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Bilbao to Santiago de Compostela Road trip

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If you are planning a trip in Northern Spain we strongly recommend you save this url in your favorites, list. We have put great care to this itinerary and the recommendations on it are a great free travel guide to north Spain

Enjoy northern Spain with accommodation in a selection of fantastic hotels and with the best local cuisine. This road trip in Spain offers a great way to discover the north of Spain by visiting elegant cities such as San Sebastian, Santander and Oviedo and small fishing villages, all with their traditional architecture. You will also discover amazing mountain landscapes, fantastic beaches and welcoming local people…This road trip has been selected as one of Spain’s best holidays by The Times

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San Sebastian - Santiago - Top recommendations

If you are a sun-seeker and want to relax and read a book on a crowded beach this holiday in Northern Spain should not be your first choice.

But if you enjoy food, wine, culture and spectacular seashore and mountain landscapes this is probably one of the best vacations you can enjoy in Europe

OUR SELECTION OF AMAZING HOTELS

More recommendations are provided in the detailed itinerary

SAN SEBASTIAN – VILLA SORO. One of Spain´s most romantic hotels. Only 25 rooms.  We love the building and parking is free. See more HERE

HONDARRIBIA – HOTEL OBISPO.  This hotel used to be the residence of the bisop. Lots of charm, fantastic breakfast and free parking. Much better value for money than the Parador though not the best option in case you have mobility difficulties.  See more HERE

BILBAO – HOTEL ARTEXE.  Great value for money . Parking is free and the hotel is just 1 mile from Guggenheim museum.  Great atmosphere and the feeling to sleep in a rural environment yet being in Bilbao. Find more HERE

SANTANDER –  GRAN HOTEL SARDINERO. Fantastic sea view from many of its rooms and not overpriced. paid parking. Fin more HERE

CANGAS DE ONIS – PARADOR DE TURISMO. We believe this is one of the most beautiful paradores in Spain. Fantastic breakfast and excellent gastronomy for dinner. Parking is free. Find more HERE

LUGO – HOTEL  MONUMENTO PAZO DE ORBAN.  Lots of charm for this old galician palace reconverted into a 4 star hotel. We love its breakfast. Without a doubt the best option in Lugo. Find more HERE

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA. SAN FRANCISCO HOTEL MONUMENTO. There are many good hotels in Santiago but this is our favorite. Why? A fantastic building, superb indorr swiming-pool, chic rooms, good location, great breakfast and free parking… Find more HERE

 

RECOMMENDED TRIP DURATION

7 to 12 nights to get the most out of it (minimum recommended is 4 nights / 5 days with nights in such case in Bilbao or San Sebastian (2 nights), 1 night in Oviedo and 1 night in Santiago de Compostela)

Best months to visit? End of March, April, May, June and first 2 weeks of July. September and october are also good months.

TOP HIGHLIGHTS

Northern Spain roadtrip
  • Enjoy 2 countries in 1 dayHondarribia´s bay faces France. You can have breakfast in Spain and lunch in France...
  • Enjoy 3 countries in the road trip if you extend it to North of Portugal from Santiago
  • La Concha beach in San Sebastian
  • The Guggenheim museum in Bilbao
  • Magdalena palace in Santander
  • Cuevas de Altamira and its 13,000 year old paintings - Santillana del Mar, Cantabria
  • Lagos de Covadonga in Picos de Europa, Asturias
  • Playa de las Catedrales (Cathedrals beach) near Ribadeo in Galicia
  • Plaza del Obradoiro, the end of "El Camino" in Santiago de Compostela

HIDDEN GEMS

  • La Corniche road between Hendaye and Saint Jean de Luz during your stay in Hondarribia
  • The hanging bridge in Getxo near BilbaoUnknown to most people, this is a Unesco heritage site
  • Enjoiy amazing anchovies in Santoña near Santander
  • Enjoy the wonderful cave of El Soplao near Santander
  • Enjoy fish at the beautiful village of Cudillero
  • Santa Maria del Naranco and Asturian templesAn Unesco heritage site near Oviedo. Excellent example of Romanesque architecture
  • Las Torres de Hercules in CoruñaA day excursion from Santiago de Compostela, Coruña is home to this lighthouse which has guided seamen since the 1st century

BEST DAY TOURS OR EXCURSIONS

DETAILED ROADTRIP PLANNER DAY BY DAY

Bilbao or San Sebastian to Santiago de Compostela
BILBAO
2 days recommended

1Bilbao in a nutshell

If you arrive driving from France it makes more sense to start the itinerary in Hondarribia or in San Sebastian. Otherwise,
Bilbao has excellent connections by plane (Madrid and Barcelona have daily flights) ,ferry with the United Kingdom and is a good point of departure for our road trip into Northern Spain.

