After taking a train from Madrid to the tip of Northern Spain, we arrive at La Coruña in Galicia.
This port city is the birthplace of my paternal Grandparents. The Tower of Hercules, is an ancient Roman lighthouse in La Coruña, it’s the oldest known still-functioning Roman lighthouse in the world, the rectangular tower sits alone on a windy and hilly peninsula. The city’s main square is the Maria Pita Plaza, named after the heroine of a battle in 1589, against English forces.
Catching a train, we took a day trip to the other outstanding city in the province, Santiago de Compostela. A beautiful town which welcomes thousands of pilgrims every year. The city’s cathedral is the destination of a famous medieval pilgrimage route, the Way of St James (in Spanish El Camino de Santiago). Recognized through legend as the final resting-place of the Apostle James – the first of the Twelve Apostles to suffer martyrdom at the hands of Herod. When we visited, the massive Baroque cathedrals numerous priests were holding mass in several languages. Definitely something to behold.
Continuing east we reach the port city of Santander, the capital of Cantabria. We stayed by the beautiful beach cove El Sardinero on the northeastern part of the city by the peninsula de la Magdalena and it’s lovely palace.