Galicia and Asturias: Places to Explore

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Santiago de Compostela

A large, lively university makes Santiago one of the most exciting cities in Spain, and its cathedral makes it one of the most impressive. The building is opulent and awesome, yet its towers create a sense of harmony as a benign St. James, dressed in pilgrim's costume, looks down from his perch. Santiago de Compostela welcomes more than 4.5 million visitors a year, with an extra million during Holy Years (the next will be in 2021), when St. James's Day, July 25, falls on a Sunday.

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