Santiago de Compostela Off The Beaten Path

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    Daytrip to Lugo

    by lotharscheer Updated Mar 11, 2014
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    The town is surrounded by a clompletly intact roman wall from the 3. century and a big part of the inner city looks still like in the middle ages.
    From Santiago there are buses every 2 hours taking either 1,5 or 2 hours the slower one is more interresting going through small towns along the N-547 and the airport, the faster one along N-634 and the A-6 Motorway.

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    550km - a museum & a strange lady

    by globetrott Updated Oct 30, 2012

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    I had a whole afternoon in Santo Domingo de la Calzada and when I passed by this museum about the Camino I wanted to take a look inside, BUT the lady at the reception was "on the telephone" and did not find the time to sell me a ticket while she was chatting with somebody.
    ...and this is why I decided to leave there again after 5 minutes of waitingtime !
    Centro de la Interpretation de Camino is the full name of the museum in the old part of the village and the other name is 550km because of the distance that this village is still away from Santiago de Compostela.

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    Casa de Lorenzo de Tejada

    by globetrott Written Oct 27, 2012

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    VThe Casa de Lorenzo de Tejada is dating back to the year 1621 and it is one of the most beautiful and elaborate secular buildings of Santo Domingo de la Calzada. You will find this building not far from the Campanile of the cathedral, in the main road to the cathedral that is also the Camino.
    From OUTside it does not look very special, but it has an ornate interior and a great staircase.

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    Convento de San Francisco

    by globetrott Written Oct 27, 2012

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    Convento de San Francisco is the former franciscan monastery that had been transformed into a modern 3-star hotel, called Parador de Sto. Domingo Bernardo de Fresneda.
    I had a look inside and found quite an impressive architecture next to ringroad around the old part of the city. There is a monument for the peregrinos in front of it as well - see it in my next tip !

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    Ayuntamiento - the townhall

    by globetrott Written Oct 27, 2012

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    You will find the Ayuntamiento (= the townhall) of Santo Domingo de la Calzada not far from the cathedral and at the end of the pedestrian area of the old city on a square called Plaza de Espana. You will find some benches there in the arcades and some nice coat of arms on the facade and some old doors with wood-carvings, that is all that might be of interest for ordinary tourists and peregrinos.

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    the medieval townwalls of Santo Domingo

    by globetrott Updated Oct 27, 2012

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    There is still a large part of the medieval townwalls of Santiago de la Calzada at the north-west-end of town and when you walk there you will see that these walls are the perefct place for lots of storks to nest.
    When you come by car you will also find lots of parking-spaces close to these walls and except for some local cars the innercircle of the old part of town - within the townwalls - is off-limits for car-trafic anyway.

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    Watch out for the storks

    by globetrott Written Oct 22, 2012

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    Watch out for the storks and you will find them from now on all over the Camino: they will be nesting on special points high above the ground, on churchtowers, cranes, telephone-masts etc. It was great to watch them at many places along the Camino / Jakobsweg / St. James Way.
    This stork had his nest close to the monastery, on top of a small church.

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    The cathedral of Najera

    by globetrott Written Oct 22, 2012

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    The cathedral of Najera is now a part of the museum of Monasterio Santa Maria la Real and the only way to get to see its interior is normally through the museum-entrance.
    From OUTside it does not look very special - like lots of spanish churches do - BUT the interior is really very interesting with ornate decorations.
    The cathedral is situated along the Camino, so you will pass by there anyway !

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    The monastery of Irache

    by globetrott Written Jul 9, 2012

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    This is the monastery of Irache and the church is open all day for tourists and pilgrims and it makes sense to take a look inside as well. The romanic church was built in the 12th century in the shape of a latin cross and in 1609 tghe twin-towers of the church had been replaced by a single tower that you can still see nowadays.
    The entrance to the church is free of charge - dont miss to take a look into the cloisters as well, the entrance to them is a bit hidden !

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    a great fence on your way to Irache

    by globetrott Written Jul 9, 2012

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    This is the most beautiful private fence that I have seen in Spain and it shows a lot of great details and sculptures about the Camino and the pilgrims in quite a funny way, so dont miss it, when you walk on the Camino: it is the 1st house on the right after you have left the town of Estella and have crossed the mainroad and start to hike on a sandy path towards the famous wine-fountain.

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    Fuente de Irache / Fuente del Vino

    by globetrott Updated Jul 9, 2012

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    This is the famous "Wine-fountain" Fuente de Irache / Fuente del Vino in a distance of just about 2km after Estella, when you walk the Camino. The faucet on the right will give you water and the one on the left is filled with red wine. The "Bodegas Irache", the winery that took over the former vinyards of the monastery fills that fountain with 70 litres of red wine every day, so it makes sense to come early, especially on a hot day in summer, when hundreds of pilgrims might pass by there in the high season. I came around 10.00am and had my sip: the wine was OK, BUT if you miss it, you would not miss anything...
    In my last picture you will see, that this very special fountain is fenced in and there are also some video-cameras attached, so it does not make sense to go there at night and fill up your wine-tanks !!! ;-)
    In the time between 08.00am and 08.00pm there is a webcam, that will show the fountain and the pilgrims - just take a look at my link below !

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    an interesting shop & shop-gate

    by globetrott Updated Jul 9, 2012

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    Dont miss to take a closer look into this shop, that you will find on the right after you have passed by the Iglesia del Santo Sepulcro. They are selling all sorts of souvenirs for peregrinos and also some antiques, BUT the most interesting part of this shop for me was the great entrance-gate and that looks best when the shop is closed !
    In my last picture you can see the shop-interior !

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    a fancy fountain

    by globetrott Updated Jun 27, 2012

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    Dont miss to take a look at this fancy fountain at the end of the village, when you are leaving on the Camino ! There is just a stick of a pilgrim with a pilgrim-hat on the top and it is pouring out the water from one of the traditional bottles into a shell.
    You simply have to press the button in order to have the water pouring out.
    After you have crossed the famous bridge you have to follow the signposts for the Camino and when you come to a street with a giant house on both sides (see it in my last picture), turn right after the end of the building on the right.
    There are some benches as well for peregrinos / pilgrims.

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    fancy doors & Door-knockers

    by globetrott Updated Jun 27, 2012

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    I had a whole afternoon to spend in Puenta la Reina and so I started to search the old part of town for interesting doors and door-knockers. The most interesting ones were in Calle Mayor, the main road through town, that is also the Camino at the same time.
    Did you see the peregrino / pilgrim as an ornament at one of the doors in my main picture here ?

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    watch out for doors, door-knockers & more

    by globetrott Updated Jun 26, 2012

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    Watching out for fancy, ancient doors & door-knockers is one of my hobbies and along the Camino you will see a lot of interesting local architecture that way.
    Something else that I found quite interesting in these villages along the Camino are the coat of arms, that are shown on the facades of many buildings, like shown in my 2nd picture here.

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