Arriving in Santiago de Compostela, we begin our visit to the picturesque historic center, discovering its imposing Cathedral, with its large square and discovering the history related to this place of pilgrimage.
The cathedral was built between 1075 and 1128 and retained the Romanesque style even after and over several centuries, other architectural styles were added.
We will also see the Quintana Square which is divided into two spaces: Quinta de Vivos and Quintana de Mortos then we arrive at the Porta Santa, dating from the 17th century.
You will have the opportunity to enjoy the ancient Benedictine Convent of San Martiño Pinario, built between the 16th and 18th centuries, considered the largest in Galicia and the Hostal dos Reis Católicos, founded in 1492 which was the former Royal Hospital, being today the NationalParador building.
Following the historical center, we can enjoy the mystical environment of this city with many green spaces that invite relaxation.
Still in the historical center we will discover the traditional market, with shops linked to the religious business, handicrafts, antiques and gastronomic spaces, not forgetting the Mercado de Abastos, where we can taste the Spanish cheeses and sausages, as well as the sweet pies of Santiago.
This market opened in 1937. Besides being able to buy souvernirs to take back with you, the market has bars and terraces to taste the tapas calmly.
Before leaving this magnificent city, we can not miss one of its viewpoints, with fantastic views, like San Domingos de Bonaval and Alameda.
The story tells us that whoever traveled the Way of Santiago, managed to get to Compostela and to visit the Cathedral, was entitled to absolution from their sins.
Santiago de Compostela is an unforgettable journey of ancient pilgrimage.