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Vigo, Spain

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Santiago De Compostela With Lunch

Visit the shrine of St. James the Apostle, Spain's patron saint. The cathedral was one of the three main sites for Christian pilgrimage during the Middle Ages. Then sit down to a lunch featuring traditional Galician cuisine and wines in the Parador Hostal de los Reyes Catolicos.

St. James Cathedral - The original church was a 12th-century Romanesque building, but additions over the ages have considerably altered the cathedral. The ornate Obradoiro fašade, for example, dates from the 18th-century. The interior is richly decorated. The Tree of Jesus at the base of the central pillar has been touched by so many hands over the centuries that finger-shaped indentations have been worn into the stone.

Plaza del Obradoiro & Plaza de Platerias - Santiago de Compostela is a natural monument. The city features long stone arcades, superb buildings and spacious plazas. The Plazas del Obradoiro and Platerias are located at two of the four cardinal points of the cross-shaped cathedral.

Wander through the squares, browsing for souvenirs and religious articles among the local vendors.

Lunch will be served at the hotel Parador Hostal de los Reyes Catolicos, a former 15th century Royal Hospital which gave shelter to the numerous pilgrims making their way to Santiago de Compostela.

From Vigo, you drive north along the highway, crossing the Strait of Rande via Pontevedra to Santiago de Compostela.