This verdant northwestern corner of Spain is not to be missed. While Santiago is the final destination on the Way of St. James, there is so much more to discover. Whether your visit to Santiago de Compostela is long or short, you’ll find dozens of things you can do in this enchanting city. Here are five of my favorites!
1. Take a rooftop tour of the Cathedral
Do this in the late spring or summer to get the clearest views. For one hour, a guide will show you around the rooftops, explain its history and allow ample time for photos.
2. Eat Galician octopus at O Bogedon Os Concheiros
Santiago is packed with great places to eat from bars to family-style restaurants that serve the freshest seafood. Wander away from crowded Rúa do Franco and your taste buds will be rewarded with some of the most succulent octopus you’ve ever tried.
3. Visit the Museo do Pobo Galego
A great way to get a deeper look at the rich culture of this unique region is to visit the museum about the Galician people and their way of life. Don’t forget to snap a photo of the famed spiral staircase inside!
4. Go hiking
Get to know Galicia. Pico Sacro is just a short 30-minute bus ride and then a short hike up to the peak. Your efforts will be rewarded with a stunning view of the surrounding area.
5. Shop at the Mercado de Abastos
Head to where the locals shop. Go early to find deals on fresh seafood and produce. It’s a busy place but you’ll definitely walk away with your arms full.