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Orense - At night
Every time I managed to visit Orense it was night. I visited it several times, when returning from Santiago de Compostela or after wandering around Galicia’s breathless landscapes. More than once, we had dinner there. We drove through the city to get a general view of it, although I have no particular landmark to mention. The overall impression I got was that this city, in the older side of it, has some interesting buildings, apparently well kept.
The city is bathed by a river (River Minho that runs to Portugal) and you can find the older part of town (with interesting architecture) on one side of the river and some residential neighborhoods on the other, with commerce and services. There are at least 2 bridges that cross the river, and the view you get when crossing them is so nice (over the illuminated older side of Orense).
Sanxenxo - Main beach
Sanxenxo is, on my opinion, a little village that grew into a busy beach resort (on summer months). It seems to have grown a lot around the beach area - a large main road with a nice pedestrians walk along the bay, but so overcrowded with buildings.
The beach's sand is white and thin and water is crystal clear and calm. But this is not, by far, my favourite beach in that area. If you have a car and drive around, you will find beautiful little unspoilt beaches almost deserted ... worth getting into your car, driving around and discover unspoilt paradises. I’m sure you won't regret at all.
Sanxenxo, like a busy touristy village, has a huge offer of accommodations that range from private bedrooms to hotels, several discos and pubs and lots of restaurants. I'm sure everybody will find one that is appropriate to their likings. There are also lots of shops, selling beach related stuuf, although I’m no sure about quality and prices.
Vigo - Wild Horses Sculpture
Vigo is a city that hasn't that much to offer compared to other cities in Galicia and in Spain. But one thing that I liked about it was its sculptures - through the city, in the streets and the squares you will find innumerous sculptures, all with some specific meaning related to Vigo's history, geography or economy. Other noticeable spots in Vigo are: "Bairro de Berbes", a neighbourhood where sailors used to live (in the old part of the city) and also the port - the biggest fishing port of Spain (bathed by the Atlantic Ocean).
For further information about Vigo, see my Vigo page.
Santiago de Compostela - Cathedral
Santiago de Compostela is known all over the world, since it is one of the three main Catholic symbols, together with Rome and Jerusalem.
The ex-libris of this town is the Cathedral. It is said to be the most extraordinary monument built in Spain in Middle Age. But there's a lot more to see there - it is often said that Santiago is the stone converted into art.
When i visited Santiago de Compostela and entered the old quarter i felt an atmosphere of “holliness” everywhere, ... lots of tourists just visiting this beautiful place, classified by Unesco as World Heritage site, but also some other people to whom seemed more important the catholic meening of the place than the architecture itself.
At the first sight of the Cathedral i was amazed by this imponent building. It is really huge and beautiful, with elaborate stone works. Every single detail is fantastic, i just kept looking at it and wondering how long that took to be built, how many crafstmen worked there, ... I was almost speachless.
Since there is a University in Santiago de Compostela you can also feel a certain students’ atmosphere, ... a nice mixture of students, catholic people and tourist, ... A very beautiful and well kept place. Worth a visit no matter what religion you may be.
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