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The ancient pilgrimage route along the Camino de Santiago is a quintessential example of how walking provides a great way to slow down to see the world. We only take in a portion of this route, the full version of which stretches its way all over Europe.
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Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela is now considered by UNESCO to be a World Heritage Site and attracts visitors from all over the world thanks to its fantastic monuments. The town is named after the Apostle Saint James ("Santiago"), who is buried here. In 2000 Santiago de Compostela was given the title of European Cultural Capital. Santiago is certainly one of Spain's most monumental towns, with a particular architectonical style all of its own. But it is as well a town plenty of life, with one of the most famous Universities and a large number of students who guarantee youthful ambience inbetween the historical walls. The region's cuisine is of great reputation, and it is said that nowhere has better seafood than Santiago.
Sitting on a hill surrounded by the 3 rivers Minho, Rato, and Chanca is the capital of Galicia. The community of Lugo is surrounded by 1,700-year-old Roman walls, perfectly intact and protected by UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its many architectural heritage is influenced by the Celts, Romans, and Goths. These historical infrastructures stand strong curtained with the beautiful landscape of impressive mountainous vistas, forests, and meadows.
Astorga, a magnificent religious city, pre-dates the Kingdom of Leon by 875 years and has more than 2,000 years of history. It was captured by the French, retaken by the Spanish and influenced by the Romans, leaving its rich medieval legacy in today’s historical landmarks. This city surrounded by mountains is protected by The Walls wherein travelers can walk along the walls and see the extent of its once vast kingdom. The Episcopal Palace designed by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi incorporates nature, religion and architecture to the Modernist building now a host museum shared with the rest of the world. If traveling to Astorga, expect a hospitable welcome and in the spirit of their many year-round fiestas, join the celebrations!
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