Leave your backpack and enjoy Santiago with this 10 recommendations

The Cathedral, Mercado de Abastos, the Alameda Park, the University ... Go to the consignement, free of charges and discover what to do at the end of the Camino.

Fernando Borjas
17/10/2017 10:39 '
Consigna de mochilas para peregrinos en Correos

Consigna de mochilas para peregrinos en Correos

Autumn is a station of great movement in the Camino de Santiago. According to data from the Office of the Pilgrim, more than 1,000 pilgrims arrive each day to their longed-for goal: Compostela. And what do you do when you reach the city of the Apostle? Undoubtedly, experience in the flesh the emotional rush that comes to the plaza of the Obradoiro and feel that the effort has been worth. And then? We are going to propose ten high on the road that are essential to enjoy Santiago de Compostela.

And what do you do when you reach the city of the Apostle? Undoubtedly, experience in the flesh the emotional rush that comes to the plaza of the Obradoiro and feel that the effort has been worth. And then? We are going to propose ten high on the road that are essential to enjoy Santiago de Compostela.

Catedral Santiago de Compostela.Wikimedia Commons

Catedral Santiago de Compostela.Wikimedia Commons

1. Visit the Cathedral

As a good pilgrim, the first thing is to enter the Cathedral of Santiago and embrace the Apostle. But attention! The temple can not be accessed with the backpack for security reasons. In addition, Santiago finds himself walking. So you better free yourself of loads before you start.

Correos has a slogan in number 4 of Rua do Franco, just two minutes from Obradoiro square. There, you can leave the backpack or suitcase, the bicycle or even the walking sticks. And if you are not going to use your luggage again, Correos also offers you the possibility to send it home through the pilgrim Paq and the Paq Bicicleta. On your return you will only have to approach the nearest postal office and pick it up without having to carry it with you as you travel.

Now we are ready to enter the Cathedral. The access is usually made by the Plaza de Platerías, where besides enjoying the plateresque facade - one of the most beautiful - you will enjoy the environment that surrounds the well-known as Fuente de los Caballos that crowns the square. Once in the interior, it contemplates the Portico de la Gloria and looks for the figure of Santo dos Croques. At 12:00 and 19:30 the Pilgrim's Mass is celebrated. And keep in mind that on the Friday afternoon you will see the famous "Botafumeiro". Finally, save a hole to climb to the decks of the Cathedral, the views of the city are beautiful.

Plaza del Obradoiro. Wikimedia Commons

Plaza del Obradoiro. Wikimedia Commons

2. Discover the Obradoiro

The square that is the goal of the Camino needs a second visit. Freed from the emotional burden of arriving at the destination, we can discover the monumental buildings that surround it: the Hostal de los Reyes Católicos, the Pazo de Raxoi, the town hall, and the Pazo de Xelmírez, the university's headquarters. Take the opportunity to visit the Cathedral and discover the other three places that surround it: Azabachería, Quintana and Platerías.

Mercado de Abastos en Santiago de Compostela. Wikimedia Commons

Mercado de Abastos en Santiago de Compostela. Wikimedia Commons

3. Shopping in Mercado de Abastos

It is the second most visited city after the Cathedral. And rightly so, since it is the second most important temple in Santiago. Specifically, the gastronomic. In its ships you will find the best of Galician gastronomy: fish, seafood, vegetables, octopus ... you can taste it right there.

Paseo de la Alameda de Santiago de Compostela. Wikimedia Commons

Paseo de la Alameda de Santiago de Compostela. Wikimedia Commons

4. Walk along the Alameda

Santiago de Compostela is one of the cities with the most parks and green areas of Galicia. In the heart of the city we find the Alameda, a green lung in which besides knowing different arboreal species and the carballeira and church of Santa Susana, you can take a photo with the "Dos Marias" and enjoy the beautiful views from the " Eucalyptus of Love ".

Copas de vino. Pixabay

Copas de vino. Pixabay

5. Drink wine

Have a wine ... or two accompanied by the best tapas. In all the city you will find bars and restaurants to toast to have arrived until Santiago. Many are concentrated by Rúa do Franco, Rúa da Raíña and surroundings.

Universidad de Santiago de Compostela. Wikimedia Commons

Universidad de Santiago de Compostela. Wikimedia Commons

6. Meet the University

Approach the Pazo de Fonseca, enjoy its garden cloister and discover all its treasures through the guided tours organized by the USC. And if you love the libraries do not miss the one of the Faculty of History.

Plaza de Platerías, en Santiago de Compostela. Wikimedia Commons

Plaza de Platerías, en Santiago de Compostela. Wikimedia Commons

7. Get lost in the old town

Discover the life of its streets and its people: Rúa Nova with its theaters, the arcades of Rúa do Vilar, the Wonder ...

Museo de San Martín Pinario. Wikimedia Commons

Museo de San Martín Pinario. Wikimedia Commons

8. Surprise yourself with San Martín Pinario

The staircase, the gargoyles and the plateresque façade of the Major Seminary leave no one indifferent. In the area you will discover bars with beautiful terraces and gardens to enjoy the sunny days.

Museo do Pobo Galego, en Santiago de Compostela.Wikimedia Commons

Museo do Pobo Galego, en Santiago de Compostela.Wikimedia Commons

9. Museums

Come to the park of Bonaval and visit the Museo do Pobo Galego or the Galician Center for Contemporary Art (CGAC). And if you have some more time go up to the City of Culture in Monte Gaiás.

Ocaso en el cabo de Fisterra. Wikimedia Commons

Ocaso en el cabo de Fisterra. Wikimedia Commons

10. What if you continue the adventure?

If you already feel nostalgia for the Way, do not worry. Once in Santiago you can extend your route to Fisterra, five stages that will take you directly to the end of the world. And if you want to remain free of charge remember to stop by Post Office and hire your Paq Backpack, a service with which you carry every day the luggage from stage to stage to the accommodations that you indicate. So you can walk in total comfort and without weights and you will have your belongings available when you arrive at the hostel.

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