Land of Compostela: Where Paths Converge

The Cathedral stands as the epicenter of Santiago, a monumental Christian edifice dating back to the 13th century, situated in the Plaza del Obradoiro. This grand structure, crafted entirely from granite, exemplifies Romanesque architecture with hints of Gothic and Baroque influences. Serving as the inaugural stone for the construction of the monumental city, Santiago de Compostela, it emerged from a sacred forest at the edge of the world with the aspiration of becoming a Holy City and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The genesis of the Cathedral, as legend has it, stems from its identification as the resting place of the Apostle Santiago’s remains. From this pivotal discovery, construction of the cathedral commenced, catalyzing its transformation into a focal point for pilgrimage in medieval Europe along the renowned Camino de Santiago. This revered route served as a sacred conduit connecting the Iberian Peninsula with the wider continent, a legacy that persists to this day, making it one of the preeminent Christian pilgrimage sites globally.

The Cathedral transcends mere architectural significance, boasting distinct areas of interest such as the Portico de la Gloria, the ornate facades adorning its exterior, and the myriad chapels nestled within its walls, culminating in the Holy Sepulchre of the Apostle Santiago. However, the crowning jewel remains the Botafumeiro, a colossal thurible utilized for centuries to suffuse the Cathedral with the fragrance of incense, propelled by a system of pulleys during special services.

This cathedral also hosts a pivotal celebration in Galicia—the Xacobeo. Occurring during years when July 25th, the feast of St. James, falls on a Sunday, the Jacobean Holy Year, also known as the Compostela Holy Year or simply Xacobeo, is a Catholic jubilee celebrated in Santiago de Compostela. The next anticipated Xacobeo is slated for 2027, in accordance with tradition.

Plaza del Obradoiro

The Plaza del Obradoiro serves as the bustling nucleus of the city, where pilgrims culminate their journey along the Camino de Santiago. It is also the venue for the inauguration of the NOCO ISDE Galicia 2024. Emblematic structures such as Rajoy’s Palace, the Hotel of the Catholic Monarchs, the College of San Jerónimo, and the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela itself grace this square.

Alameda Park

The Alameda Park stands as the foremost rendezvous point for leisurely strolls and recreational activities for the denizens of Santiago de Compostela. Comprising three distinct sections—the Alameda Promenade, the Oak Grove of Santa Susana, and the Horseshoe Promenade—it boasts a prime location bordering a segment of the historic city, offering splendid vistas of its western expanse. Renowned for the diversity and grandeur of its trees and ornamental species, it has earned its status as the premier urban garden.

Historic City Center

The historic city center stands as a living monument, with its labyrinthine streets inviting exploration and celebration of both architectural splendor and local gastronomy. It serves as the quintessential locale for comprehending and savoring Galician culture. Prominent thoroughfares include Rúa de San Pedro, the gateway for pilgrims arriving in the city via the French, Primitive, or Northern routes of the Camino de Santiago; Rúa do Franco and Rúa da Raiña, home to some of the city’s most renowned eateries; and Rúa do Preguntoiro and Rúa Nova, distinguished for their theaters and boutiques. Additionally, several squares—including Plaza de la Quintana, Plaza de Fonseca, and Plaza de Mazarelos—stand out for their beauty and vitality, adding vibrancy to the urban landscape.

Comarca de Deza

Silleda, nestled near Santiago de Compostela in the Deza region, serves as the epicenter of the NOCO ISDE Galicia 2024, alongside the towns of A Estrada, O Irixo, and Lalín, where various competition tests will be held. The Deza region’s outskirts, delineating Silleda, boast captivating attractions such as the medieval Taboada Bridge Area, the environs of the Carboeiro Monastery, the Toxa Waterfall, and the confluence of the Deza River and the Ulla River in the parish of Cira. Furthermore, the vicinity of the town offers a plethora of stately manors and manor houses to explore, endowing Silleda with a distinctive allure. Notably, the town is renowned for its expansive fairground hosting international exhibitions like the NOCO ISDE Galicia 2024 and the Semana Verde, spotlighting the region’s foremost agricultural and livestock fairs.

Lalín, located in the heart of Galicia, beckons with its rich archaeological and ethnographic heritage, nestled amidst lush forests and verdant landscapes. Boasting a delectable traditional cuisine anchored by its famed “cocido,” Lalín also boasts one of the highest concentrations of Celtic hillforts (known as castros) in Galicia, comprising 107 fortified settlements and 31 cataloged sites. The Deza region is also replete with idyllic woodlands and various manor houses and monasteries, including the Sanctuary of Santa Maria de Aguasantas, the Church of San Xoán de Cerdedo, and the Cross and Church of Carballedo in Cotobade. Notable natural attractions include the awe-inspiring Fraga de Catasós and the Sobreiral do Arnego, while modern viewpoints like the one at San Xusto in the parish of San Xurxo de Sacos offer panoramic vistas of the Lérez Valley and the cascading Rego da Barranqueira de Lixó waterfall.

Tabeirós – Terra de Montes

Beyond the hidden wonders of Silleda lie numerous attractions in the Tabeirós-Terra de Montes region. Rising over 1000 meters above sea level, the Serra do Candán, located not far from Pontevedra and even closer to Lalín and A Estrada, encompasses vast expanses of scrubland, meadows, and oak groves. A veritable treasure trove of natural splendor, A Estrada captivates with its romantic churches, expansive manor houses, and vibrant cultural festivals like A Rapa das Bestas. The Pazo de Oca, a 17th-century palace nestled within A Estrada, offers visitors a glimpse into a bygone era with its opulent interiors, ornate gardens, and picturesque ponds.

O Irixo, situated near the Serra de Candán in Ourense, exudes rustic charm, with its verdant valleys and dense forests. Home to medieval remnants and abundant religious heritage, O Irixo serves as a testament to Galicia’s rich cultural tapestry. Muros, Noia, and Porto do Son—bordering the tranquil estuary—usher visitors into a realm of medieval charm, with their historic quarters replete with emblematic architecture and maritime heritage.


Galician cuisine boasts a tradition of immense relevance and variety, representing a cornerstone of northwest Spain’s culture and society. Characterized by the high quality of its raw materials, ranging from seafood and meats to agricultural produce, Galicia is also renowned for its exquisite wines, including five distinct Denominations of Origin: Rías Baixas, Valdeorras, Ribeiro, Ribeira Sacra, and Monterrei. Signature dishes such as “empanada,” “pulpo a la gallega,” “cocido,” “zorza,” “raxo,” “jamón asado,” “lacón con grelos,” and “churrasco” epitomize the culinary prowess of the region.

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