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Top Choice Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela

Catedral de Santiago de Compostela

The grand heart of Santiago, the cathedral soars above the city in a splendid jumble of spires and sculpture. Built piecemeal over several centuries, its beauty is a mix of the original Romanesque structure (constru…
Top Choice Plaza in Santiago de Compostela

Praza do Obradoiro

The grand square in front of the cathedral's west facade earned its name (Workshop Sq) from the stonemasons' workshops set up here while the cathedral was being built. It's free of both traffic and cafes, and has a …
Top Choice Galician in Santiago de Compostela

Abastos 2.0

This highly original, incredibly popular marketside eatery offers new dishes concocted daily from the market's offerings, with an emphasis on seafood. Inside is one long 12-seat table where they serve a daily-changi…
Top Choice Galician in Santiago de Compostela

O Curro da Parra

With a neat little stone-walled dining room upstairs and a narrow food-and-wine bar below, always-busy Curro da Parra serves thoughtfully created, market-fresh fare, changing weekly. Everything is delicious; typical…
Top Choice Cafe in Santiago de Compostela

Café-Jardin Costa Vella

The garden cafe of Hotel Costa Vella is the most delightful spot for breakfast (or a drink later in the day), with its fountain, a scattering of statuary and beautiful flowering fruit trees. And if the weather takes…
Top Choice Live Music in Santiago de Compostela

Casa das Crechas

There's no better place for Celtic and other live music. Head to the tightly packed downstairs bar about 10.30pm most Wednesdays from September to mid-June for terrific Galician folk sessions with the Banda das Crec…
Top Choice Museum in Santiago de Compostela

Museo da Catedral

The Cathedral Museum spreads over four floors and incorporates the cathedral's large 16th-century Gothic/plateresque cloister. You'll see a sizeable section of Maestro Mateo's original carved-stone choir (destroyed …
Top Choice Market in Santiago de Compostela

Mercado de Abastos

Santiago's food market is a fascinating, always lively scene, very clean, with masses of fresh produce from the seas and countryside attractively displayed at 300-odd stalls. Stock up on tetilla cheese, cured meats,…
Top Choice Museum in Santiago de Compostela

Museo das Peregrinacións e de Santiago

The brightly displayed Museum of Pilgrimages & Santiago gives fascinating insights into the phenomenon of Santiago (man, city and pilgrimage) down the centuries. Much of the explanatory material is in English as…
Top Choice Historic Building in Santiago de Compostela

Hostal dos Reis Católicos

Stretching across the northern end of Praza do Obradoiro, the Hostal dos Reis Católicos was built in the early 16th century by order of the Catholic Monarchs, Isabel and Fernando, as a recuperation centre for exhaus…