walk to the Alto do Príncipe vantage point.

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