What to do after the Way of Saint James? posted: 2014-08-26 11:41:00
Check out our top places to visit after walking the Camino!
After completing the Way of Saint James many pilgrims are exhausted and decide to take some well deserved time off. If this is the case for you, then you are in the right place. Luckily the region of Galicia is located on a coastal edge of Spain. The region gives travelers that walk the Camino a chance to head to a coastal town, relax and spend some time on the beach after their pilgrimage. Of course, you can also choose to end your trip once you reach Santiago. Or, you can go back and visit some of the sights you passed along the way. However, if you find the coast more appealing, then Baiona and Costa da Morte are wonderful places to visit.
Baiona is located in the Galicia region and the province of Pontevedra and is a fantastic destination to head to after walking the Camino. It has a well-developed tourism industry and so can offer entertainment to any type of tourist. Not only are there gorgeous beaches to enjoy, but the town also offers an interesting medieval historical quarter. Visit Baiona’s town website for some history on the area. After the discovery of America, The Pinta, one of Christopher Columbus’ ships, returned to Europe, specifically the port of Baiona. That made Baiona the first town to hear about the discovery of the New World. There is a replica of The Pinta in Baiona that is open to visitors. This coastal area is beautiful and awaits tired pilgrims whose bodies are in need of some rest and relaxation.
Costa da Morte
Costa da Morte is another coastal area in the region of Galicia. It is not as popular a tourist destination as Baiona. If you're not intimidated by the translation of its name, "The Coast of Death", we highly recommend a visit. The name comes from the difficulty it causes for ships because of the waves and rocky ocean area. There have been more than a few shipwrecks along this stretch of coast, the most infamous being the wreck of the oil tanker Prestige in 2002. The water is very rough and only recommended for stronger swimmers, but that does not mean this is not a beautiful area to experience. The Costa da Morte offers the opportunity to walk along and see the magnificent coast of Galicia without encountering as many tourists as in other areas. This coast has a very serene, peaceful and calming atmosphere. The coast is very refreshing for those who walk the pilgrimage routes. Have a look at our day trip finisterre-Costa Da Morte.
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