The city has always drawn people from all over, and was the final destination for the 9th century pilgrimage route of The Way of St. James: the pilgrimage continues to bring participants to Santiago to this day. The Way of St. James stems from the belief that the bones of St. James were moved from the Middle East and buried in a field by a shepherd, who chose the spot because it was under a particularly bright star.
Make the most of your time in this charming and lovely city and explore the beautiful Cathedral of St James, its museum and its gorgeous grounds; and visit The Alameda Park, a beautiful lush forest set apart from the city (only a short drive in your rental car) where the towering canopy of the trees will shelter you from the rain.
Take a tour of the beautiful University of Santiago, founded in 1504 by Pope Julius II, and feel the happy and jovial atmosphere that 33.000 students give to the city. The buildings are an eclectic mix of Gothic, Renaissance, Neoclassical, Baroque, the perfect place for the lovers of historical architecture.
During your visit, take a road trip along the coast into Porto, Portugal, a city with lovely dry summers and mild winters. Be sure to visit the beautiful vaulted ceilings of Oporto Cathedral, one of the oldest and most important Romanesque churches in Europe.
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