During 2010, a Holy Year, pilgrims may get the Jubilee. To get it, one of the prerequisites is to visit the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, in which -according to tradition- the tomb of Saint James the Elder is. The Saint James Way has been declared by the UNESCO World Heritage and by the Council of Europe "European Cultural Itinerary".
Route of the Portuguese Way of Saint James
Baiona is a town brimming with history, dating back to the Roman era, but the most important date in the town's history was 1st March 1493: on that day, the Carabela Pinta arrived at its port, making Baiona the first European town to hear about the discovery of America. There is a great deal to visit in this beautiful coastal town, such as the Church of Santa Maria de Baiona, the fortress of Monterreal, where the Parador is located, the Trinidad crossing, a splendid historic district, the promenade with its large marina, etc. The surrounding area also offers some stunning landscapes such as Mount A Groba, from which the area of Las Rías Baixas looks like a magnificent and vibrant watercolour painting, Cape Sillero or the nearby Cíes Islands.
Pontevedra boasts a beautiful historic quarter. The main sights include the Plaza de Cinco Ruas, Basilica of Santa María a Mayor, Plaza do Peirao, Ponte do Burgo, Plaza de Pedreia... Nearby towns such as El Crove, San Xenso, la Toja and Combarro, with its age-old granaries, are also well worth a visit.
Santiago is a World Heritage City and offers travellers countless places to visit. The Plaza del Obradoiro with its beautiful Cathedral, the Plaza de la Universidad, the streets where you can immerse yourself in the lives of its inhabitants, palaces and churches, or museums such as the Cathedral Museum, the Museum of the Galician People, and the Galician Contemporary Art Centre. A seductive city.