We recommend that you arrive in Santiago early in the afternoon. In the old town you will find pensions and boutique hotels in buildings wrapped in tradition and history, along with unique combinations with innovative building rehabilitations.
After you get settled, let yourselves get lost on the cobblestone carpet of its streets. The cathedral and the Praza do Obradoiro square are “must-see”. If we stand in the centre of this square and turn around, we’ll get a visual summary of all that is Santiago: spirituality in the cathedral; knowledge in the Pazo de San Xerome (home of the rector of the University of Santiago); authority in the Pazo de Raxoi (City Council), and welcome, in the Hostal dos Reis Católicos (an old pilgrims’s hospital that is today a state-owned hotel). Different styles united by the granite of their buildings.
We suggest you take a leisurely tour of the cathedral. The Pórtico da Gloria, a masterpiece of Romanesque art, is overwhelming. Don’t miss embracing the Saint and visiting his relics. Our itinerary begins with climbing to the Apostle’s niche, on top of the main altar, where his effigy may be embraced. Then, we go down to the crypt, which houses relics stored in an urn made of worked silver. The cathedral’s other façades, along with their squares, are also worth of a leisurely tour.
When you have finished, take the Rúa do Franco, named this way for being the place where French pilgrims used to stay. The refrigerated displays with fresh meat and aquariums with live fish and seafood at the doors of the restaurants will catch your eye. Here the best of Galicia’s gastronomy is on display, so we can start with some ideas for dinner.
At the end of the street, we’ll cross Porta Faxeira – where one of the seven doors in the mediaeval walls once stood – a natural passage connecting the Old Town with the Alameda, the large park in the centre of Santiago. It contains beautiful surprises such as a centuries-old eucalyptus, lovely camellia gardens and a small forest of old oaks. From Paseo da Ferradura you will have a front view of the cathedral, which stands out among the other historic buildings. It is a fascinating picture at any time of day, but as afternoon sets in, the light lends it a magical atmosphere.
At dinner time, it is a deeply rooted custom to go to a number of establishments one after another for wine and tapas in the Old Town,although the exquisite variety of restaurants in Santiago also invites you to enjoy a fullcourse meal. When night falls, these streets offer more possibilities. One is a quiet drink meeting the locals and enjoying the evening strolls through the nostalgic, yellow-lit streets that transmit romance.
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