What to Do in Santiago de Compostela if it rains?
People says that Santiago is where rain is art … and it’s true. Water trickles down the figures of the Holy Door of the Cathedral or you can see reflected in the orange streetlights. It is true, but sometimes it is better seen from the windows of local like Café Casino in Rua del Villar, Café Literarios in the Plaza de la Quintana or the Café Gramola in the Plaza de Cervantes.
The Vilar and Nova St are two almost completely arched streets and you can go by to get close to the church of Santa María Salomé, buy a souvenir of Compostela in the “hippies”, visit the small historic shops and have a coffee in the Casino, Paradiso or at Hostal Suso.
But you can also take the opportunity to visit the museum spaces of the city, a great plan for those days of endless rain. These are our proposals and data have been consulted on the website of Tourism Santiago.
- Cathedral Museum
Ticket price: from 6 € to 15 €. Discounts: consult
Hours Visitor Reception Center:
Winter: Daily: 10:00 to 20:00 h.
Summer: Every day: 9:00 to 20:00 h.
A complete tour through the history and artistic testimonies of the Cathedral, from the first basilicas and archaeological remains, the Romanesque, the work of Maestro Mateo, with the reconstruction of the Stone Choir of the Cathedral; sculpture in the Cathedral between the thirteenth and eighteenth centuries tour of the Mannerist Cloister Library, where the Botafumeiro is exposed, and Chapterhouse, ending on the top floor with the large collection of tapestries, which includes a room dedicated to Goya and the impressive balcony overlooking the Plaza del Obradoiro and the historic streets of Santiago. It also has guided the roofs of the Cathedral, the Tribuna or visits to archaeological excavations.
- Museum of the Pobo Galego
Regular price entry: 3 €. Reduced admission: € 1 (over 65s, students). Free admission: Museum members, children under 16 and unemployed workers. Groups from 8 persons: 2 €. Visiting exhibitions and Sundays free.
Tues-Sat: 10: 30-14: 00, 16: 00-19: 30.
Sunday and holidays: 11: 00-14: 00. Closed Monday
The former convent of Santo Domingo de Bonaval, located in an extramural hill of the historic city, along the road that pilgrims came to Compostela, now houses the Museum of the Galician People, which through a wide and varied set pieces It provides an overview of the most representative manifestations of the culture of Galicia. Its permanent galleries show various aspects of the world of the sea, traditional crafts, field, dress and architecture. It has also sections of archeology, painting and sculpture Galician. Regularly temporary exhibitions on various subjects are organized.
- Pilgrimage and Santiago Museum
Ticket Price: General € 2.40. Discounts: consult
Tuesday-Friday: 9: 30-20: 30.
Saturday: 11: 00-19: 30.
Sunday, holidays: 10: 15-14: 45.Lunes: Closed.
The types of funds, both museological and documentaries, is very varied, consistent with the assigned content covering all those tangible and intangible assets part of the cultural heritage related to the universal phenomenon of the pilgrimage, the pilgrimage to Santiago and the Way of Santiago in particular, and with the birth and evolution of the city of Santiago de Compostela as a pilgrimage place. Thus, the phenomenon of the pilgrimage, understood as a universal anthropological phenomenon, causes can be traced countless cultural references through different perspectives: historical, artistic, anthropological, archaeological, medical, architectural, botany, social, urban, literary , musical, etc.
- Center Museum Gaiás
Ticket Price 4 €. Students, large families, youth card, people with disabilities, groups (> 20): 2 €. Under 18, pensioners and unemployed: Free. Wednesday: Free.
Tues-Sun: 11:00 to 20:00 h. Closed Monday
With an exhibition area of 6,600 square meters, divided into three floors, it hosts temporary exhibitions of deep draft, offering the ability to display facilities for its size could not be displayed in other cultural centers of Galicia. Alongside the exhibition, the museum displays a range of educational and outreach activities that make an active center and continuous renewal. We also recommend a visit to enjoy the architecture of the complex and have a coffee in the Cantina, won prestigious awards.
- Museo Casa de la Troya
This museum recreates the atmosphere of the famous student pension run by ‘Doña Generosa’ in Santiago de Compostela late nineteenth century, and immortalized by the writer D. Alejandro Pérez Lugín in his novel ‘La Casa de la Troya’.
It is a typical construction of the old town, whose construction dates back to the eighteenth century and decorated to the taste of the time. It has three floors and a small attic that tops the house. The entrance is formed by a doorway or passageway and from this place, the house is divided into two distinct areas: The actual house and stables.
Getting into the pension we can see the room of respect, with memories of the writer, and the dining room where exposed photographs and related objects are characters in the book. On the second floor, the bedrooms, both collective and individual. And in the attic, kitchen and a small adjoining room, belonging to Doña Generosa.
Can you smell the Camino de Santiago?
This morning we depart not too early from Ponferrada hostel but we take fast our pace and soon we arrive in Cacabelos. We decided to stop to eat there and we got as soon as we were able in a cellar, an old cellar. A cellar full of barrels of wine from Bierzo, Mencia grape was. And do you know how smells Mencia? A fruit, smooth and velvety scents, mixed with the acidity of the wine remains falling on the floor and the smell of wood and humidity and cold granite around us brings freshness. But also it smells like cheese and sausage, to glory. Did you ever walk into a handcrafted wine cellar? Therefore we recommend it, really. You can see our cellar from this picture of Diario de León
The next day and even with the memory of wine in our head (yes… hangover) we start to walk climbing right hand through the bush at Pradela variant. Is a must go this route instead of taking the third lane of the National VI and every time we make the Way we follow this path. This day we passed through countless villages where smells of chickens, fresh fruit hanging from the trees, smoke from a fireplace or burning stubble field, freshly cut grass as when stroll a city park and this morning they decided to cut the grass … it smells pure and clean.
Arriving at O Cebreiro we visited the Palloza they have abled as Ethnographic Museum, where you can see this picture. Upon entering, again, the smell of wood and smoke as a sign of warmth, symbol of years and years of history through instruments, architecture, vegetal cover that endures for eternal winters.
In the morning and after a few minutes warming the feet and legs got to Liñares to enter the pharmacy-store-hardware-bar, all versatility. Warm newcomer bread blended with the smell of freshly brewed coffee and the atmosphere voices asked us to stay there. What a wonderful feeling. But as soon we finished our coffee and the toast with homemade butter we got back on track.
Soon … very close, we enter in a village that had to be very important as it is called Hospital da Condesa. Some people called cowboy town, but we should know that when they talk about cowboys refer to whom graze cows. So you know it smells the way when you go through this noble place. Who has not had this smell so pure? No option mixture of smells in this case. Everything is impregnated by this essence. I do mean when we speak of essence because the cows were there before the Way or at least doubts arise.
You can not understand the Camino de Santiago in many locations if not by scents, which together with the cuisine of the regions through which the Camino or the monuments that enter the view allows the memory lasts.
Soon we will make a blog post about the sounds of the Camino de Santiago. We think of a few but we believe that one stands out above the others. Is it what you think?