Volumes have been written about the place and historians today still chew the cud over its pivotal role in the long push to reconquer the Iberian peninsula from Moorish rule. One salutory reminder of this clash of civilisations is the statue of a mounted Santiago Matamoros, the sword wielding, moor slaying saint, complete with vanquished foe trampled underhoof. It is now discreetly shielded from view behind an arrangement of red and white carnations. Another perhaps little known fact about Santiago de Compostela is that the Codex Calixtinus, compiled and published around the year 1140, was the first warts and all overland travel guide for the intrepid, godfearing, backpacking pilgrims that undertook the long walk across the Pyrenees and the plains of Castile to the Apostle’s alleged resting place in Galicia.
Santiago de Compostela is undoubtedly one of Spain’s loveliest cities.
- Our four hour gastronomic tour de force will take us a little off the beaten pilgrim path – taking in beautiful squares and winding streets where time appears to have stood still.
- We will visit cloistered nuns that make the city’s famous almond cake, Tarta de Santiago and have a wander around the bustling town market, known simply to locals as ‘la plaza’. The wonderful local produce here, especially fish and seafood is a joy to behold. We will visit both traditional hostelries and cutting edge vinotecas where you’ll have the opportunity to taste some of Galicia’s very best artisanal wines..
- These wines will be accompanied by quintessential Galician dishes such as pulpo á feira (which very loosely translates as ‘octopus as served at the fair’), tortilla (spanish omlette), pimientos de padrón (fried green peppers) and several types of locally harvested shellfish such as mejillones (mussels), berberechos (cockles) and zamburiñas (queen scallops). Whilst the emphasis is on traditional fare, you will get the chance to try what some chefs call updated Galician cuisine. This is a slow paced walking tour with a decidedly epicurean focus. The region’s fine wines and signature dishes will prove an unforgettable experience.
- 100€ per person
Day tour details
- Starting point: Plaza de Abastos (Municipal Market) Santiago de Compostela.
- Duration: 4 hours (11.00-15.00)
- Days: Tuesdays to Saturdays
- Minimum group size is 2
- Maximum group size is 12
Please inform us of any allergies or food intolerances prior to the tour. We will do everything we can to make sure you get the most out of the experience.
Santiago de Compostela