Santiago De Compostela is named after and owes its reputation to the legend of Saint James, one of the apostles of Jesus Christ. After he was decapitated in Palestine, his body was buried here, according to legend. At the site of his tomb was later built the cathedral, one of the main attractions of the city. It became one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Europe. Nowadays still many pilgrims make their way on foot or by bike to this particular town. The main symbol they wear is a scallop. Today you can still sense the magic-holy atmosphere and it is wonderful to walk around the historic center with its maze of streets, squares and beautiful buildings.
If you visit Santiago De Compostela from Vigo or La Coruna cruise port keep in mind the travel distances and count on at least a spacious half to a full day. You can easily spend a couple of hours in the historic city center.
Popular ports for an excursion to Santiago De Compostela are: