The Camino de Santiago is an indefinable sensation. Among our firmest beliefs we say “The Way is not done, it is lived”. For some it is a challenge, a disconnection for others, and even a gastronomic journey for many. This is because at the end of the road we are always accompanied by an aperitif. A taste of the local gastronomy that seems to make every mile and blister worthwhile. Among them, there is one of our favorites. A Garnacha.
It is during the daily hikes that everyone sees themselves enjoying themselves, but the experience is not limited only to the trails and our steps. It is at each stop and at the end of each stage, when more ties are created with our fellow travelers, one of the greatest treasures of this adventure. Of course, all this takes place in magical places where Galician gastronomy also becomes an indispensable attraction that accompanies us from the beginning to our arrival in Santiago.
One stop between stops
It is half way between Palas de Rei and Arzúa, where we direct our attention today. And it is in the pulpería A Garnacha where we most enjoy this and other delicacies from Galician lands. A Garnacha has become an unavoidable meeting point as we pass through Melide, with very large facilities to welcome all the pilgrims who pass through this point. It’s not us who say it, it’s the 400 kilos of octopus that are served daily at their tables, the ones that speak for themselves. Its most popular recipe is the octopus “á feira“, the most famous outside these lands.
So much so that it is under the name of octopus “a la gallega” as it is known in the rest of Spain. In addition to this delicacy, other exquisite dishes are served, typical Galician, such as the Galician broth, meat or caldeiro, or the ear to garnacha among others. To complete the meal, delicious homemade desserts are prepared, which can be topped off with a shot of herbal liqueur to help with digestion.
The success enjoyed by A Garnacha is surprising when we consider that the owner belongs to the third generation of a family of pulpeiros. Their secret is no more (and no less) than to serve top quality products, cooked with the utmost care and served by a charming staff. Since 2005, A Garnacha has not stopped growing and it makes you feel at home. There’s no better reason or pleasure to make a stop along the way.
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