What every single tourist miss...
There are things that only the people from Santiago know and that do not appear in the travel guides. We have made up some tricks to play on the people that come to Santiago for the first time, especially if they are our friends. Every single one trusts us and they all fall into the trap. This is what I like best from Santiago, I enjoy doing that. Am I bad?
So, if you don´t know anyone from Santiago you are gonna miss the funniest part from this city's legends and history. Just go to my travelogue on "I tricked you!!!" and I will try to explain you some of these tricks.
Watching Santiago from the top of the Cathedral
Visiting the Cathedral roofs is an unforgettable experience and an unique chance to watch Compostela from another point of view... Even though it's quite expensive (10 Euro per person) it includes a guided tour that'll make you discover a part of the Cathedral's history (the expected and the unexpected one).There are special discounts for groups, students, pilgrims and retired people. The timetable is from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m but it's suggested to reserve the visit in advance. The entrance is in the "Pazo de Xelmirez", on the left side of the Obradoiro facade.
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
We couldn't sleep in until doomsday because we were scheduled to meet Fernando's daddy in Negreira. Getting me up proved to be a challenge for Fernando. He finally had to stick the entire pot of coffee under my nose. We left at 11.00 to try various Galician dishes such as empanada- some sort of tuna pie, a sort of licorice flavoured bread, and I even tried octopus- it tastes rather like scallops. Also, against my better judgment, I tried the Galician wines- red and white. To me, all wine tastes the same- terrible. Fernando's daddy and an elderly friend of his were impressed that an American tourist would try to speak Galician let alone do as well as I did.
Vigo appears to be the crossroads of northwestern Spain as it is a transfer point on many railroad itineraries. Sadly, the train station was all I had time to see in Vigo, but stick with me, I'll tour the cathedrals, narrow streets, and sidewalk cafes next time I'm in the area. I'm told by friends I'm overdue to return. The long layover in Vigo was the most relaxation I had since leaving home the previous day. That was what made it a challenge. It was so relaxing, I was afraid to miss the final leg of my journey to Santiago de Compostela by sleeping through the arrival and departure of my train. I continued to read my Patricia Cornwell book- which has become a travel tradition, walk around (buying a key chain from Javier in Barcelona), and drink strong coffee (the highest octane they had). It was a real battle to stay awake. The train arrived on time again. Was this my lucky day or what? You would have thought that I would have fallen asleep straightaway on boarding the train. However, two things kept me awake. First, I was afraid I would miss my stop in Santiago de Compostela and wake up in El Ferol or somewhere. Second, after what seemed like an eternity as the train made the winding trip through the green hills of Northwestern Spain, I knew I was getting close to Santiago- so I was pumped in much the same way I was on the way to Disney World the first time.
The Small towns where time stands still !!
With the decline in the manpower needed in modern agriculture some of Spain Rural Villages and Small Towns have suffered a Huge decline in population !! However this leaves the Pilgrim with an Excellent opportunity to see how people lived many years ago !! Because of the lack of demand for houses in these villages, they have been left almost totally undeveloped !!! a Rare Chance for a glimpse back in time !!!
- Religious Travel
- Hiking and Walking
Museo de las Peregrinaciones
The Pilgrimage Museum shows the importance, for European culture and Hispanic America, of the pilgrimage and worship of Santiago.
Rúa de San Miguel, 4
- Fax: (+34) 981 58 19 55
Well if you are full of art, and need commercial services, facilities and offers, just cross La Senra and get into the bustling new town. Not really artistic, but is where most high designers shops are. Place for eating, drinking, buying and walking. International boutiques like Benetton, Sissley, Hugo Boss, Pepe Jeans; Geoxx or Lacoste, and plenty of bars and restaurants. Also world famous ZARA everywhere and local designers like Roberto Verino, Antonio Pernas, Adolfo Dominguez, and Purificación Garcia. The best streets are General Pardiñas, Montero Rios, Doctor Teijeiro, Brañas Boulevard and Republica del Salvador. Anyway, the commercial activities are everywhere. Ideal to see local citizens life. The centre of Ensanche is the active RED SQUARE. Circular and mostly pedestrian, has plenty of local life in summer time and terraces of some cafés and bars. There s a funny and modern waterfall coming down Camelia Street. You will find the most posh area at LA ROSA. Lovely garden villas, and place for the well offs to live. The most stunning building is at EL Horreo Street, and its the local regional Parliament of Galicia.
The Railway station lies at the end of Horreo Street.
panoramic views from the public gardens
Take a walk along the promenade of the Paseo da Ferradua at the end of the lovely street Rua do Franco, which heads away from the cathedral to the south west of the old part, to the lovely public gardens there for excellent views of the Santiago.
Lovely high trees provide cover while the spacious gardens give an excellent view and overall impression of the whole architectural ensemble.
- Hiking and Walking
- Historical Travel
The food market, in the south, near the University, is a good place to wander around if tou have some spare time. Apart from the building itself, built up in grey stone, it is interesting to see the wide variety of seafood, and the local peasants selling their goods right there on the floor.
- Food and Dining
- Budget Travel
Look Out for Unusual Town & Village Names !!
When walking the Camino de Santiago you will pass through 1000's of villages and towns and some of them have Very Interesting and Unusual names, often with links to their History !! our favourite was the Village of Reliegos -- Easy to see where that name came from !!!
- Religious Travel
- Hiking and Walking
Near Santiago is a very small village called "Ponte Maceira". It's just a very small group of houses by a river with a water mill, a dam, small waterfalls, a chapel and an 8th century bridge. It is an absolutley beautiful place during the day and the most romantic place at night. I always take my friends there and so far they've all loved it.
Mercado de Abastos/Food Market
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.
Praza de Abastos/Rúa das Ameas
* When: Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Iglesia de Santa María Salomé
Iglesia de Santa María Salomé (Igrexa de Santa María Salomé/Church of Santa María Salomé) was commissioned by Archbishop Xelmírez in the 12th century. Just the front and a few details are original. It is dedicated to María Salomé, the mother of the Apostle Santiago.
Rúa Nova, 31
Tel.: (+34) 981 58 41 68
Capilla y Fuente del Apóstol de la Rúa do Franco
Capela e Fonte do Apóstolo (Chapel and Fountain of the Apostle of Franco street).
Santiago Apostle was beheaded in Jerusalem and his corpse and head were collected by his Disciples Anastasio and Teodoro who brought them by boat to Galicia. After arriving in Iria Flavia and according to legend, the bullocks that carried the remains of Santiago, stopped there to drink water. Nowadays, you can see the fountain.
Address: Rúa do Franco, 5
From Praza do Obradoiro, take Rúa do Franco, and just a few metres later and right after Praza de Fonseca, on the left.
Convento de San Francisco
Baroque style, the Convent of San Francisco de Valdediós was founded by St. Francis of Assisi during his visit to Santiago de Compostela in 1.214.
Address: Costa de San Francisco/Rúa de San Francisco.
From Praza do Obradoiro, and facing the Catheral, take Rúa de San Francisco on your left and walk for a few minutes.
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