What to do in a weekend in and from Santiago de Compostela?
We propose you a plan. Your base will be Santiago de Compostela and we’ll show intensely what you can do in a couple of days if you have your accommodation in this city but able to move you around and enjoy the most of your time in Galicia.
We will propose start on Thursday afternoon. It´s your first contact with the city and as such should be relaxed and without any intention more than to walk through the old town and its main streets as Franco, Raiña, Vilar, Nova and Orfas, Calderería and Preguntoiro to Plaza de Cervantes. Let yourself go. Have a coffee at the Paradiso, Cafe Casino or Derby. Enjoy free tapas in Abellá, Orella, Trafalgar, Central, San Jaime, Caracoles, … Stand to contemplate each historic property, unique buildings and landmarks of the city. Stand on the stairs of Plaza de la Quintana, in the Garden of San Martin Pinario, near the Fountain of Horses in Platerías, or any corners of the opposite facade Obradoiro and simply let people pass.
Maybe you have other plans for your visit to Santiago, but note that for all these nights have a group of Tuna de Derecho playing in the arcades of the City Council, right in front of the facade of the cathedral. Typical of the Compostela University and you should at least take a look (though not like this music)
You must start with a complete breakfast at your accommodation because Friday will be very long. If you want breakfast outside we invite you to visit El Muelle in Plaza de Galicia, or Pastry Mercedes Mora in Rua del Villar, approach Tosta and Tostiña in Avda. Da Coruna and enjoy their homemade cakes or be amazed by Oscar de Toro at Cafe Venice in Horreo St.
We pick up the van in front of the Hotel around 9:30 AM. Today we have a Tour to Rias Baixas and our guide greets us with a big smile on his face. We will be only eight travelers in search of hidden treasures in rivers, in stone, endless beaches, gastronomy and wine. We visited Pontevedra and Arousa Estuaries.
We will be in contact with the cozier coast with unique monuments, with stories of pirates and landings, with the most magical religion and pagan traditions. Take the opportunity to take a ride in the catamarans that show you how to work one of the most valued of our cuisine food. Soak up the culture of Albariño, in fact’re going through the cradle of this popular wine. Enjoy Combarro, La Toja, O Grove, Cambados, … The tour takes about 8/9 hours and as small (up to 8 people and the guide) groups can go at our own pace. Ask the guide in which you are interested and will do their best to fulfill your requests.
We arrived in time to continue walking through Santiago de Compostela. What do you think if you take a walk through three parks around Santiago Old Area? Come to the Park of San Domingos de Bonaval and enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the Old Town. Stroll through the old cemetery and discover one of the favorite parks for compostelan people when good weather arrives.
A few minutes away is the famous Alameda de Santiago, emblematic place by the stories of their passersby for years: literati, men and women from compostelan life, Las Marías, teachers, students, … surround it by the Paseo de la Herradura and discover the ornamental possession of its ancient trees, stunning views of the facade of the Obradoiro, architecture detail and as being the most important reference point for walks and leisure Santiago’s breathe.
Very close and downhill from the Alameda Park arrived at Galeras Park, where lies the Rio Sarela and joins the Corgo stream. It is a park mostly visited by Santiago’s and is one of the favorite starting points for Sarela River Camino. On one side is the interesting Finca do Espiño, with remains of a modernist palace and recently qualified as a walk. From this park we can admire the Cathedral, San Martin Pinario, the Convent of San Francisco and many other buildings that make up this side of town.
And we climbed the Rua Hortas and if we are hungry and we can peck at the Horta do Obradoiro or Marcelo Restaurant. At the end of this street we access the Plaza del Obradoiro where we can repeat the musical plan yesterday or closer to A Casa das Crechas to learn more about music of Celtic tradition … and take some beers !!
Saturday dawns. Remember that the Market today is open and is one of the best days (or better) to visit !! Do not expect a market like those now popularize for its cuisine and elaborate. This is a placefor fish, with its area of meats, seafood, the freshest fruits, the healthiest vegetables from the gardens of the ladies who come from villages near Santiago … keep coming up with their goods in baskets worn on the head in an impossible balance to any mortal … but … is that they have power. Ssssssh would not tell anyone. Take the opportunity to ask for everything, which is the best seafood of the day, which are to ban, what is the origin of the octopus or just tast it in one of the pulpeiras, because in the old market, made the traditional way .
