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Visit that age-old favourite destination, Spain’s Santiago de Compostela.
Santiago de Compostela was a must-visit destination last year as it was Holy Year which will not fall again until 2021. 10 million ‘pilgrims’ visited the city in 2010 however if you missed it, why not take the opportunity to visit this year which is the 800th anniversary of the consecration of its famous Cathedral dedicated to St James the Apostle?
Recognised by the Spanish government as an event of exceptional public interest, tax incentives have been introduced to encourage companies and individuals to sponsor events and restoration works. The city will be offering a number of special concerts, exhibitions and gastronomic extravaganzas until December, when there'll be a large closure ceremony.
Standouts include a performance of the Barber of Seville in the Galicia Auditorium on the 28th and 30th of September, an International Medieval Music festival and the Domus Jacobi Exhibition in the Pazo de Fonseca. In October, the new Pilgrim and Santiago Museum, housed in the old Bank of Spain in the Platerias Square, is due to open.
And it’s not all about culture. There’s also plenty to see, great fish and seafood to tempt the palate and an excellent white wine called ‘Albariño, one of Spain’s best, to keep you happy!
Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) flies direct to Santiago de Compostela from London Stansted.