Favorite thing: This may be prevalent all over Northwestern Spain, but Santiago de Compostela is the first place I ever saw a business almost 100% dedicated to octopus. They eat octopus up there like we do fried chicken is in the Southern United States. Octopus is good if you cook it right. Like other seafood, if overcooked, it gets so rubbery you might better bounce it off the wall. Nevertheless, a store dedicated to octopus was a new one on me even though I was a fairly seasoned traveler by then. The "octopussery" in the photo is what they tell me is the oldest one in town.
- Food and Dining
Favorite thing: Tourist Offices:
* Turismo de Santiago de Compostela
Rúa do Vilar, 63
15705 Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
- Tel.: (+34) 981.55 51 29
- Fax: (+34) 981.55 47 48
- Internet: www.santiagoturismo.com
- E. mail: email@example.com
* Oficina de Información Turística de Galicia
Rúa do Vilar, 8
- Tel.: (981) 58 40 81
- Internet: www.turgalicia.es
- E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Praza de Galicia
Fondest memory: From this link, you can find many other useful websites.
The Weather in Santiago de Compostela
Favorite thing: Useful links:
- In Spanish
- In English
- In Spanish
Favorite thing: enjoy the winding streets of the old town but make sure you don't queue for hours for the cathedral if you are carrying a backpack... they will not let you in.
Fondest memory: Sharing tapas with friends in Los Caracoles
- Arts and Culture
Favorite thing: Hi have you started walking ?
or maybe you have finished
If you begin in Leon , 20Km is very realistic, this could even include about 2 to 3 rest days if needed
mag oz (camino Dreamer )
Fondest memory: Fresh air, rural life ., spanish food and people , simplicity
A Great City
Favorite thing: I did the Camino Santiago from Merida to Santiago and had a most wonderful experience. It was wonderful to take my time and walk from town to town with nothing but my prayers, thoughts and backpack. It gave me an appreciation of Spain and her people in a way that can't be done in a week or two of touring. Enjoy Santiago and make sure to see the Cathedral, go to the Pilgrim's Mass at noon and eat some Tarta de Santiago.
Fondest memory: Arriving at the Cathedral after walking 500 miles and sitting in the Pilgrim's Mass. It was a wonderful journey that I encourage everyone to do.
Favorite thing: Being located in the northwest, Santiago has a wet humid atmosphere and in spring/winter/autumn you can expect some rain now & then. That makes its street charming and green and give the city a certain personality.
- Historical Travel
- Budget Travel
Favorite thing: These balconies are typical not only here in Santiago, but in all northern Spain. As the weather here is rainy and grey often, these balconies let a lot of light come into the houses and let locals sit there on rainy days and see the beautiful landscapes.
- Historical Travel
Fondest memory: I remember being inside the cathedral near the doors, suddenly 2 men in their late 20s came crashing through them, dropped to their knees next to me doing the sign of the cross & praying in the asle, seemingly oblivious to everyone else in the cathedral.
It was all very dramatic. They were heavily laden with camping equipment & backpacks, presumably walked the whole distance.
Mind you if I have just walked nearly 1000 km, I would probably make a fuss too (~_-)
- Religious Travel
- Hiking and Walking
Favorite thing: Santiago de Compostela is situated in the province of A Coruña (Autonomous Community of Galicia). I would say that Santiago de Compostela is the touristy destination in Galicia – you may not know where Galicia is, but you have surely heard of Santiago de Compostela. Galicia is situated in the North of Spain, by the Atlantic Ocean, and bordering Portugal.
Favorite thing: When arriving at Santiago de Compostela visit the Tourism Office. As with many other destinations in Spain, Tourism is very helpful and will provide you with detailed information about location and major highlights of the town.
Address: Rúa do Vilar.
. Winter (1st October – 31st May): 10am to 3pm and 5pm to 8 pm
. Summer (1st June to 30th September): 9am to 9 pm
As I entered Santiago de Compostela’s old quarter I felt an atmosphere of “holiness”, it is hard to explain. There are lots of tourists just visiting this beautiful place, classified by Unesco as World Heritage site, but there are also some other visitors to whom seems more important the catholic meaning of the place than the architecture itself.
Since there is a University in Santiago de Compostela you can also feel a certain students’ atmosphere, ... a nice mixture of students, catholic visitors and tourist, ... A very beautiful and well kept place. Worth a visit no matter what religion (or none) you may be.
At the first sight of the Cathedral I was struck by this imposing building. It is really huge and beautiful, with elaborate stone works. Every single detail is fantastic, I just kept looking at it and wondering how long that took to be built, how many craftsmen worked there ... I was almost speechless.
The People that you meet " on the Road " !!!
Favorite thing: Without Doubt one of the Greatest things about doing a walk like the Camino de Santiago is the people that you meet on the Road !! One of the Nicest people that we met up with this time was a young Lady by the name of Asia, and she was doing the walk as a pilgrimage representing her family back in Poland !!
- Religious Travel
- Hiking and Walking
Santiago de Compostela - A place to live
Favorite thing: Santiago is a small beautiful city of 105.000 inh. that constitutes the university center of Galicia with its more than 35.000 students.
A Coruña, in the same province, is a bigger city (let's say 300.000 inh) but its university is less traditional.
It's multicultural athmosphere and his peace makes it a perfect place to live!
Fondest memory: Fernando was studying at the AIESEC office in his faculty building to wait for a friend of his, also named Jesus, but a different one. Fernando went ahead of me and it was raining at a pretty good clip. I followed 30 minutes behind. I could have taken the coach or just stayed in the flat, but Fernando had made frequent reference to my age and my weight. That was effectively throwing down the gauntlet, so I was determined to meet his challenge in style. I walked for a bit over a mile in the rain, which was a frog strangler (downpour) by then. In the old town, there were sheltered sidewalks I could duck into. However, the lion's share of the way was like Bill Clinton- all wet. It took me about 45 minutes to make the trip from Fernando's flat to the university. The only time I was wetter was the previous year when Luc and I got caught in a sudden thunderstorm at King's Dominion. The issue was not how fast I got there nor how damp I would be when I did, but that I got there. So, after that, Fernando's "old" jokes didn't carry much rainwater.
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