Do you know that there is a bar where they cook the products you buy in the positions of the Market Square? Ask about Mariscomanía and enjoy the quality of your purchase and the best products offered by our land and our sea.
When leaving you can go into the Abastos 2.0 or the Café de Altamira to have a wine on the terrace or one of our famous Galician Vermouth (Nordesía, Petroni, Lodeiros, …) and we can follow the Plaza de San Agustin or Pescadería Vella where some very interesting local for free tapas art are concentrated.
Before eating we mingle with compostelanos and pilgrims who roam the Street Troia (you can visit the Museum on university life described in this novel), da Pena Porta (with the wonderful terraces of establishments such as Casa Felisa or Costa Hotel Vella), lose yourself by Algalia de Arriba (ask by a chocolate palm in a bakery there in the middle of this street) and Algalia de Abaixo (you can snack in Morgan, Xa Chegou). Our tour is coming through the Porta do Camiño to Rúa de San Pedro where we can and eat restaurant in Catro, the indispensable O Dezaseis, Rúa, Moa, … number and variety of restaurants where pilgrims and tourists intermingle with compostelan people
For the afternoon we made a plan that can not fail because we believe that is the MUST of Santiago: the visit to the roof of the Cathedral. You will have to book in advance on the website of the Cathedral or approach the Cathedral Visitors Center, which is located in the Plaza del Obradoiro, at the base of the cathedral. We recommend you take the ticket that gives access to permanent collection of the Museum or have time to do the visit to the archaeological excavations or the visit to the rostrum. The visit to the roofs lasts about an hour and is guided by experts in the history and art of the Cathedral. You have access to spectacular views of the city and meet data and really amazing stories.
At the end of the visit again miss the main streets and sneak through the alleys that unite: After Salome, “Sal si podes” or Entrerrúas, Travesa do Franco. Take the opportunity to visit the Palacio de Fonseca or the History School, examples of university importance of the city of Santiago de Compostela.
You can also sign our night tour to continue watching Compostela differently. It starts at 20 hours and for two hours and a little visited corner of Santiago has made the night special with the passing of the years. Find us on the tab experiences.
At the end go by Raiña and Franco Sts. or near Rodrigo de Padron and San Clemente with local as recommended as Marte, its terrace and omelette, or San Clemente Restaurant or Croques Bar.
Santiago is a gourmand city that still enjoys the sweet of ancestral recipes brought along centuries by religious orders and chocolate tradition, the arrival of America and transferred to Europe thanks to the contribution of the Way. We recommend to escape from the cakes that they offer on the streets (mainly Franco) because, at least, are of doubtful quality. If you want a really good Tarta de Santiago get to San Paio de Antealtares Convent and the nuns who make this delicious pie or if you prefer small cookies visit the Convent of Belvís.
And today it’s Sunday is our day farewell. We dedicate the morning to visit the Cathedral. If you dare and you really want … but many many … you can get into the Cathedral from 7 AM. It is not a whim, it is a reality. It is the best time to visit the Cathedral and feel the tranquility and quietless that invades us. Who would say that this place is so busy just a few hours later!
Take the opportunity to give Apostol hug or to visit his remains, located at the back of the main altar. Enjoy a different view when embrace as you’re watching the cathedral from the perspective of the altar. If you want to attend Mass and sit at least we recommend that you go sitting an hour before start of Mass and if you allow us to recommend you put yourself in the arms of the cross and better diagonally. If the Botafumeiro flies will be the best way to enjoy it (never from the nave).
And that’s all. Well, no. It is not. Santiago is infinite. You can visit many more, in many ways, from different points of view… but we have tried to concentrate a traveling offer to make you feel like a person from Santiago, you see the essentials and do not miss anything (of course, we left things in the inkwell)
We can only wish you the best on your way back and hopefully you miss us. If you need more information for this occasion or another next time, do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com. We are your specialists in the Camino de Santiago and the city of Santiago de Compostela. Buen Camino!
