Santiago de Compostela It is one of the most famous cities in Spain for being the end of the Camino de Santiago, the ancient pilgrimage route. Beyond its spiritual weight it houses a great urban beauty, full of markets, cafes, shops and narrow streets with arcades. It is still a city in the northwest of Spain, where rain is abundant and must be go with the raincoat in hand at all times, but that should not discourage us from getting to know it.

Belvis Labyrinth.

Five unique places in Santiago de Compostela that you probably don’t know about (and can visit)

Museo do Pobo Galego

Building of the Museo do Pobo Galego in Santiago de Compostela.
Building of the Museo do Pobo Galego in Santiago de Compostela.

The convent of Saint Dominic of Bonaval, Founded in the 13th century but rebuilt in Baroque style in the 17th and 18th centuries, it is today the Museo do Pobo Galego, which houses an exhibition of the most representative cultural manifestations of Galicia. Clothing, items from the countryside and the sea, sculptures and Galician paintings… all of this will allow you to learn about the history of the Galician people.

Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 6pm, and Sundays and holidays from 11am to 2pm. The entrance costs 5 euros and the reduced one €2.5. For more information consult the official website of the Museo Do Pobo Galego.

Churches of the historic center

The cathedral of Santiago de Compostela began a program of guided night tours this Tuesday
Interior of the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

It is evident that the Cathedral of Santiago is a must-see, but in the historic center of the city there is several temples that, apart from admiring its interior architecture, they protect us from the rain. Some of those who can be visited are the monastery and church of San Paio de Antealtaresthe church of Saint Fiz of Soloviothe convent and church of Saint Augustinethe church of Santa María Do Camiñothat of Santa María Solomé and of San Bieito do Campo.

Tapas route

Rua da Raiña in Santiago de Compostela
Rua da Raiña in Santiago de Compostela

If lunchtime is approaching or your energy is somewhat low, you should go through the streets of bars and tapas from Santiago. The Rua do Francowhich leads to the Plaza del Obradoiro and the Platerias Squarethe Nova Street, of Saint Peter wave Rúa da Raíña They are perfect for enjoying pinchos. We cannot forget the Galician wines, Curiously, they are called more by the name of the grape than by the Denomination of Origin, such as Albariño (Rías Baixas) or Mencía (DO Ribeira Sacra).

sweet tour

A Santiago Cake with the Cross of Santiago on its surface.
Santiago cake with the Apostle’s Cross.

Nothing better than protecting yourself from the rain with a dessert. In the Rúa Do Vilar we will find confectioneries and cafes where you can taste the famous Santiago cake or the Piedras de Santiago (chocolate bonbons), and in the streets of Caldeireiría and I ask we will see numerous gourmet stores.

University library

Library of the Faculty of Geography and History.
Library of the Faculty of Geography and History.

It is inevitable to associate rainy days with books and libraries that remind us of “Harry Potter.” The Library of the Faculty of Geography and History of the University of Santiago is a hidden treasure in the old town of the city and is free access. It is on the second floor of the faculty and was created in 1924 and take inspiration of the old monastic reading rooms.

Children of Santiago Rodríguez Bookstore.

This is the oldest bookstore in Spain: more than 170 years of history and five generations of the same family

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