Bilbao has undergone a radical transformation in recent years and has gone from being an industrial port city to become one of the cities with the most vibrant culture and varied gastronomy in Spain.

2Top attractions in Bilbao

The famous Guggenheim Museum is Bilbao´s main highlight. You will find the tourism office where you can ask about the local events/activities taking place on this day. We recommend making your way to the Casco Viejo (old quarters) by taking a lovely walk along the river.
In front of the Museum, you will find Puppy (Jeff Koons), or Mother (a huge spider sculpture); both are children´s favorites.

Teatro Arriaga. Oldest theatre in town, still operating. Interesting neo-baroque style.

Ensanche . An old town called Abando, it became part of Bilbao in 1870. The Ensanche is the Business center and dynamic area of Bilbao. Its main boulevard is Gran Via.

Market La Ribera . An exciting and massive local market. Art deco style

Museo de Bellas Artes ; essential collection from artists like Goya, El Greco, Francis Bacon, Gaugin, Chillida…

Funicular to Mount Artxanda. The funicular from 1912 is not only a fantastic architectural example but also allows you to enjoy incredible views of Bilbao.

You can find more information on this post wit the best things to do in Bilbao in 1 day

3Best things to do near Bilbao

Getxo. An upmarket destination famous for its architecture (with a clear British influence) and summer houses. Its famous bridge over the Nervion River connects with Portugalete, a working-class town that grew to provide services to the harbor. see map

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. Just a 40-minute drive from Bilbao, you will find San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. A fantastic church on top of a small island with breathtaking views. Bear in mind that you will need approx. 3 hours to walk to the church and return to the parking lot. Another option is to enjoy one of the boat excursions that depart from Bermeo

4Casual dining: Our favorite tapas bars and tapas restaurants

Rio-Oja Restaurant (Located on Txacur Kalea. You can enjoy a sit-down meal while enjoying authentic local food. They specialize in “cazuelas”.)
Gure Toki (One of our favorite bars in Plaza Nueva.)
Taberna Basaras (Located on Calle Pelota. A classic in Bilbao.)
Bar Santa María (Located on Calle Santa María.)

If you enjoy ice-cream and would like to end your tapas night with one we strongly recommend a visit to Heladería Adelia Ivañez (Posta Kalea). You will be able to taste Spanish turron (the typical dessert at Christmas time). This is in our view Bilbao´s best ice cream maker.

5Fine dining

Asador Ibañez A family owned restaurant, Ibañez is a great option if you want to enjoy high quality gastronomy based on the excellent quality of its meats, fish…
Sidreria La Gabarra: Sidrerias are very popular in the Basque country. Simple menus, very friendly atmosphere. Our favorite one is this one located on the other side of the river and 15 minutes walk from the Guggenheim. This is a very popular restaurant among locals. We recommend to try «Menu sidreria» If you prefer to stay in the «Casco viejo» and try a Sidreria, Arriaga is could be an option for you.
Despensa de Etxanobe. This is the bistro style concept, yet with prices close to 100€, of Michelin starred Etxanobe. Excellent quality and for many a better option than more expensive Michelin star alternative.
MinaNext to the Guggenheim museum and a very convenient option if you plan to visit the museum, Mina takes pride in its commitment with sustainability and the use of local seasonal products. Only tasting menus are served.

SAN SEBASTIAN
1 day recommended, 2 or 3 in case you are a foodie

1San Sebastian in a nutshell

San Sebastian began its tourism in the 19th century when Queen Isabella II. She chose the city as a holiday resort making it fashionable for other aristocrats in the same way as other important cities in France like Biarritz.
San Sebastian is one of the most elegant and beautiful cities of Spain. La Playa de la Concha is the heart of this city and the gastronomic capital of Spain. The Old Town (Parte Vieja) is well known for having the highest concentration of bars in the world. These bars offer a great variety of local pintxos (Basque tapas)

