This is the part II of the Northern Spain trip we had and while part I took us from Barcelona to Cape Finisterre Lighthouse, part II will take us back towards Barcelona on a different route.
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A couple of years ago we had an astonishing round trip in Northern Spain, starting in Barcelona up to Figueres, to the birthplace of Salvador Dalí and further to the lighthouse at Cabo de Creus. From there we went up to Andorra, unfortunately it was raining most of the driving, so not many photos from this stretch.
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Santiago de Compostela Cathedral is the reputed burial place of Saint James the Great and is hugely popular among pilgrims who travel, often by foot, from all over Europe and beyond. Many of the pilgrims then continues the journey to Finisterre, the place in Roman time considered to be the end of the world.
The cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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The only remaining roman wall that completely surrounds a city in the world is in Lugo, Galicia – Spain. Protected by UNESCO World Heritage Site, the wall is more than 2000 meters long, up to 15 meters tall, has more than 70 towers and ten gates. Constructed in the 3rd century, the wall nowadays is mostly a tourist attraction and a way for locals to get around the city on the wide walkway on top of the wall.
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Faro de Finisterre, means literally the lighthouse at the end of the earth. In Roman times it was considered to be the westernmost point on the Iberian Peninsula and the end of the known world. Later it has been discovered that the westernmost point of the Peninsula is in Portugal and the westernmost point on mainland Spain is slightly more to the north.
Cape Finisterre is also the final destination of the Camino de Santiago, where pilgrims from all over Europe has walked to the famous Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, where they believe the remains of Saint James are to this day.
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Torre de Hércules is an ancient Roman lighthouse just outside the city of La Coruña in the north west tip of Spain. The lighthouse is overlooking a part of the Death Coast (Costa da Morte). The structure dates back to the 2nd century and is the oldest roman lighthouse still in use.
The lighthouse is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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