Cheap flights to Santiago de Compostela
With its world famous cathedral and old world medieval streets, Santiago de Compostela can claim to be one of the most beautiful cities in Spain. Add to that a cuisine that is up there with the best in Europe and a countryside that rivals Ireland for its beauty and you have a city that makes for a great holiday destination.
"Entre Lusco e Fusco" means, in local lingo, "the twilight". But in Santiago it is also a very special weekly market. Located in a delightful, leafy setting, it's open every Tuesday afternoon. Stock up on local food, organic fruits and vegetables, fairtrade products and handcrafts (Parque de Belvís).
If you like leather goods and handmade costume jewellery, don't miss the hippie street market in the centre of the Old Town. It has around 15 stalls and is usually open from 10am to 8pm, although it sometimes stays open later on warm summer days. The perfect place to buy special souvenirs (Rúa Nova).
Travel throught the Galician culture in the Museo do Pobo Galego, with displays on traditional professions, local costumes, music and customs. The building, a 13th-century monastery with an incredible triple spiral staircase, is worth a visit in its own right. Admission for adults is €3 (San Domingos de Bonaval, museodopobo.es).
Put on the trekking boots and take a walk to the peak of Monte Pedroso. This forest park offers the best views of the city, the cathedral and surroundings, especially at sunset. To get there, you cross the Asén Bridge in Galeras Park, go through the Casas Novas neighbourhood and up the Via Crucis path, in a trek that will take you about 40 minutes. Feeling lazy? It is also reachable by car.
Get to know Galicia through its educational evolution. In MUPEGA you can travel to the rural schools of the past, meet the most innovative local teachers, read ancient textbooks and play with the same toys that children of past centuries did, as well as explore modern-day classroom technology. An interesting walk through the past, present and future, and entrance is free (107 San Lazaro, santiagoturismo.com).
Water babies should make a beeline for "Tapia" in Ames, just a 15-minute drive from town. It's the perfect spot for invigorating swims in the river, sunbathing or taking a canoeing course. And, if you prefer land exploration, you can select one of the forest walks in the surrounding areas. turgalicia.es
Less than an hour by car or train from Santiago, don't miss A Coruña and its Tower of Hércules. The world's oldest Roman lighthouse and the only one that remains operating, it has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Climb the steps inside the tower and enjoy the views from the outside terrace. Later, take a walk to the nearby sculpture park, the perfect location in which to relax and look out across the wild Atlantic Ocean. turismocoruna.com
If you're in Santiago on a Sunday, take a car or the train to Padrón, a 30-minute trip. This village has one of the biggest outdoor markets in Galicia, with 600 stands selling fruit, vegetables, clothing, household items and lots more. It's like a department store on the street. And when you finish shopping, don't return to Santiago without eating a portion of "polbo á feira", or "fair-style octopus". spain.info