2Top attractions in San Sebastian

La Concha La Concha is the central axis of San Sebastian and the reason why the city exists. Every tourist or resident walk it each day from one side of the city to the other. It has been considered by several publications as the most beautiful urban beach in Europe.
Basilica of Santa María del Coro: its location in the old part of San Sebastian and with mount Urgull behind it make of this baroque style church a top highlight in San sebastian.
Mercado de la Brecha San Sebastian is an important gastronomy tourism destination and a visit to its oldest market is a must to get a good glimpse at top local quality products: local cheeses, sausages and meats … time for pintxos after this!
Plaza de la Constitucion This square used to be a bullfighting ring and it is used still today for many local festivals.
You can find more interesting things to do in this post with ideas and best things to do in San Sebastian in 1 or 2 days

3Best things to do near San Sebastian

Getaria (25km east of San Sebastian) is a beautiful village in the spanish Basque Country. It is famous for the quality of its gastronomy, which uses the grill for both meat and fish. More information on Getaria on this post with the best things to do in Getaria in 1 day

Zumaia (7 kms east of Getaria) Zumaia offers one of the most interesting landscapes in the Basque country: ths Flisch . A 15 minutes walk with spectacular cliffs and shapes. IN Zumaia itself the Parroquia de San Pedro, a gothic, fortress type of church is very interesting.

4Our favorite pintxos bats

You will find hundreds of options to enjoy pintxos in San Sebastian. Many of them are crowded, and despite it may not be very convenient it indicates you will find something tasty inside…

La Mejillonera – a Very typical bar that serves, as its name indicates, mussels. They are prepared in many different ways.
A Fuego Negro –more avant-garde than traditional pintxos
Néstor – Its specialty pintxo is the tortilla. You should arrive before lunch or dinner to try it or otherwise, it will be gone
La Cuchara de San Telmo – One of our favorites, great pintxos
Gambara – If you enjoy mushrooms this is your place. Great selection of wines too.
La Viña – Their cheesecake is their main highlight. It is very tasty but too many people have found out…

5Fine dining

San Sebastian holds more Michelin starred restaurants than any other city in the world. Expensive tasting menus… but sometimes a life time experience.
Nineu. Located at the beautiful Kursal building, Nineu is not a Michelin starred restaurant and your wallet will not get empty here. You can, however, enjoy high-quality gastronomy in a chic atmosphere.
Restaurante Kokotxa – Fantastic tasting menus and top quality since it got its 1st star in 2007.
Mirador de Ulía –innovative cuisine with a nod to its Basque roots. Its terrace offers a great atmosphere, especially during summer.
Arzak – A legend and the name behind a real revolution in Basque gastronomy
Akelarre –3 stars like Arzak. Located just 10 minutes from the center and with amazing views

HONDARRIBIA
1/2 day recommended. 1 & 1/2 day if you add French Basque country

1Hondarribia in a nutshell

“Hondarribia” in the Basque language, known as “Fuenterrabía” in Castilian Spanish, is divided into 2 neighborhoods. The Casco Viejo and Barrio de la Marina are both of great interest and with totally different characters
A border village with France, its history is strongly tied to this fact and its fishing nature.
There is a beach in Hondarribia though most locals prefer to go «to the other side» as they call neighboring Hendaye in France which is hone to an impressive beach, a delight for local surfers.

2Top attractions in Hondarribia

Casco Viejo. With its cobbled streets, town squares and corners, the Casco Viejo neighborhood offers great architectural interest. This old part of town (hence its name) is reached through gates of the old medieval wall, the only wall of this type in the province of Guipuzcoa).
Calle Mayor. Located in the Casco Viejo. You will find the Town Hall (“Ayuntamiento”) and the Palacio Zuloaga.
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción y el Manzano. 15th and 16th Century Gothic-style church. Impressive and beautiful church organ.
Plaza de Armas. Located in front of the Parador hotel. Colorful and with views of France.
El Parador de turismo. Old castle of Charles the fifth. We suggest visiting the Parador for a cup of coffee to enjoy this fantastic building. On its façade, you can see the marks from a cannon left during a battle against the French in the 18th century.
Barrio de la Marina This neighborhood welcomes us with a great path of trees and colourful Basque houses.

