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There are many towns in Galicia, each with their own charms and attractions. Santiago de Compostela, the capital of the autonomous region, has a magnificent cathedral dedicated to Saint James, the patron of Spain and Galicia in particular. The Way of Saint James (El Camino de Santiago), which starts in France and ends at the St. James Cathedral, is a World Heritage site due to its importance for many Catholics, especially those in Spain. Every July 25, on the patron’s feast day, thousands of Catholics gather in and around the church to pay homage to the saint’s remains, which rest within the cathedral. There are other lesser churches in Santiago as well, displaying an array of Gothic, neo-classical, Romanesque and Baroque architectural styles.
A Coruña, or La Coruña in Castilian Spanish, is the name of both a province in Galicia and its capital. The city itself has an excellent historic center and the world’s oldest working lighthouse, the Tower of Hercules. The region around the city is also filled with small, picturesque fishing towns.
Vigo, Galicia’s largest city in terms of population, is an important seaport and the economic center of Galicia, located just north of the Portuguese border. The city’s climate is slightly warmer than that of the rest of Galicia due to natural barriers and protections, making this a favorite destination for vacationers.