This map shows the two main routes for pilgrims coming from France on their way to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in
Galicia, northern Spain. The southerly route is the approximate itinerary followed by Titan Tours on a nine-night trip called 'The
Way of Saint James'. After flying from Heathrow to Bilbao, a group of twenty-one tourists travel westerly to the site of the relics
of Saint James, before flying from Porto (in Portugal) to Gatwick. Jeanette and David, and Janet and John are amongst this group of
'pilgrims' to Santiago de Compostella.
Wednesday, June 14th
After landing at Bilbao, the first location visited is the resort town of San Sebastian, situated on
the Bay of Biscay in Spains mountainous Basque Country, it's known for Playa de la Concha and Playa de Ondarreta, beaches framed
by a picturesque bayfront promenade. The Maria Cristina bridge (above) features the town's initials and ship logo.
also appears on the city's Coat of Arms (right) which bears the legend Ganadas Por Fidelidad, Nobleza Y Lealtad (Earn by Fidelity,
Nobility and Loyalty).
(above and left) The Basilica of Saint Mary of the Chorus - located in the Parte Vieja (Old Town).
(above) San Sebastian's City Hall -
located in a former casino.
(above and left) one of San Sebastian's beaches
and some of its harbourside buildings.
(above) Reconstruction by Dora Salazar -
the female figure with a basket of bricks on her head represents the part paid by the
civilian population following the city's destruction by fire in 1813.
(above) Rose window of San Vicente church -
thought to be the oldest building in San Sebastian.
(above and left)
and La Cepa bar where we sample
our first tapas (known as Pintxos in this
part of Spain) of the trip.
doors of the balconies in Konstituzio Plaza
have numbers above them - a legacy from when
this square was used as a bullfighting ring.