3Best things to do near Hondarribia

Saint Jean de Luz – France
From Hondarribia, you should head towards Irun, then Hendaye (already France) and take the beautiful road of «La Corniche» (through Hendaye and its beach, the castle of Abaddie, the road «La Corniche» and its cliffs and the Fortress at Socoa). We have included a map with a short itinerary in Saint Jean de Luz
We recommend a short stop at the food market. Most restaurants concentrate in Rue de la Republique and Rue Tourrase. Le Kaiku, Zoko-Moko, Broullairta and L´Ocean (Grand Thalasso Spa hotel) are the best options for fine dining. You may want also to consider the restaurants near the fortress in Socoa (3 minutes drive from Saint_jean de luz) which specialize in fish and offer good value for money
You can return to Hondarribia by motorway (A63) on your way back to Hondarribia or head towards Biarritz.
Biarritz – France
A very elegant and popular destination in France and now a top surfers haven. It offers some jewels like the Rocher de la Vierge, its lighthouse or its architecture, where the Hotel du Palais and the orthodox church stand out. Its good conditions for surfers have brought a new flair and live to Biarritz. Also worth visiting is the aquarium.
Aihnoa and Espellete ´The interior of the french basque country offer beautiful villages. Aihnoa and Espellete are the closest ones to the highway and worth a detour if time permits.

4Our favorite pintxos bars

El Barrio de la Marina is the place for pintxos in Hondarribia. This area is the busiest part of the city and reminds us of the seaport of Fuenterrabia. You will find many bars with terraces and a great local atmosphere. They can get very crowded though.
We recommend Ardoka (with a wider selection of wines) , Gran Sol or Sardara.

5Fine dining

Alameda is a Michelin starred restaurant with different tasting menu options. Much better value for money than in San Sebastian though their prices are going up in recent years. You may want to consider booking a table on the terrace. A great option if the weather is good.

SANTANDER
1 day for Santander but minimum 2 to enjoy the area

1Things to enjoy on your way to Santander driving from Bilbao or San Sebastian

Castro Urdiales. The city center offers the best example of a Gothic church in Cantabria. The castle (and lighthouse) and the medieval bridge. For a meal in Castro Urdiales, we recommend Asador El Puerto (great views from the terrace) and La Arboleda.
Reserva Natural de las Marismas in Santoña. You can enjoy good views of the bay and bird life in between the fishing and the sports harbours.
Santoña. Famous mainly for the quality of its anchovies, we recommend a visit to the harbour, Santa María del Puerto church and the castle.

Cabarceno Natural Reserve is interesting for nature and animal lovers but a minimum of 4 hours is recommended to enjoy it.
Not far from it is the nice village of Lierganes with its fantastic bridge and architecture.

2Santander in a nutshell

Santander is the capital of the region of Cantabria. Santander and it’s bay constitute one of the more elegant cities of Spain, although its gastronomy is not as well-known as Basque cuisine. The city is well-known for being the homeland of one of Spain´s most important banks «Banco Santander». This institution has invested locally to make Santander a reference in arts and culture.

3Top attractions in Santander

City center. Explore the city center for tapas (Hernan Cortes street and surroundings). Bodegas Mazon is a good choice.
Palace of Magdalena. Walk around the famous Palace of Magdalena and enjoy fantastic views over the bay.
Take a picture next to the Monument of Los Raqueros on Paseo Pereda.
You can cross the bay on a water taxi to Somo.

4Best things to do near Santander

Please refer to the best things to do on your way from Basque Country or on your way from Santander to Cangas de Onis to to decide which things could be enjoyed as a day excursion if you stay longer in Santander

5Our recommended restaurants in Santander

We recommend dinner at Los Peñucas restaurant (in the fishermen’s quarter of Santander and famous for rice and fish).
Cañadio One of the most respected restaurants by locals. The bar has a great selection of tapas and the restaurant offers a very elegant environment and a high quality traditionla food
El serbal El Serbal is a top reference in Santander, specially since it got a Michelin star

CANGAS DE ONIS
1/2 for Cangas itself. 1 &1/2 if you want to enjoy Covadonga and the lakes

1Things to enjoy on your way to Cangas from Santander

Santillana del Mar – Santillana is one of the most beautiful villages in Spain and world famous for its Altamira Caves (13,000-year-old cave drawings).
Comillas – visit the Capricho de Gaudí, the historic center, the Sobrellano Palace and the Oyambre beach.
Cueva El Soplao – one of the great wonders of geology. You can go up on a mining train. Visit lasts 1 hour.
San Vicente de la Barquera – beautiful fishing village. Go up to the castle and enjoy the views.
Gulpilluri beach – one of the most beautiful beaches accessible by car on this coast. Exit A8 at Naves.
Ribadesella (near the coast)
Visit the Bufones de Pría, holes in the rock by which arise “false geysers”. They are best seen with high tide and on windy days.