Many times you have asked us how you can get to Sarria to start your Camino de Santiago. Here we give you information on how to get to Sarria and SJPP as then return home, to your other house because you know that Santiago de Compostela always will welcome you whenever start a new adventure in the Camino de Santiago.
If you need any extra information you can contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or with our contact form.
.- How to get to Sarria
- By train
From Madrid Direct:
Monday to Friday: 22:30 Train-Hotel. Arrival 6:50 h
Sunday: Train-Hotel 22:30. 6:50 arrival. (Saturdays: No service.)
Prices: From 51.90 euros in tourist
Direct from Barcelona:
Daily: at 9: 30 arrival 21:05 and Train-Hotel at 20:20 arrival 8:45
Prices: From 75.60 euros in tourist. Train-Hotel from 103.70 euros
This train from Barcelona to Sarria can also be taken in the following capitals: Tarragona, Lleida, Zaragoza, Pamplona, Vitoria, Burgos, Palencia and León. (Night train don´t pass by Pamplona and Vitoria but yes by Logroño)
Direct from Lugo:
Monday to Friday and Sunday: Five frequencies
Saturday: Four frequencies
From southern Spain have to make transhipment in Madrid. From Levante there are options from transshipment in Tarragona, Zaragoza and Madrid
More information www.renfe.com Phone: 902 320 320
Bus from Santiago
The company Freire, S.L. runs between Santiago and Lugo, where should take another bus to Sarria (see next section). You can take the bus at the bus station or at the airport of Santiago. There are a lot of daily frequencies that can see in the web www.empresafreire.com
Bus from Lugo
The company Monbus makes direct route between Lugo and Sarria. You can check daily frequencies every day of the week in www.monbus.es
.- Getting to SJPP from Pamplona
Pamplona-Roncesvalles route (duration is one hour and ten):
Autocares Artieda: You can buy ticket for passengers at the box office only bus station in Pamplona or online at the website: www.autobusesdenavarra.com
Those who buy online must present on the bus locator number or proof of payment.
Monday-Thursday: 15: 00
Friday: 18: 00
Saturday: 16: 00
Sundays and holidays: No service
Price: 6 euros and allowed to bill the bicycle, it only window and the same day of travel, with an additional charge of 6 euros. Should remove the wheel and saddlebags.
Ticket sales for passengers only be held in the office of the Bus Station. You can not make reservations by phone.
In the same Roncesvalles, when the bus arrives Pamplona, there are several taxis waiting to go down to the pilgrims who want to Saint Jean Pied de Port.
Bus to Saint Jean Pied de Port: Just in season!
Route Pamplona-Saint Jean Pied de Port (the duration is 1 hour and 45 minutes) ALSA: www.alsa.es
Every day: 10:00 (From June 1 to September 30, 2015)
Every day: 12:00 (From June 20 to September 5, 2015)
Every day: 14:30 (From March 1 to November 2, 2015)
Every day: 17:30 (from April 1 to November 2, 2015)
Price: 22 euros
Teletaxi San Fermin taxipamplona.com
Weekdays: From Pamplona to Roncesvalles: 60 euros; Airport Pamplona to Roncesvalles: 63 euros; Pamplona to Saint Jean Pied de Port: 100 euros and airport Pamplona to Saint Jean Pied de Port: 105 euros.
Weekends and holidays: From Pamplona to Roncesvalles: 74 euros; Airport Pamplona to Roncesvalles: 79 euros; Pamplona to Saint Jean Pied de Port: 126 euros and airport Pamplona to Saint Jean Pied de Port: 131 euros.
Weekdays: From Pamplona to Roncesvalles: 50 euros (drive for up to 4 travelers); 60 euros (van for up to 7 passengers). Pamplona to Saint Jean Pied de Port: 90 euros (drive for up to 4 travelers); 100 euros (van for up to 7 passengers).
Weekend and holiday: From Pamplona to Roncesvalles: 60 euros (drive for up to 4 travelers); 70 euros (van for up to 7 passengers). Pamplona to Saint Jean Pied de Port: 100 euros (drive for up to 4 travelers); 110 euros (van for up to 7 passengers).
