Our Santiago de Compostela Private Tour from Vigo Shore Excursion starts from the Cruise Terminal of the Port of Vigo.
Santiago de Compostela is one of the most important cities in Europe. Besides, it is the third most important city in the world for Christian pilgrimage. Pilgrims from the four corners of Christendom flocked to visit the magnificent Santiago´s Cathedral, built between the 12th and 13th centuries. Beneath the stunning cathedral’s high altar are enshrined the remains of St. James the Apostle, revered by pilgrims that have walked there from all over Europe, since the Middle Ages and continue to do so today.
Starting with a stroll through Santiago´s Old Town, you will visit Rua do Franco, a street full of history for the santiagueses. Next we will head to Mercado de Abastos, one of the oldest and for sure unique food market in Spain. After learning so much history about the streets of Santiago along with your guide, you will reach Santiago´s Cathedral. Your guide will show you the interior and provide you with a full description. It is rich with decorations around the high altar and there is plenty of interest to explore. At the base of the central pillar, you can find the Tree of Jesse. Here pilgrims have long paused to place a hand, a gesture that, repeated over the centuries, has worn finger-sized indentations in the stone. You will also visit the Jubilee Door which opens only for the pardons of each Jubilee Year.
Next, outside the Cathedral, you’ll visit Plaza del Obradoiro and Plaza de las Platerías. Santiago de Compostela is a national monument and the spacious squares, long stone arcades, and surrounding buildings make it one of the most beautiful cities in all of Spain. The squares are situated at two of the four points of the cross-shaped cathedral. Furthermore, you will explore the narrow and picturesque streets of the old town with your guide. Next, we will stop for local lunch at one of the many excellent restaurants serving Galician dishes.
At the end of our Santiago de Compostela private tour from Vigo Shore Excursion, we will be picked up by our driver and we will take you back to the Port of Vigo to get back to the ship on time.