Santiago de Compostela: Two-Day Guide

If you only have two days in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, you’ll want to see the best attractions in this city famous for its historic Cathedral. Here are some tips and ideas to help you plan your visit:

Things you need:

  • Good walking shoes for exploring the city, especially by the sea and in the old town. Waterproof shoes are even better since it rains a lot in Galicia.
  • Raincoat and umbrella in case it rains while you’re out and about.

Day 1:

Morning:

  • Head to Pastelería Mercedes Mora to try tarta de Santiago, a traditional almond cake that originated in Santiago de Compostela.
  • Visit the Mercado de Abastos, the local farmers market, to explore the stalls of fresh produce, seafood, and other Galician specialties.

Afternoon:

  • For a delicious seafood meal, make a reservation at Abastos 2.0, a restaurant located next to the market. They offer a fixed-price menu based on the freshest ingredients of the day and can accommodate vegetarians and folks with other dietary restrictions.
  • Go for a walk through the historic old town of Santiago de Compostela, where you can find menus with translations in multiple languages due to the international pilgrims who visit each year.

Evening:

  • Visit the Cathedral de Santiago to witness pilgrims arriving and possibly witness the swinging of the Botafumeiro, a giant incense burner.
  • For dinner, head to A Noiesa for typical Galician cuisine named after the nearby town of Noia. Don’t miss the fried eggplant dish, which is perfectly cooked then drizzled with honey.

Day 2:

Morning:

  • For breakfast, find a bakery selling empanada gallega or Galician empanada, a Galician meat pie (though you can find vegetarian versions) that you can find at various shops around the city. If you come across the pulpo (octopus), don’t hesitate to give it a try.
  • Check out the Pilgrim Museum (which is free on Sundays) to learn more about the history of the Camino de Santiago.

Afternoon:

  • Head to Vilar 64 Gastrobar  for lunch to try their famous “La Perla Brava,” a unique take on patatas bravas that won an award in the International Patata Bravas Making Contest. Each fried ball of dough is filled with the classic patatas bravas ingredients and is a must-try in Santiago.
  • Stop by the Benedictine Monastery of San Paio de Antealtares to buy almond cookies baked by the nuns who live in the convent there.

Evening:

  • Take a leisurely stroll through Alameda Park, a beautiful green space with winding paths, lush vegetation, and views of the Cathedral. Look out for the statue of the two Marías as you enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
  • Stop by Bico de Xeado for locally-produced organic ice cream.

With comfortable footwear, rain gear, and these tips, you can make the most of your two days in Santiago. Whether you’re learning about the Camino, sampling delicious tapas, or exploring historic landmarks, we know you’ll enjoy your visit to this lovely city in Galicia.

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