What to do when you arrive to Santiago?
And now that you’ve reached your goal, what are the latest steps in this day?
The first thing to do when you get to the old town is go to the Plaza del Obradoiro, to the center of the same or above the portic of the Palace of Rajoy in case of rain. Stand, lie down if you can and enjoy. Only let a little time and see how all beats around you. We know it is a pity the scaffolding on the facade of the Cathedral but you must know that is to have an excuse and opportunity to come back and visit next time.
If you have backpack we suggest you to leave one of the lockers near the Cathedral (Campus Stellae or Correos, for example) or you approach to your accommodation to ask for keep it there.
Enter into the cathedral by the Plaza de Platerías, which is accessed through the right side up the Fuente de los Caballos crowning by a female representation of the city of Compostela. The second door on the left, once you enter the Cathedral, is the Sacristy and there we suggest you ask what time they plan to flight the Botafumeiro during your stay.
Attends the Pilgrim’s Mass at 12 am or take the opportunity to walk through the cathedral and enjoy this jewel of Romanesque built in three stages and coated on the outside of a baroque and neoclassical linen. (The cathedral is open from 7.00 am in the morning and, without a doubt, is visiting hour we recommend: silence, quiet, great times to take pictures from a different perspective, or just to think about the great challenge that you has finished.)
Returns to the Plaza del Obradoiro and looking in the left hand after scafoldings you can see the Gelmirez Palace. Ask about guided tours to the cathedral rooftop (definitely the Must in Santiago de Compostela), or to the Tribune or to Archaeological Excavations. Grab tickets combined with the permanent collection of the Museum of the Cathedral and enjoy the secrets and treasures of our Cathedral.
At some while you must book for a moment to pick up your Compostela, certifying that have made at least 100 km on foot and 200 km by bicycle or horse. The Pilgrim Office from this year is on the street Carretas, below the Parador Hostal de los Reyes Catolicos. Although it has an extensive schedule if we get a large flow dates you must book more and more time to get your hands on it. We recommend going to midday (about 14 hours) or to late afternoon so that there is less people.
We recommend to eat tapas or “raciones” on the Raiña street. We know it is near the Franco and is the quintessential tourist street, but if the people of Santiago have to go to this area, we prefer the Rua Raina. Head over to the Sexto II, the Gato Negro or María Castaña, which are the three restaurants in quick succession. A little further on are the Caracoles, Central or San Jaime. We recommend that in these places first order the drink, just the drink and then they bring you the free Tapa. Once they bring it you request the rest of food remembering that the next place you can order your drinks on the same way. There is another very close area to sample wines, “cortos”, beer and tapas. It is on the other parallel of Franco, behind the post office. Taste spanish tortilla in Marte or almost eaten with San Clemente tapas.
After lunch time leaves a while for “siesta” or take an alternative plan: Spa session in Spagat, best urban spa in the city. You can also request a massage in your hotel room to enjoy your rest and enjoy your stay in Santiago de Compostela.
Do you want tapas as people from Santiago in the afternoon? Then approach the area of the Plaza de Cervantes. This place is where many people from here start routes to Bierzo Enxebre terraces, Casa Felisa, La Flor, Casa Pepe, Caballo Blanco, Café de Altamira, Abastos 2.0 … or come and towards Rúa de San Pedro stayed where we have the Catro, Rua Moa or more tha recommended O Dezaseis. Only enjoy yourself like would a “santiagués”.
For the first day it is fine. We leave nothing, but if we have reserved some less known, essential corners or routes to Rias Baixas or how to get to Finisterre (Fisterra). Soon we will present to do in a second day after arriving in Santiago doing your Camino de Santiago or just visiting the city. We’ll have more information and restaurant recommendations, cultural, or just useful info.
Is it your first time on the Camino de Santiago? Would you recommend the French Way for the first time of a novice pilgrim?
It is clear that the French Way, between Roncesvalles, or even Saint Jean, and Santiago de Compostela, is the most famous and busy route, the reference for the other routes of the Way, including the first Primitive walk and the main pilgrim transit route of the European roads of all time.
The magic of the Pyrenees or the ascent to Cebreiro or Cruz de Fierro, the harsh Castilian plateau, the most important Romanesque monuments and temples, the most beautiful cathedrals, the medieval bridges, the mythical stages, the historical roads and the main Jacobean institutions are in the French Way.
In addition, the French Way has the largest number of public and private hostels, as well as the best and most diverse services for pilgrims. And French is also the busiest itinerary, with more possibilities to start your adventure alone and end up surrounded by all kinds of people. The French Way is a path full of life that concentrates the traveling essence of the great pilgrims adventures and where every day is a unique experience. It is not essential to do the French Way the first time you take contact with the Jacobean route, but it is certainly the most advisable option to know one of the most important social and tourist phenomena of recent times.
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Training to do the Camino de Santiago?
The Camino de Santiago does not arise as a sporting challenge, although we are increasingly thinking about it in this way, but it needs to be in good shape. Would you dare to do the Way without being trained?
If you answer yes it is perhaps that you do not know the effort that requires mainly two daily actions in the Way to Santiago:
- Carry the weight of the backpack
- Walk sometimes for about 8 hours a day
You should at least train a few weeks before with a backpack with weight for 2 hours at the beginning and gradually increase the walking time. The goal is to prepare to walk for several days in a row with weight on the back and during days of 7-8 hours of activity.
If you want to running (without backpack) will help improve your chances of better withstand the effort. In addition, we recommend that you prepare some exercise that helps reinforce the lower back, to support the weight of the backpack and the walk itself.
If you still answer that you would dare to do the Camino de Santiago without training, we assume that you are thinking that it will be hard at the beginning and then your body will become used to, or that you think of only walking for the last 100 km … it is possible that you are able as it depends a lot on your condition, complexion, or how loaded you carry the backpack.
Our recommendation is that you need training at least a couple of weeks before, being the first week on alternate days and the following week either on consecutive days or with a rest day in the middle of the week. It is necessary to prepare the feet, legs and joints for the effort that we are going to carry out. You should take care about your back a lot and think while walking if you are carrying a good posture. Finally try to follow your steps to the rhythm of your breathing and even try to make it sound and harmonious.
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These days you have asked us why you can not walk by the usual route of the Camino de Santiago from Monte do Gozo at the entrance to the city of Santiago de Compostela.
We have read barbarities that the Concello shows little sensitivity, that is increased by 4 kilometers plus the distance of the stage, which causes losses of pilgrims and so much more. Well, we inform that the works do not have to do with the Concello and if with the Ministry of Public Works and that it is necessary works, they are not caprice.
The detour from the chapel and the monument of Monte del Gozo is perfectly marked, perfectly and gives no option to neglect or loss, allowing many pilgrims to know the sculptures of the pilgrims greeting the towers of the Cathedral of Santiago as well as passing by the rehabilitated area where the free pools of Monte do Gozo are.
The works are expected to be completed by the end of this year and will only be during these months that we must adapt to this change. The previous route marked a distance of 4.9 km from the Monument of Monte do Gozo and the new route increases by 1.4 km and leaves the route at 6.3 km.
We have made two screenshots of Google Maps to help you understand the change of route and be clear where you should go. As horizontal images we recommend that you place the mobile in horizontal and that is why we have put them at the end of the post, hehe, so you do not have to be moving too much the mobile.
By the way, if after passing underneath the SC-20 you continue in front you will save a few meters but we recommend turn right to approach to the garden of the Palace of Congresses and that you can take the photo in one of the typical welcome city posters and then continue along the usual route.
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