Report and photos by Ruth and Jonathan Lucas
Santiago de Compostela - for centuries the goal for tens of thousands of pilgrims every year. They came from all over Europe along the pilgrim route - like a river through the mountains of northern Spain, with tributaries from France to the north, from Italy and beyond to the east, and from Spain itself to the south.
The focal point for the pilgrims was of course the Cathedral. For us, not pilgrims but tourists from Nerja, our trip was in two parts. Santiago was the first destination, the Cathedral and City and the legend of St James and how it shaped the City.
Our second destination was the Atlantic coast of Galicia, a remote and relatively wild landscape with the Atlantic on two sides and Portugal to the south, and a language and culture distinct from the rest of Spain.
Our thanks to those who worked so hard to make it happen.