After a short bus ride, the end of the Camino, in the historic Santiago de Compostela. This was my second time here, the first being in November 2018 for three days before we went on to Madrid and Barcelona. At that time we had one extremely wet and windy day, one sunny and one in-between. The day we left it poured. The Christmas lights and decorations were being put up and my husband said he thought Christmas would be lovely there. This time in May the place was just bursting with excitement, the weather was fantastic and everyone was out enjoying the sights, meeting friends, and eating and drinking. I arrived early and was lucky as there was a room available, in fact as this was our third Parador this trip we were upgraded to a suite on the second level which was wonderful. The third level must be even better with larger and more luxurious offerings. As it was I was delighted with all the lovely extras. Thank you, Paradores.
We spent three wonderful days here. We walked about the city hitting Rúa do Franco which is home to a lot of bars and restaurants, at one end there is a bar called Paris and at the other end one called Dakkar…This additional route named after Paris-Dakar rally is to drink a glass of local wine and some tapas at each bar between the Paris and Dakkar. As Santiago is a university town I am sure some have tried it. I think we managed three. We went to one pilgrims’ mass, which due to renovations at the Cathedral celebrated in the church of S. Francisco, just 350 m away from Obradoiro Square. If you are in the main square facing the Cathedral, turn left and walk down Rua de San Francisco, past the Parador. It was very musty. You can still visit the cathedral and hug the apostle. There is a self-guided tour of the Parador and here is a selection of pictures, the place is just incredible. We just had to have dinner at the Parador too. Lots to see and do here. We also liked Café Casino at Rúa do Vilar, 35, just 3 minutes’ walk from the main square. The indoor and outdoor market Mercado de Abastos de Santiago on Rúa das Ameas. Visit As Duas Marias in the Parque de la Alameda.