And now that you have come to Santiago after kilometers and kilometers of experiences we invite you to stay and enjoy our city and Galicia. We remind you that in services and experiences sections have information about products that you may rejoice in this region. You deserve at least a couple of days in this wonderful land !!!
And then … Returning home from Santiago de Compostela
Bus station Camilo Diaz Balino, Sq. Phone: 981 542 416 www.tussa.org
Santiago de Compostela Train Station. Hórreo St. Phone: 902 240202 http://www.renfe.es
Airport Lavacolla phone: +34 981 547 500 / +34 981 547 501
In Santiago operate among others the following companies: Aer Lingus, Air Berlin, Air Europa, Air Nostrum, Czechz Airlines, Europe Airpost, Iberia, Ryanair, Spanair, Swiftair, Tunisair, Vueling Airlines …
In Spain they are among other destinations: Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Sevilla, Valencia, …. In Europe, London, Paris, Rome, etc.
You can get more information on this web http://www.aena.es
Freire bus line connects Santiago with the airport.The phone 981 58 81 11 and the web empresafreire.com
To send the bike back home
Pilgrims arriving in Santiago de Compostela on bike can bill and send it back home. We recommend:
Correos: Rua do Franco, 4. Phone: 981 581 252.
The price for Spain is 42.07 euros (including VAT, packaging and insurance 300 euros). Only packing price: 8,68 euros (VAT not included). www.elcaminoconcorreos.es
Schedules and other data have been submitted to us from specific web pages and from the Eroski Consumer Guide, which we strongly recommend.
These are our recommendations do not forget anything essential in your Camino. We don`t want to carry too much weight but you do not miss anything.
-Backpack Is very important to be comfortable and you must chooseone not too heavy. People say that should not be exceeded in container and contained 10% of the weight of the pilgrim. As for capacity that about 30-40 liters is more than enough. We recommend those with extra pockets to spread the load and that have special ties and padded lumbar.
-Footwear: It is one of the most important points. From our point of view we think the trail footwear is best suited for walks. They should allow proper ventilation but not easily the entry of water. It should be used during a pair of weeks before starting your adventure. Those who take the Camino with inappropriate footwear may end up leaving because of the inconvenience. We recommend the Merrell, Columbia, Chiruca or Hi Tec brands.
-Three pairs of socks without seams, neither too thick nor too thin.
We recommend at this point and as a complement to shoes and socks, the use of mentholated vaseline (Ointment Pilgrim style or Vicks Vaporub) to give a massage after the shower when you get to the Albergue, for relax and you will prepare your feet for the next day.
-Pants mountain: need not be new but practical and comfortable as you used to walk every day. Depending on the weather when the Camino is made may be advisable to wear waterproof pants
-Pants short: can be used to sleep, to walk for hot days and even to take a bath in any of the pools or rivers that abound along the Camino de Santiago.
Another recommendation. To avoid annoying chafing between the legs because of the seams of the pants recommend that take in your backpack Lycra pants cyclist style (but without padding). The “problem” is that it provides heat to the area and you have to have some extra attention to hygiene in the area.
-Sweatshirt: that may be comfortable and light as once that we started getting warmed up enough and more and need tie on our waist, before the end puting into the backpack at the next stop. A good recommendation would be a windbreaker jacket.
-Three T-shirts: you’re wearing one, another drying and a dry one. Better if they are of quick-drying system and allow good breathability.
-Clothespins to dry clothes and a piece of soap to wash clothes, the more aromatic better.
-Three sets of underwear.
-Flip flops: necessary for use in showers and rest your feet for long walks. If you want you can add techniques sandals to wear flip-flops for the shower and sandals to rest your feet or use with socks at some stage (although I personally do not recommend)
-Brush and toothpaste.
-Deodorant: usually last more roll-on
-Sleeping Bag: If the Camino is done in winter, it is good sleeping bag that support low temperatures. If change is made in summer it should be sufficient to carry a light one. We assume that this depends on what the person whopping it. By weight issues and we recommend a light one because will always have blankets in your accommodation (and if you do not see, ask for it). By the way, we do not see it necessary to use mat as there are usually other options to soften the ground in case of having to sleep on the floor.
