Accommodations: Charming hotel at the Rias Altas coast.
There are many interesting stops heading north from Sanjenjo, but Santiago de Compostela is mandatory!
The end station for the pilgrimage route, “Camino de Santiago” is a veritable cornucopia of attractions and one of the world’s most important cultural centers. Santiago de Compostela exudes charm and has a myriad of cozy streets, where there is ample opportunity to sample the many local specialties. Its old town is hard to match. Surrounding the cathedral is the historic center, which is on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list.
You'll find its monuments are real pieces of art in different architectural styles. In Santiago, eating is an important aspect of the culture. A wide variety of cafés and bars give life to the center, and restaurants lure patrons with fresh seafood displayed in the windows. As always in Galicia, the quality is very high.
Santiago de Compostela is a good starting point for excursions to the fabled “Costa de la Muerte” (Death Coast). This coastline is full of rugged, jutting rocks echoing with numerous hauntings of shipwrecks and those caught in its precarious, natural beauty.
Among the rocks at the “World’s End” are idyllic fishing villages and sunsets, said to be some of the most unreal on earth. Interesting small seaside towns have adapted to life on the jagged coast, and offer glimpses of the original Celtic culture and ancient fortifications.
La Coruña has rich history as an old fishing and commercial port on the Atlantic. The narrow roman streets, squares and medieval churches are captivating to all. The big aquarium and alluring science museum are certainly worth visiting. As the trip continues to the east, the coastline of the Rias Altas offers a number of picturesque monasteries, churches and medieval towns, a complete and unique experience in combination with the harsh natural harmony.
In the small fishing villages, restaurants invite patrons to sample the traditional cuisine of freshly caught seafood. Later, you will see one of Spain’s most spectacular beaches as well as one the most photographed locations throughout the Galician Coast.