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27th November, 2015

La Coruna, Spain

The busy port of La Coruna is perched on the north-western coast of Spain and is the capital city of the rugged region of Galicia. Boasting a rich maritime heritage, the port is famous for being the departure point for Felipe II’s doomed Armada, which was defeated by the English in 1588. Well I’m happy to report there was no Armada waiting for us as we made our entry into the port today and with our pilot having joined me on the Bridge I kept the ‘con’ of the Saga Sapphire as we made our way into the port and onto our berth.

La Coruna is the gateway to Santiago de Compostela and indeed this was the first of our tours to head off today. Named after the Apostle Saint James ‘Santiago’, who is buried there, Santiago is certainly one of Spain’s most monumental towns. The tour began in Obradoiro Square, home to the famous cathedral, the Town Hall and the Palace of Saint Jerome. Our guests were able to see the beautiful Jubilee Door (only opened each Jubilee Year), the traditional tomb of St. James and the ‘Portico da Gloria’, the main entrance to the Cathedral and one of the world’s major works of medieval sculpture. This was constructed by Maestro Mateo in 1188 and houses hundreds of figures representing the Apocalypse and where the figure of Saint James appears to welcome the pilgrims from the Mullion. After the Cathedral visit our guests had time to explore the quiet streets and picturesque squares before taking lunch at the Parador de los Reyes Catolicos, a historic pilgrims’ hostel dating from 1499 that incorporates Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architectural styles.

The weather remained kind for our stay and with everyone safely back onboard, we let go our lines and sailed onwards to our next port of call, Leixoes in Portugal.

Captain Wesley Dunlop

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