-Covering Pillow: It is not essential but clearly advisable or if your sleeping bag and includes an “appendix-hood”.
-Special Towel: quick-drying towel besides not being a very expensive product, these towels are just weigh and appreciate.
-Solar protection: highly recommended
-Documentation: ID, health card and bank card. It is also desirable to always walk with some cash on top but you not go crazy because there are better services in the Camino and every few kilometers or stages have a bank or a cashier near.
-Rain Cape: thinner and lighter possible, recommended depending on season of year for not be surprised by an unexpected downpour.
-Telephone Mobile and charger: Carrying a mobile phone can be an asset or a liability, it depends on your own circumstances. We strongly recommend that you use the mobile strictly necessary but included in your backpack a solar charger to not depend on the coveted outlets when you reach the hostel, or at least an external battery that can be loading sharing the sockets in your accommodation.
-Credencial: Essential to sleep in the vast majority of Albergues. In some places it is necessary to show it to benefit from discounts for pilgrims.
-Camping knife: there are some that includes in the same knife a fork and a spoon, the problem is that it takes a little more but true that we recommend for your picnics.
-Sticks: More and more pilgrims who walk with this type of extra help indicated mainly to prevent back pains, legs limbs, … Today the bordón, the traditional ancient stick, does not let being a somewhat “heavy” compared tradition the way of technical sticks.
-Cap: as waterproof or breathable circumstances because is known a good part of our body heat left by the head and in certain weather conditions better suited.
-Ear plugs: what we consider essential for a good rest and we know particularly suitable for a specific situation, hehe.
-First aid kit: Composed of band-aids, Betadine, gauze, thread, needle, lighter, tape and some anti-inflammatory cream or by oral administration. We recommend by our experience Radiosalil and Keral, almost like breakfast to start the day.
-Flashlight: For convenience may be of fixing on the head with a ribbon, the dynamo style that are loaded by turning a device or small and be hung by a ribbon. It can save the pilgrim from a trouble. It should use it outside when you start to walk very early hours. If you are someone who wake up very early in the hostel use it respectfully toward others.
-Camera: if you have a phone with a quality camera not need more to remember your way through the Camino. But if your phone is not technologically appropriate shop a basic camera but also nice to assure you that you will very sorry not to have good pictures of your way … although you can always repeat to keep the memory.
Luggage should not be very different in Winter, with the provisos that the sleeping bag has to better insulate from low temperatures, the sweatshirt may be thicker and shoes should be more forceful for a stretch of mud. For cooler seasons of the year should walk with glove, hat, scarf and a good hunter, if possible, light but can protect pilgrims from the cold.
But above all remember that sometimes can leave part of what weighs you at the end of the Camino …
Today we present a novel experience in Compostela: A gastronomic tour of Santiago de Compostela.
For first time an official guide gives us the opportunity to manage a real non usual tour for gastronomic topic and because it offers for all travelers who are visiting the city, whether tourists or pilgrims, families, individuals,…
From Wayandgo! we want to promote such initiatives that allow open the range of possibilities to explore Santiago de Compostela with the eyes of a local guide and show you the places we visited so you can feel like one of us. In this way we get out of the usual and the traveler will have the opportunity to see hidden or less known.
These visits will take place on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am and will have an estimated 2 hours and 30 minutes duration. We show these lovely and essential places for every traveler who comes to our city and so far moved where most moving and stay on the surface.
We will allow you dig, you know the true gastronomic reality of Santiago. We recommend products, places and places to visit, dishes to taste, gastronomic presents to take to home … You must know our guide is not confined to a speech, will be a conversation between everyone and everyone will bring to the visit enriching, if possible, “cooking” an Unique Visit.
In addition to these open visits we remind you that we have other gastro experiences that you can apply through the website or by email to email@example.com. These includes the Tour to the Market Square, the Gastro Experience Santiago de Compostela, or those that combine history and gastronomy like Historic Santiago I and II, which combine a visit to a Manor House, a convent and the Plaza de Abastos . You can learn more about these travel experiences in www.wayandgocompostela.com/product-category/experiencias/
Did you know that Gastronomic Santiago would be so accessible?