City Break: EXPERIENCE SANTIAGO IN 48 HOURS!
We continue with our series of city breaks to help get over your post-summer blues. In the previous post we suggested a weekend getaway to Seville, and this week we unveil the second city destination … the 2nd out of 3 Here goes! Experience Santiago in 48 hours!
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA CITY BREAK
You can stay at our Altaïr Boutique Hotel, located in the historic quarter, a few meters from the emblematic Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, where you can experience the spirit of pilgrimage. This is a small charming hotel with 11 rooms, it combines modern and rustic styles, resulting in warm, simple and contrastingly beautiful surroundings.
Its excellent location will allow you to get around on foot. You can enjoy the greater offer of in-restaurants, the best shops and the most vibrant entertainment venues in the city; without forgetting the most interesting tourist sites.
You will get to know Jose Antonio, your host at the hotel, who will make sure you have an unbeatable stay. His recommendations cover a wide selection of cultural activities to help you make the most of your time in the city.
What to do in Santiago?
Your visit of the city could begin with a morning stroll in the historic quarter visiting the most emblematic monuments. To do this you can go on a guided tour (€ 12) which includes access to the cathedral museums and the possibility of enjoying the wonderful views from the top of the Cathedral. But if you prefer to explore on your own, you can hire an audio guide from the Tourist Information Offices in Santiago. Explore the historic quarter of the city at your own leisurely relaxed pace, leaving no stone unturned. Take a pause for lunch … It’s well known that Galician gastronomy is excellent, and its fish and seafood are famous for their quality: cockles, mussels, scallops, clams, scallops, crabs, crayfish, crabs, shrimp… and the typical octopus-based dish “pulpo a feira”!
You can spend your afternoon relaxing and shopping. If you want to visit an institution in the city that has been open for business for more than a century, visit the Sombrerería Iglesias, a hat shop where maybe you can find an elegant reminder of your visit. Then you can “chatear” a word that describe the long held and deeply rooted custom of sharing tapas and wine among friends. The most popular areas for this are San Roque-A Troia, or the Franco-A Raína, with more than 70 bars in less than 200 meters, or the area of the Plaza de Abastos.
We suggest that you visit the Mercado de Abastos or Food Market. It is the second most visited monument after the Cathedral, and understandably so, as both its architecture and its fresh produce are a delight for senses. Inside you will find the well-known Marisco Mania 10% Restaurant (formerly known as Bar Churro Mania), where you can take the fresh produce that you have bought and for a small amount they cook it for you … a real experience!
Next stop, a visit to the Cidade da Cultura de Galicia or City of Culture of Galicia (CdC). Don’t miss its magnificent and unique architecture, designed by the New Yorker Peter Eisenman. This great architectural complex offers a wide-ranging cultural program with very interesting temporary exhibitions and cultural activities which are well worth taking into account. Next it’s time to stop for a bite to eat, if you still feel peckish that is after having visited the Market. On the first day we talked about the quality of the fish and seafood, Galician meat is equally as delicious: zorza and lacón both pork based dishes, meat “ao caldeiro” a typical stew, all of course accompanied by Padrón peppers, a good Galician wine and dessert, Tarta de Santiago (Santiago cake) … Mmmm!
And there you have our 48-hour visit of Santiago. We hope that have enjoyed yourself and that in a relatively short time you have been able to feel the magic of such a spiritual city. See you for the third and final City Break! Which city will it be?