Accompanying persons

Programme for the Accompanying persons

Day
Time
Activity
Activity's info
June 25th
19:00-21:00
Welcome cocktail at Hostal dos Reis Católicos
Hostal dos Reis Católicos
June 26th
9:30-17:00
Option I: Trip to La Guardia-Baiona
Option II: Route of Santiago's way
Option I
Option II
June 26th
19:30-21:00
Wine and tapas in Santiago's old town
Gastronomy route
June 26th
21:15-21:45
"The Botafumeiro swing"
Botafumeiro
June 26th
21:45-22:30
Concert at the Cathedral
Pórtico de la Gloria's instruments
June 27th
9:30-12:00
Visiting Santiago de Compostela
Route on foot
June 27th
18:45-23:30
Gala dinner
Gran Hotel La Toja

Option I. Trip to La Guardia-Baiona

La guardia has been designated a European Destination of Excellence (EDEN) by the European Commission in recognition of its proposal for sustainable tourism. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and presided by the Miño river and the Monte de Santa Tecla. At the top of the hill, in the so-called Pico de San Francisco (341 meters above sea level), we have a breathtaking view of the river Miño's mouth, the formed beaches and the border with Portugal.
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View from the Hill of Santa Tecla

The settlers of Monte de Santa Tecla established the hill fort culture, of which there are still important remains. It was discovered in 1913, when a road was opened. Circular buildings predominate, although there are also oval and square ones, the latter under Roman influence.
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Santa Tecla Hill Settlement

Baiona is a municipality in Galicia, Spain, located in the province of Pontevedra at 100 km from Santiago de Compostela. It is situated in the Monte Real area, which is protected by the sea and separate from the rest of the town.
You can visit the Parador de Baiona, situated on the Monte Real peninsula. This building is mid-way between a medieval fortress and seigniorial Gallegan architecture. It commands an impressive viewpoint above the ocean within a walled enclosure. It is protected by the sea and has a beautiful pine forest on either side.

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Option II. Route of Santiago's way (Melide-Arzúa)

During more than thousand years, the Way of St. James has led pilgrims as far as to the sanctuary of one of Christendom’s apostles: St. James the Greater. His tomb, discovered one night in the year 813 on the sacred hill of Libredón, under a shower of stars, became the foundational stone of a prodigious Cathedral and a city that, from then on, attractesd the footsteps of travelers until becoming a destination featuring traces and echoes from all over Europe.
pilgrim.jpgThe route Melide-Arzúa is the last stage of the French way before arriving to Santiago. In this stage, the Way is easy and in very good condition, mixing soil and stone with small roads between villages, with gentle climbs and descents, alternating with flat stretches. Distance: 14 km/Difficulty: low
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Visiting Santiago

Guided visit to the monumental city. We suggest a tour around Santiago de Compostela’s monumental heritage, including a not-to-be-missed walk around the Cathedral and the famous Plaza del Obradoiro, as well as the main monuments and squares.
Visit to the Cathedral rooftops. After going up the narrow stairs of the tower, we see the Cathedral’s impressive stepped rooftops. This heaven stone gives a unique opportunity to understand the church’s different construction stages to have its towers, domes and pinnacles within touching distance and to enjoy the unbeatable perspective of the monumental squares. At an altitude of almost 300 m, 30 m above Plaza del Obradoiro and with a 360-degree field of view, your eyes would wander over the city roofs and disappear into the surrounding hills in an unforgettable view.
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Concert at the Cathedral by Martin Codax Group

Martin Codax is one of the reference groups with regard to the study and interpretation of medieval music, especially from the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries. Since its founding in 1993, they have played in the most diverse scenarios, such as the Old Music Festival in Palma de Mallorca, National Auditorium in Madrid, German National Museum in Nuremberg, Espazos Sonoros Festival in Galicia or the Cervantes Institute in Rome. In 2011, they acted in the Musikinstrumentenmuseum in Berlin and in the town of Palmela (Portugal) on the score of the opening of Virtual Porch exhibition promoted by the Barrie Foundation. That year they were also invited to participate in the International Roaming Music Festival in Santiago de Compostela. Their discography and repertoire lists the most important musical events of the Middle Ages in the Iberian Peninsula: the Calixtine Code, Cantigas de Santa Maria of Alfonso X the Wise, Cantigas de Amigo Martin Codax, etc. In their interpretations, they use reproductions of medieval instruments constructed from various iconographic sources, such as the Portico de la Gloria of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, as well as traditional instruments (zanfoña, gaita, pandeiro) looking for a full integration of all these elements for performing a live and rewarding music of all these elements for performing a live and rewarding music.codax.jpgBack to top of page

Wine and tapas in Santiago's old town

franco1.jpgAfter an intensive congress day, attendants are invited to follow a wine and tapas route in the old town of Santiago de Compostela. For that purpose, each attendant will be provided with 3 free tickets, each allowing for a drink and a tapa in one of 10-12 selected bars.
Restaurante San Jaime, Bar O'Beiro, Restaurante Central, A Charca, Restaurante Cayado, A Taberna do Bispo, Petiscos de Cardenal, Restaurante O París, Restaurante O Barril, Restaurante Porta Faxeira, Casa de Xantar O Boteco.

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View Rua do Franco

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