Santiago, the small Galician capital, is a tourist destination that few competitors can match in terms of variety, life and tourist quality. From its cultural and natural resources to its rich gastronomy and ancestral traditions, Santiago has managed to be one of the tourist destinations best valued by its visitors. Not in vain, Galicia is the fourth autonomous community with the highest number of Q’s for tourist quality. More specifically, Santiago has twenty establishments awarded with this recognition. In addition, one hundred and fifty-nine have received the Tourist Quality Commitment award. And this is the summary of the success of this destination, the high quality with an offer increasingly varied to satisfy any type of tourist.
The historical quality
As the main cultural resource, Santiago undoubtedly offers its monumental Romanesque cathedral (with subsequent Baroque reforms) visited every year by thousands of pilgrims who travel all the variants of its spectacular road. The old town offers a multitude of historic buildings surrounded by streets that take us back in history to past times. All this in a space easy to travel, at pleasant distances that allow us to walk through its historic streets and delight us with every detail.
Gastronomy. Its Quality and Quantity.
Its gastronomy is an exquisite attraction for every traveler who passes through the city. The proximity to the Atlantic coast means that this destination has a wide range of seafood and fresh fish of the highest quality. The seafood can be tasted cooked, grilled, in delicious Galician empanadas, rice dishes and in many other ways. Preferably these dishes are accompanied by a local Albariño in emblematic restaurants such as El Mercadito.
The tasty and tender Galician-style octopus cannot be missed in any gastronomic tasting, so popular and widespread throughout the Spanish geography but rarely comparable to that prepared in Santiago and, more specifically, in the pulpería Fuentes, modest in its facilities but highly valued by the local people and often overlooked by tourists. Special attention should also be paid to the delicious cheeses that come to Santiago from nearby towns, including the San Simón cheese, the tetilla cheese and the aforementioned Arzúa cheese-Ulloa. As a cherry on the cake, we can not fail to taste the delicious Santiago cake made with almonds, eggs, sugar, butter and cinnamon. The best allies will be Galician liqueurs and pomace. These are some of the highest quality sites in Santiago.
Santiago’s natural environment is another treasure to explore. The proximity to the rivers Ulla and Tambre, its irregular relief and the proximity to the coast, place it in the centre for the practice of diverse activities such as diving, thermalism, river descent, fishing and much more.
As far as hotel infrastructure is concerned, Santiago has more than 120 hotel establishments. Among them are the small charming hotels of the old town or the new hotels built by renowned hotel chains. The city is well connected by highways that connect with all the provincial capitals and newly built secondary roads to visit nearby towns. The city has an efficient service of urban and inter-municipal buses, cabs, train station and airport.
Finally, the offer in tourist services will always be available for the tourist. In the city there are numerous associations of guides that make our stay in Santiago not only monumental, but also more meaningful. There are also companies dedicated to the development of routes through nature and development of a multitude of outdoor activities. They complete the wide offer of a destination envied by its competitors.