Destination Diaries: Santiago de Compostela, Spain
When people hear Santiago de Compostela, they invariably think of The Camino.
And if you want to know everything about walking The Camino, including how to avoid getting blisters, here’s an earlier interview I did with my twin sister Gale.
But Santiago de Compostela has much more to offer than just The Camino, including some delicious food, an amazing cathedral, and some incredible surrounding countryside.
Today, Gale is back to tell you all the best things to do, see, and eat in Santiago and the surrounding area of Galicia, including where to find the best sangria!
After listening, you’ll realize that you need to get to this remote northwest corner of Spain whether you’re planning on hiking the Camino or not!
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In This Episode:
- Best day of the week to visit the Santiago Cathedral.
- A classy restaurant…and an amazing value restaurant.
- Where to stay in both the old city and right outside of it.
- Santiago’s best sangria.
- Amazing day trips from Santiago.
- Where to find Celtic ruins that are only known to locals.
- The world’s best tortilla Espanola.
- How to make sure that you get a spot at one of the world’s most beautiful beaches.
and much more!
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Things to Do in Santiago
- Terra Nova Pilgrim House (Gale runs it, go say hi!)
- Santiago Cathedral
Places to Eat/Drink in Santiago
- Dezaseis– Gale’s favorite restaurant in Santiago.
- Casa Manolo– cheap but hearty Pilgrim hangout and restaurant.
- Restaurante Maria Castana– great for seafood.
- El Gato Negro– Locals (heck everyone) loves it!
- Pub Momo- great garden terrace and a nightlife hotspot.
- Rua Bella- best sangria in Santiago.
- Cafe Metate– best chocolate and churros in Santiago (don’t listen to the foursquare reviews!)
Places to stay in Santiago
- Roots and Boots- nice Pilgrim hostel located right near the park.
- Fin del Camino- hostel a little bit outside of the old city but only 8 euros per night.
- The Last Stamp- new “hip” hostel located in the old city.
- Parador- the nicest hotel in Santiago
Day Trips from Santiago
- Finisterre– “edge of the world”; drive here for awesome views.
- Muxia– along with Finisterre, an ending point for Pilgrims.
- Castro de Barona- Celtic ruins 45 minutes from Santiago. Go see ’em!
- Islas Cies- one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
- How to buy Islas Cies tickets
- Lugo- city with still-standing Roman walls and good restaurants
- Cathedral beaches- just north of the town of Lugo
Places to eat and stay in Cangas
- Taberna Dos Chata- best tortilla Espanola in the world
- Hotel Rodeiramar 2A– THE place to stay in Cangas with the nicest hostess ever!
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