Welcome to Padrón
As the story goes, the town of Padrón, on the Río Sar 20km south of Santiago de Compostela, is where St James' (Santiago's) corpse landed in Galicia on arrival from Palestine in its stone boat. Padrón is also known for its tiny green peppers, pimientos de padrón, which were imported from Mexico by 16th-century Franciscan friars and are now grown all around town. When fried up and sprinkled with coarse salt, they're one of Spain's favourite tapas. Just beware of the odd very spicy one. Padrón was also the home town of two of Galicia's most famous writers – Galicia's 'national poet' Rosalía de Castro (1837–85) and Nobel Prize–winning novelist Camilo José Cela (1916–2002).
The town has a neat little old centre of stone houses and stone-paved streets. The more modern areas surrounding this are good examples of how dreary 20th-century Galician urban development could be.