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Forum Posts

From Santiago to Finisterre (Fisterra)

by psycho_00480

Hello! I am planning to visit Santiago de Compostela in June 07. I have a few questions that I hope somebody can give me some advice:

1/ How many days do you reckon I should stay in SDC the city itself(excluding tours to other regions)? 3 days max.?

2/ I have read that there are local day tours to Finisterre from SDC. Is that true?

3/ I have also read that it takes 3 days to walk from SDC to Finisterre. Is that true? Are there a lot of people along the route (since I am an independent traveller, female, safety is a big precaution)?

MANY THANKS in advance.

Re: From Santiago to Finisterre (Fisterra)

by Ribeirasacra

3 days is a along time in SdC. The old area, the most touristy area is very small.
You could take the train or bus to other parts if you get bored with the old city in your 3 days.
Yes there are day tours to Finisterre. All information on the web site below. We bet the tour will be in Spanish or Gallego only.
That part of the Camino is not so well trodden but you still should not encounter difficulties with safety. But to find out more about the walk, look at the next listed site which gives links to other Camino web sites. They will be able to answer your questions better we feel.

Re: From Santiago to Finisterre (Fisterra)

by culverwood

I agree with the advice given that a day or two will be more than enough to cover the old city of Santiago.

By June there should be a reasonable number of people walking to Finisterre, which does take 3 days. More information can be found at look at the right of the page at The Fisterra Way, if you go int each day you will find maps and much more.

Good Luck

Re: From Santiago to Finisterre (Fisterra)

by psycho_00480

Ribeirasacra and culverwood,

thanks a lot for your advice!

if i have 1-2 days extra in santiago de compostela, what out-of-down trips would you recommend? is going to la courna a good idea? it seems there is nothing much to see (not very culturally/historically/environmentally unique). do correct me if i'm wrong!

Re: From Santiago to Finisterre (Fisterra)

by psycho_00480

i meant "out-of-town"

Re: From Santiago to Finisterre (Fisterra)

by Ribeirasacra

Given you don’t have a car your choice of nice places to visit are quite limited.
We like the Costa Morte but public transport is a bit sketchy, if you are planning only day trips from SdC.
We have never used them but may be this web page may be of interest.

Personally La Coruña is not worth a long trip for. We live about 3 hours away however there are folks who like the place here is a link to the official web site, so that you can make up your mind.

Ian and Irene

Re: From Santiago to Finisterre (Fisterra)

by psycho_00480

Cheers, mate!

Travel Tips for Santiago de Compostela

Local " Cowboy Bar " !!!???

by into-thin-air

I wasn't Exactly sure where I should put this one ??
Sometimes on the Camino de Santiago you come across the strangest of places !! and one of these was " The Cowboy Bar " at El Ganso !!
Now you have to understand that El Ganso is a Tiny Little village right in the middle of Nowhere !! so as to why they have a Cowboy Bar -- well that's a question I can't answer ??!!??

Mercado de Abastos/Food Market

by Redang

This Food Market was built in 1.941 where the previous City Market was, and demolished in 1.937. It was the first permanent structure housing the different markets that existed in Compostela those days.

It offers fresh produce.

* Where:
Praza de Abastos/Rúa das Ameas

* When: Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Make time for a good look around Leon Cathedral !!

by into-thin-air

The largest Place we passed through on this leg of our Camino de Santiago was Leon, It is a Very Beautiful City with an Incredible Cathedral, So Make Sure that you leave yourself Plenty of time to look around both the Inside and Outside of it -- Time Very well Spent !!!

Monasterio de San Paio de Antealtares

by xanaia

The monastery and church of San Paio de Antealtares dates back to the 9th entury but it was founded in the 11th century by Alfonso II with twelve Benedictine monks in order to look after and render worship to the recently discovered tomb of the Apostle James. The present-day construction belongs almost entirely to the 17th and 18th centuries, since the original one was demolished. One of the sidewalls closes one side of Plaza de la Quintana, with an absolutely sober design based on unadorned walls. In the centre of this wall, a stone plaque commemorates the formation of the Literary Battalion, organized by Compostela´s university students in order to defend Galicia against Napoleon´s troops. At the façade opposite Plaza de la Quintana, we can see the main doorway and, at an angle, the so-called -Puerta de los Carros- (Door of the Carriages). After the Benedictine monks left in 1499, the monastery was occupied by cloistered nuns. The convent was dedicated to St. Palayo, who was martyred as a child in Cordoba. An image of his death dominates the church façade. The church, which has a Greek-cross ground plan, was designed by Fray Gabriel de Casas. The altarpiece of the high altar stands out inside. We can go through the church to enter the Museum of Sacred Art, which houses the original altar that accompanied the apostolic sarcophagus and which was given to the convent by Xelmírez, who replaced it with a more magnificent one inside the Cathedral.

Cathedral South Facade 2 Puerte de Platerias

by suvanki

The South Facade is the only facade with its original romanesque style.
The doorway has some of the finest examples of bas relief and stonework.

2 arched romanesque portals are surrounded by juxtaposed scenes which were sculpted between 1112 - 1117 by sculpters from the French Pyrenees.

Scenes include The Temptation of Christ in the desert, Woman taken into Adultery (with the skull of her lover in her lap), Flagellation of Christ , The crowning with the Crown of Thorns and The Healing of the blind.

A frieze shows scenes from The Old Testament, and 4 angels with trumpets.

The reliefs show the Quality of work created by master craftsmen - considered to be some of the highest quality are Adam with his right hand over his heart , King David playing the lute, The Creation of Adam and Christ blessing King David. These all date from the end of the 11th century.

This impressive portal is at the stop of the steps leading from the Plaza de Platerias. It leads into the South transept of the Cathedral.


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