2Cangas de Onis in a nutshell

Cangas de Onis was the capital of the Asturian reign. Its king Don Pelayo headed the army that won the famous battle at Covadonga in 722 which is the landmark for the beginning of the reconquering process against the Muslim invasion

Cangas de Onís is today an important touristic destination and the starting point for mountain visits to the famous Picos de Europa and Covadonga Lakes. You can hike up to the Covadonga Monastery. If the weather is good, we recommend continuing the ascent to the Covadonga Lakes

3Top attractions in Cangas de Onis

Worth seeing: the Roman bridge, Capilla de Santa Cruz and Iglesia de la Asunción.

You cannot miss the ascent to the Covadonga Sanctuary (15 minutes from Cangas) and the Lakes of Covadonga (35 minutes from Cangas. This only makes sense if the day is not foggy).

Bear in mind that you will need close to 2 hours to enjoy the route to the lakes including a bit of time to walk, enjoy the views, etc.

4Things to enjoy near Cangas de Onis

Please refer to the best things to do on your way from Santander or on your way from Cangas de Onis to Oviedo to decide which things could be enjoyed as a day excursion if you stay longer in Cangas de Onis

5Our recommended restaurants in Cangas de Onis

We recommend sidrerias (cider house) El Polesu or El Molín de la Pedrera

OVIEDO
1/2 day. There are many interesting things to enjoy from Cangas de Onis so you may want to consider a longer stay

1Things to enjoy on your way to Oviedo from Cangas de Onis

Mirador del Fitu – gorgeous view of the Picos de Europa
Lastres – beautiful fishing village
Villaviciosa – town famous for its cider houses or “sidrerías”. Visit the Rodiles beach.
Tazones – beatiful fishing village
Gijón – Explore the San Lorenzo beach, the Plaza Mayor and go up the hill of Santa Catalina; there, you will find a famous sculpture that the locals affectionately call “King Kong’s toilet”.

2Oviedo in a nutshell

Oviedo is the capital of the region of Asturias. it is considered one of the cities in Spain with higher quality of life. You will enjoy its elegant and lively streets and squares.

3Top attractions in Oviedo

We suggest this itinerary in the city: Cathedral of San Salvador, the calle Rúa towards the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, continue on calle Fierro towards the Mercado Fontán and the Plaza Daoiz y Velarde. Continue on Calle Fontán to the Campo de San Francisco park and towards the Campoamor Theater.
On the outskirts of the city is the ancient Romanesque church of Santa María del Naranco.

4Things to enjoy near Oviedo

Santa Maria del Naranco A Unesco herigate site along with other Christian temples which, at the 8th century, kept alive the flame of Christianity
Please refer to the best things to do on your way from Cangas de Onis or on your way from Oviedo to Lugo to decide which things could be enjoyed as a day excursion if you stay longer in Oviedo

5Our recommended restaurants in Oviedo

Don’t leave without tasting the “carballones” and other local pastries at Camilo de Blas
This is one of our favorite restaurants in Oviedo, highly advisable

LUGO
1/2 day. There are many interesting things to enjoy from Oviedo so you may want to consider a longer stay

1Things to enjoy on your way to Lugo from Oviedo

Cudillero – Fishing village considered one of the most beautiful villages of Spain. Many restaurants in the plaza with good atmosphere
Luarca – Fishing village. Interesting but similar to Navia (see next) in case you are tight on time.
Navia – We recommend avoiding the highway in order to enjoy the views on N640. Navia is a beautiful fishing village. Go up to the Ermita de la Virgen Blanca. We recommend here restaurant La Barcarola.
Near Ribadeo – one of Spain’s most famous and impressive beaches, the Playa de las Catedrales (to the west, reserve your visit online before hand), and the Peñarronda Beach (to the east)
Mondoñedo – see the Episcopal Palace and the art and craft workshops of the Barrio de los Molinos

2Lugo in a nutshell

Lugo was an important Roman base and remains today one of the places in Spain with more Roman heritage. Its walls, a Unesco heritage site, are a great example of well-preserved history.
Lugo is very much unknown to most tourists and we believe it is a charming stop in this road trip. Much more than just its walls, Lugo has lots of character and interest in itself.

