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Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela has been declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its extraordinary state of conservation and for being the final destination of a millenarian pilgrimage route dating from the 9th century: the Camino de Santiago. Every year, thousands of pilgrims follow the Camino de Santiago on foot, by bicycle or even on horseback to reach the Cathedral of Santiago.

Santiago is the most cosmopolitan city in Galicia, hosting several popular festivities, annual music, film and theatre festivals and a great number of exhibitions. Thanks to its University, created more than 500 years ago and with a population of 33,000 students, more than a hundred cultural events are scheduled every year.

For the benefit of its millions of visitors throughout the year, Santiago has a network of accommodation that exceeds 10,700 places (3,500 of them in hotels) as well as specific facilities for meetings and conferences As the capital city of Galicia, Santiago embodies the tradition and richness of a cuisine renowned for the quality of its land and sea ingredients, undoubtedly one of the city’s main attractions.

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Santiago is located near the geographical centre of Galicia. The city, rising 260 meters above sea level, has a humid oceanic weather with mild temperatures throughout the year The average annual temperature is 15 ºC. While in winter temperatures can range between 4 ºC and 11 ºC in January, the coldest month, in summer they can range between 14 ºC and 25 ºC.

Santiago is known as “The rainy city” since precipitations are mainly abundant in winter and frequent in spring and autumn, reaching some 141 days of rain per year.