Suffolk Madrid students headed to Galicia last weekend, in the northwest corner of Spain. An adventurous group, everyone embraced Santiago de Compostela and A Coruña with great expectations. From Praza Obradoiro to the narrow cobbled streets leading to the central market (and its enticing seafood delicacies) the city welcomed us with sunshine, salty sea breezes and a slight hint of bagpipe music (or gaitas, as they are called here). The Roman lighthouse in A Coruña, Torre de Hércules, was another spectacular landmark visited. The long climb to the tower’s top provided privileged views of Galicia’s rugged northwestern coast.
Photo by Daniel Fitzgerald
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA is the capital of the Region of Galicia. Its historic centre has been designated a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Here are some of the many reasons why visiting Santiago is a must.
The final destination on the Camino de Santiago. The Galician capital is synonymous with the Camino, an ancient pilgrimage route, born in the 9th century, that has linked the city with the rest of Europe ever since. Every year many thousands of pilgrims set out on foot, by bike, or even on horseback, to live this experience that combines adventure and spirituality. The final goal is the Cathedral in Santiago, one of the sacred cities of Christendom. This is, without a doubt, an unusual, unforgettable way to travel through Spain.
Where gastronomy is an art. In Santiago, gastronomy is an active part of the culture of the city. There is a spectacular array of restaurants, bars and taverns, with prices to suit every budget - quality is what they all have in common. Here you will eat well - and plenty. Regional products include seafood, fish and beef. These are flavours you will want to try again.
Its university atmosphere. Fun, happy and jovial. Santiago's university atmosphere is infectious with joy and vitality. The 33,000 students who attend the university each year give the city a special atmosphere. The city never sleeps. The areas of the city where people go out are evidence of this, with an array of nightspots and terrace bars for all tastes.