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.
Feel like a true pilgrim and do a stage of the Camino de Santiago. Visit Mount Gozo, the place from which the pilgrims get first view of the towers of the Cathedral of Santiago and the starting point of the last section that leads to the doors of the cathedral.
If you are travelling to Santiago in January or February, you will be able to enjoy the sales season. Take advantage of it! You can find small shops around the city, but the traditional shopping área is the Ensanche. Walk along General Pardiñas Street, República del Salvador Street or Alfredo Brañas Street and find the best bargains.
The Mercado da Chuvia (Rain Market) is on the second Saturday of every the month. In the Area Central shopping centre you can enjoy music and dance shows for kids and adults, workshops and handicraft stalls of fashion, leather, bronze, pottery or wood.
"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).
Would you like to take a tour through the history of Galician and Spanish education? In the Pedagogical Museum of Galicia (MUPEGA) you will see recreations of nineteenth century classrooms. There are also school materials from all ages, laboratories and a collection of antique toys. For information visit http://www.edu.xunta.es/mupega/.
Dive into the university lifestyle visiting the Faculty of History and Geography, a XVIII century building. Mix with students while you walk around, admire the frescoes in the central hall or get a panoramic view of the city from the balconies.
Escape for a therapeutic experience in A Coruña. Take the train to A Coruña (30 minutes away) and visit Termaria Casa da Agua. There you can relax in a beautiful spot with jacuzzis, saunas, foot baths, a garden and an outdoor sauna. This lovely relaxing and therapeutic experience costs 20 euros.
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