"Santiago de Compostela- 2004 JUBILEE year" Santiago de Compostela by Tami_G
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"...of all the ancient Spanish cities, the one that seems to be immobilised in a granite dream, immutable and eternal, is Santiago de Compostela... It does not seem ancient but more eternal...". Valle-Incl?n.
Santiago de Compostela is my hometown. It is the capital of the province of A Coruna in the northwest of Spain. It is a very vibrant small city full of history. There are two main parts of the city: the old town and the new town. We call them "zona vieja" and "zona nueva". The old town is beautiful!!!The name Santiago comes from the Apostol Santiago (Saint James). "Compostela" comes from the latin "campus stellae" which means "field of stars".
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This year is a holly year in Santiago and it's full of tourists. Many pilgrims come through the "Road to Santiago" on foot, horse, bike.... It's a nice moment to come, but if you don't like crowds just come another year or don't come in the summer.
WEBCAM in the Obradoiro square: Webcam
The streets ("ruas" in Galician) of the old town are very pretty.
Santiago is above all a college town. The University of Santiago is one of the oldest and most prestigious of Spain. The city is always full of students and tourists and the nightlife is great. There are lots of bars, pubs and clubs to go out to. The best time to party is during the school year when the students are here. And of course, as this is Spain, you go out to party around 11-12 at night and go back home between 5 and 8 am.
The food in all the region of Galicia is very good. Seafood and fish are specially famous in the region and of very good quality. There are also many meat dishes and lots of other good food. So if you come to Santiago don't go to Mc Donald's or Burger King. Please try some of the typical food.
- Pros:Beautiful old town!!!
- Cons:the RAIN! (although I have to admit this year the weather has been wonderful!)
- In a nutshell:History, culture, art, and fun
This statue of two old ladies represents two local women called "las dos en punto" ("2 o'clock") or "las dos Marias"... more travel advice
The best way to get to Santiago is to fly here. It's the quickest way and if you get a good offer it's not that... more travel advice
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