3Top attractions in Lugo

The Walls – They date back from Roman times when Lugo was Lucus Augusti.
Plaza Mayor – A beautiful main square at the heart of Lugo
Cathedral – Originally Romanesque and then continued in different styles, it holds an impressive art collection in its interior

4Things to enjoy near Lugo

Please refer to the best things to do on your way from Oviedo or on your way from to Lugo to Santiago de Compostela to decide which things could be enjoyed as a day excursion if you stay longer in Lugo.
Something you may want to consider if you enjoy walking is to enjoy a 1/2 treck of El Camino de Santiago from near Lugo

5Our recommended restaurants in Lugo

If you ask any Spaniard about what should be eaten in Lugo, you will probably receive a unanimous answer: Lugo. Pulpo a feira is the local specialty and you should not leave Lugo without tasting it. Try it at its best at Pajón and at O Xugo

We recommend Fonte De Rei for high quality, very affordable food. If you decide to enjoy this restaurant you will end your dinner questioning why you have paid so much on many occasions for much less than what you were served here.

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
1 day and 2 or more if you want to enjoy el Camino, Rias Baixas or even Northern Portugal

1Things to enjoy on your way to Santiago from Lugo

This route is one of the final stages in the Camino de Santiago. We recommend you profit from this by either walking or enjoying some of the interesting villages on the way.

This route runs through towns that make up the 3 final stages of the Camino de Santiago (stages 32, 33 and 34). Among them, the highlight is probably Palas de Rey, at the end of stage 32. We recommend 2 brief detours: from Palas de Rey to Pambre to enjoy its beautiful castle, and also from Palas de Rey to Puertomarín, end of stage 31 of the Camino de Santiago and known for its beautiful Romanesque church. We recommend enjoying a drink at El Mirador de Portomarin. Good views and a good quality menu.

2Santiago de Compostela in a nutshell

Santiago is famous not only as being the destination for the Camino, but also by its culture and universal history. The Obradorio Square and Cathedral are must-sees, as well as a stroll in the food market because of the vibrant colors of their local seafood-filled stalls.

3Top attractions in Santiago de Compostela

Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.. Undoubtedly one of the most important cathedrals of Christianity and the most important point of pilgrimage in Europe. A shell and an arrow indicate the Camino de Santiago that ends at the Cathedral. The mass for pilgrims is celebrated every day at 12:00. The “Botafumeiro” is the most unique element of the cathedral. A giant censer that can carry 40 kilograms of incense as it swings across the cathedral (its original purpose was to eliminate the odors that the pilgrims brought in).
Cathedral rooftops. . We recommend the visit to the Cathedral rooftops. It is necessary to book at least one day in advance.
The Squares.. The “Plaza del Obradoiro” is the most famous being in front of the Cathedral. Do not miss visiting the others that surround the Cathedral: Plaza de la Quintana, Plaza de la Inmaculada (Azabachería) and Inmaculada Plaza de Platerías.
Mercado de Abastos. . The Galician people boast of having the best seafood in Europe. Where better to buy it than here? A beautiful market that is best to go early to enjoy all its liveliness. One of the bars of the market, Marisco Manía, lets you eat and enjoy the seafood purchased at the market there (paying for the preparation of the food and drinks).
Parque de la Alameda. A lovely park just next to the center of the city (take the Rua do Franco from the Cathedral – we do not recommend eating at one of the restaurants on this street). The Alameda Park has fantastic views of the city and the Cathedral.

4Things to enjoy near Santiago de Compostela

Rias Baixas and albariño wine country If you are interested in discovering the wines of Galicia, you may be interested in a day trip to Rías Baixas wine region of Galicia, just a one hour drive from Santiago de Compostela. Cambados is the capital of albariño wine and there are wineries nearby that you can visit with a previous reservation. We can recommend Bodegas Martín Códax, Agro de Bazán and Paco y Lola.

A Coruña Santiago is famous not only as being the destination for the Camino, but also by its culture and universal history. The Obradorio Square and Cathedral are must-sees, as well as a stroll in the food market because of the vibrant colors of their local seafood-filled stalls.

5Our recommended restaurants in Santiago de Compostela

If you ask any Spaniard about what should be eaten in Lugo, you will probably receive a unanimous answer: Lugo. Pulpo a feira is the local specialty and you should not leave Lugo without tasting it. Try it at its best at Pajón and at O Xugo

We recommend Fonte De Rei for high quality, very affordable food. If you decide to enjoy this restaurant you will end your dinner questioning why you have paid so much on many occasions for much less than what you were served here.

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