Hailed as the sparkling jewel in Galicia’s cultural and architectural crown, the sublime city of Santiago de Compostela enjoys significant international importance. Historic heritage reigns supreme amongst the myriad of magnificent monuments and awe-inspiring structure; the city’s most sophisticated symbol is undoubtedly its cathedral, whose connection to the apostle Saint James has made it one of the world’s most imperative Christian sites. Picturesque plazas teem with tantalising tapas bars and affluent architecture while the atmospheric centre bursts with tourists treasures that demand attention.
A structure that has become the city’s sacred and sophisticated symbol is the Santiago Cathedral, an awe-inspiring structure whose beguiling beauty is impossible to overemphasise. A dramatically filigreed façade covers alluring arches and talismanic towers, creating an impression of true ecclesiastical extravagance. Wander the circumference of this stunning and sacred structure in order to truly appreciate the delicate detail of this architectural masterpiece.
A wander around Santiago’s outstanding Old Town will afford visitors an architectural amalgamation of Gothic glory, Baroque beauty and neo-classical splendour. Buildings and residences are constructed on a scale of monumental magnificence, and are sure to impress with their affluent antiquity.
A perfect place in which to enjoy the gorgeous gastronomy of this rich culinary region is Gastrobar Avelaina, an eatery hailed as one of the city’s most exquisite. Feast upon signature specialities and tempting tapas dishes that encompass the exciting essence of Spanish cuisine; sizzling chorizo sausage, grilled king prawns and seared tuna steak are just a selection of the specialities on offer at this grand and gourmet establishment. (Tras Del Pilar, 7 Bajo, Santiago de Compostela)