The journalist Andrew Bain walks the streets of Santiago de Compostela, tried the foods and soaks in the atmosphere. His title, “Walk, pray, then feast“ makes a reference to that fact that many pilgrims walk to Santiago, then pray in the cathedral and at the end they feast on what the town of Santiago de Compostela has to offer.
In the summer, Santiago de Compostela is busy with pilgrims, tourists and other visitors enjoying the town. But old town in Santiago is relatively small, and it gets busy. If you are looking to get away and get some peace and quiet, why not visit the Bonaval Park?
The Bonaval park is located about a 10 minute walk form the Cathedral in Santiago, very close to the city center. The park actually starts just behind the the Contemporary Museum of Galicia, making that a natural stop before you enter the park.
The park is 45.000 square meters, located on a slope, giving visitors to the park a great view of the old town of Santiago de Compostela.
In 2010 Rick Steves visited Galicia and Santiago de Compostela. He wrote a nice post on his blog about the town saying among other things:
I’m writing this today in Santiago de Compostela, in the northwest corner of Spain. I have a three-part agenda: see pilgrims reach their goal in front of the cathedral, explore the market, and buy some barnacles in the seafood section — then have them cooked for me, on the spot, in a café. – Rick Steves
When he visited he also made this video for his TV program on the Camino de Santiago.
Most visitors to Galicia visit Santiago de Compostela and its famous cathedral. The 2nd most visited site in Santiago, after the cathedral is the fresh food market (or “el Mercado de Abastos”) located 200 meters behind the cathedral.
The fresh food market has been open since 1873, offering a wide variety of locally grown vegetables, meat, fish and seafood. Up to 4000 people might stop by the market on any given day. Continue reading »
If you are traveling to or from Galicia this year, you may be using the new airport in Santiago de Compostela. AENA has a good website, explaining the services that the airport offers, but below you will find the basic information related to how to travel to/from this airport. Continue reading »