Friday, October 12, 2012

SPAIN: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Santiago de Compostela, in winter a campus and in summer a pilgrimage town is a really lively and warm city despite its rainy weather. Always full of young people, the atmosphere is always cheerful, especially in the many bars and restaurants where you can enjoy delicious Galician food.


Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
Pilgrims in Obradoiro in front of the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela



The obradoiro exudes a magical attraction that forces you to walk through it whenever you're around. I couldn't help admiring the cathedral and the other buildings of this huge plaza: the Parador (ancient pilgrim hospital), the Pazo de Raxoi and the College of San Jerónimo.

Around the cathedral there are several places where there is a fantastic atmosphere, and pedestrian arcaded streets ideal for walking and the great monastery of San Martín Pinario.

So in Santiago de Compostela I visited the following places:

  • Cathedral of Santiago (and its roofs)
  • Obradoiro (Pazo de Raxoi and College of San Jerónimo)
  • Parador (also in Obradoiro)
  • Squares of Praterías, Quintana and Inmaculada around the cathedral
  • Monastery of San Martín Pinario
  • Rúa do Vilar, Rúa do Franco and Rúa Nova
  • Alameda Park (views of the cathedral)


Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela


Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela from La Alameda
Santiago de Compostela cathedral from La Alameda


Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
 Towers of the baroque cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

Obradoiro


Pilgrims in Obradoiro in Santiago de Compostela
Pilgrims in Obradoiro in Santiago de Compostela

Pazo de Raxoi in Obradoiro in Santiago de Compostela
Pazo de Raxoi and shell of The Way of Saint James in Obradoiro in Santiago de Compostela

Parador of Santiago de Compostela
Parador of Santiago de Compostela in Obradoiro

Parador of Santiago de Compostela
Inside the Parador of Santiago de Compostela

San Jerónimo in Obradorio
College of San Jerónimo in Obradorio

Rua do Vilar in Santiago de Compostela



Rua do Vilar in Santiago de Compostela
Rua do Vilar in Santiago de Compostela

San Martin Pinario



Church of San Martín Pinario in Santiago de Compostela
Church of San Martín Pinario Monastery in Santiago de Compostela


Roof of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral



Roof of the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
Roof of the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

Roof of the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
San Martín Pinario from the roof of the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

Botafumeiro inside the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
Botafumeiro inside the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

A Casa do Medio Restaurant



A Casa do Medio restaurant in Santiago de Compostela
Glass of Albariño white wine in A Casa do Medio restaurant in Santiago de Compostela


Definitely, Santiago is a city with an amazing life perfect to enjoy its rich culture and cuisine. A perfect end to El Camino de Santiago (The Way of Saint James.

After spending two days in Santiago de Compostela, we visited beautiful places and beaches in Galicia, like Fisterra and Costa da Morte, Baiona or Rodas Beach in Cíes Islands National Park. Then we went to Valença do Minho and Tui to begin El Camino de Santiago Portugués (The Portuguese Way of Saint James), which led us back to Santiago six days later. 




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