Walk through the town to the magnificent Plaza del Obradoiro and then to the gates of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The Cathedral, during medieval times was considered the third most important place of pilgrimage after Jerusalem and Rome. Today it is the jewel of the city and an exquisite example of Romanesque architecture.
Exploring beyond the church is too often an afterthought for visitors. It shouldn’t be – this is one of the great Spanish cities, with a
Galician charm all of its own. A maze of pedestrianised streets and shaded squares burrow away from the cathedral’s square, the granite buildings giving Santiago’s centre a honey-coloured hue. A tour around town is also rewarding for its gastronomic gains. Galicia boasts great seafood cuisine –a lingering plate of pulpo a la gallega washed down with a glass of local white, seated outside on the flagstone pavement of a medieval street, may be a simple pleasure, but it’s a memory that lingers long after others fade. Go on, after you’ve visited the church, make a pilgrimage for Santiago’s other attractions.