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Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela

Galicia - is considered the region of Spain, but notIs such. It is actually on the "edge of the earth", located in the north-west of the Iberian Peninsula, on the Atlantic coast. The climatic conditions in Galicia are average, there is not cold and not hot, the language there is its local - Galician. Nature gives visitors and tourists of this region green forests and mountains. The cathedral in Santiago de Compostela is famous for its relics of the great Jacob.

The positive difference from neighboring resortsFrance and Portugal, in price, the cost in Galicia is much lower than in these countries. In Galicia, there is the so-called "Road of St. James", the so-called route through which the pilgrims went to Santiago de Compostela - the capital of Galicia. If you choose this path, you can still save on travel.

In this city, in fact, everything worships the saintJacob, because in the cathedral, the relics of the apostle James are still preserved - he was one of Christ's favorite disciples. As the legend says, the apostle Jacob told the inhabitants of Iberia the Gospel message, but then he was executed upon his arrival in Jerusalem. After the execution, Jacob's body was laid in a rook and sent to the open sea. The boat with the body moored to the shores of Galicia, the Galicians surrendered the dust to the ground, but later reburied the body in Campestella. On the site of the reburial, a chapel was erected, for many years it was repeatedly reconstructed until the chapel became the temple of St. James.

So with XII Century capital of Galicia - Santiago-de-CompostelaBecame a place for pilgrimage of Christians. All the way to the capital the pilgrims had to walk for several months, reaching the temple of St. James, they turned into wretched creatures, hungry, dirty, sometimes sick. To prevent various kinds of epidemics and eliminate the unpleasant odors emanating from the pilgrims, a meter-long silver censer was installed in the temple.

In our time the way to the temple was eased, startedTo issue leaflets "Pilgrim's Guide" with a description of the location and location of hotels in monasteries, so that pilgrims could stop and put themselves in order. Now you can only go the last 100 kilometers on foot, or by bike to drive. Officially, the route was named "Cultural Route in Europe", it starts in Spain and France. Those who wish tourists can purchase a form in which they will indicate the entire path covered, in the form of stamps. Having reached Santiago de Compostela, this form can be exchanged for a certificate sealed with the seal of a local bishop.

Galicia is famous for its balneologicalResorts and chic, comfortable hotels. The town of Bayona is the central part of the beach life. Settled in this town, you can drive around the area by car. Visit La Coruna and Vigo during traditional carnivals.

Also one of the attractions of Galicia, a system of Spanish hotels located in historical buildings - "Paradoros".

The currency used in Galicia is the euro.

The main attractions of Galicia: the ancient fortress in La Coruña and the lighthouse are worthy of viewing tourists. In Vigo - the house and museum of art and cultural creativity of Galicians were awarded.

Once in this place, try the national dishes: Seafood soup from local delicacies. Morisco soup, Galician cheeses and rabbit stewed in wine.

And be sure to buy your own souvenirs: Olive oil, light and dark Galician wine, smoked sardines. Girls-women of fashion must buy Galician lace.

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