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The Chimneys and Cheese of Santiago de Compostela

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An April 2007 trip to Santiago de Compostela by sararevell

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Quote: Santiago is a city of winding streets and tiny plazas, perfect for quiet contemplation and aimless wandering. Whilst we did visit the Cathedral, our pilgrimage followed less of a religious path as we sought out Albariño wines and creamy Galician cheeses in the tapas bars of the old town.

The Chimneys and Cheese of Santiago de Compostela

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-Rooms with a view at the cosy and convenient Hotel As Artes.-Running around on the roof of the Cathedral on the tour: Las Cubiertas.-Trying the delicious local Tetilla cheese and crisp Albariño wines.-Strolling through Alameda and Parque de San Domingos de Bonaval.Quick Tips: If you are planning on getting a shuttle bus into town and walking to your hotel as we did, pick up a detailed map of the town at the airport when you arrive, or email the tourist information office and they can post one to you.If you do the Cathedral roof tour, and don’t speak great Spanish, ask if they’re offering a tour in your language. Also be sure to pre-book for the day and time you want to go...Read More
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From the outside, Hotel As Artes looks like a modest townhouse. On the inside, however, you soon realise that this place really is a boutique B&B. The stone walls give you an immediate connection to the history and architecture of the city and we felt like we had found a quiet corner of moderate luxury and seclusion.We stayed in the "Isadora Duncan" (none of the rooms are numbered, they’re all named) one of the two smaller rooms, which looked directly out onto the spires of the cathedral. It caught the afternoon sun and we could hear the echoes of the buskers who played in the archway beside the cathedral. The guitarist was fairly pleasant but the enthusiastic bagpiper I could have don...Read More

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Hotel As Artes
Trav. De Dos Puertas 2
Santiago de Compostela , Spain 15707
+34 981 555 254

Entre Rúas

Restaurant | "Bar-Restaurante Entre-Ruas"

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This bar has created what is possibly the smallest plaza in the city and if you don’t keep your eyes peeled, the street is probably an easy one to miss. Entre-Ruas seems to be run by a husband and wife team, and a very diligent one at that. At 7.30pm we had arrived too early for their dinner menu so we ordered Galician cheese, jamon Serrano and chorizo tapas along with some local beer and Rioja wine. The owner also brought round some complementary samples of tasty paella. The tapas were enough to fill us up but we couldn’t leave before trying the home made flan, which was as dense and creamy as we hoped it would be.Sitting outside in what is literally an alleyway, the few tables soon f...Read More

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Entre Rúas
Ruela de Entre Rúas nº 2
Santiago de Compostela , Spain 15705
+34 981 586 108

Sant Yago

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Restaurant | "Bar-Restaurant Sant-Yago"

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Near Praza Fonseca, the Sant-Yago bar competes for space with what feels like a dozen other bars and we couldn’t help but be enticed inside by the window display of Tetilla cheese and octopus and the big legs of ham hanging from the bar!Inside, the Sant-Yago looked like a popular spot, with customers at the bar asking staff to keep an eye out for the next available table. As with many Santiago bars, I noticed that space is well utilized in the Sant-Yago. Plates of tapas are out and ready to serve and bottles of alcohol and liquor are crammed onto every inch of shelf space. Pride of place is given the latest leg of ham, which is carefully cut into slivers and served with that wonderful thick an...Read More

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Sant Yago
Rua Raíña 12, 15702
Santiago de Compostela , Spain
+34 981 582 444

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The Casa de Xantar is a brightly lit bar and restaurant with a dazzling array of smoked sausages and an old-world feel. We stopped in for some Crianza and tapas and what we thought would be a modest-sized mixed salad to share. In fact what we got was a crunchy fresh salad big enough to fill us both up.The Casa de Xantar has a laid-back sociable feel and it wasn’t long before we found ourselves sharing stories with two septuagenarians from North Wales. They were on the cheap flight kick like us but were staying in a local youth hostel. They were out enjoying the local Galicia beer and were planning a visit to the Cathedral the following day. We didn’t have time for a return visit but given the ...Read More

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Galicia Dixital

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Attraction | "The Incomprehensible Galicia Dixital"

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In our Rough Guide book, the Galicia Dixital was described as "ambitious" and "high-tech", offering "a fascinating computerized tour of the cathedral." The fact that the exhibition was located next door to our hotel and was free was further enticement. Unfortunately it didn’t live up to any of the hype. Given 3D glasses at the start (which in themselves seem like an obsolete gadget) we were guided through a series of rooms. The first stop was an animated video giving a birds-eye view of Santiago de Compostela through the four seasons. It seemed like a redundant exercise when you could, a) step outside the door and see the city in front of you and without needing the aid of 3D glasses, or b...Read More

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Galicia Dixital

Galicia, Spain
+34 902.190.387

Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela

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Attraction | "Cathedral Roof Tour: Las Cubiertas"

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One of the best recommendations from our guidebooks was to do the rooftop tour of the Cathedral. At 11am, we showed up at the ticked office on the Praza Obradoiro surprised to learn that we couldn’t book onto the next tour. Thankfully they had space at 7pm so we made our reservation and left to explore some of the city parks for a few hours.By the time we got back to the office, it had started raining. However, this did little to spoil what turned out to be a very memorable and unique tour. Our guide had been kind enough to book us onto an English guided tour. We hadn’t even asked as the Rough Guide book recommended the tour even in the event that you can’t follow the Spanish commentary as the...Read More

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Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela
Praza do Obradoiro
Santiago de Compostela , Spain

Alameda Park Photo, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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Information about any of the main parks around Santiago de Compostela was sadly lacking from our guidebooks. Fortunately we had picked up a map of the “historical town” (with a larger area map on the back) from the airport. The map handily indicates camera symbols, which we correctly assumed to be good viewpoints. In addition, they also suggest a walking route through some of the city’s beautiful parks.Starting in Alameda to the west of the city, we enjoyed views of the Cathedral and the red rooftops. The park is beautifully kept and we enjoyed a glass of wine and a sandwich at a café on Porta Faxeira before continuing on down Campo de San Clemente towards Praza Obradoiro. We crossed the old t...Read More

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