Santiago de Compostela was declared a World Heritage City by UNESCO in 1985:
‘An extraordinary ensemble of distinguished monuments grouped around the tomb of St. James the Greater, the destination of all the roads of Christianity’s greatest pilgrimage from the 11th to the 18th century, Santiago de Compostela is beyond the shadow of a doubt one of the world heritage’s most obvious properties… an ideal city which is overflowing with history and timelessness as well…’
But Santiago de Compostela is also a European Capital of Culture, a title it was granted in the year 2000 (along with Avignon, Prague, Krakow, Helsinki, Brussels, Bergen, Bologna and Reykjavik) in recognition of its cultural dynamism and its work of cultural dissemination throughout history.
A World Heritage City and destination of the Way of St. James, as well as a European City of Culture, Santiago de Compostela is undoubtedly a privileged destination for cultural tourism.
Furthermore, it is also the capital of Galicia, a magical region that the Romans considered the end of the world and which therefore enjoys a unique culture: Galician culture.