Trip Reports Home | My Trip Reports | Create Trip Report | Recent Reports | Search Trip Reports

> SlowTrav > Trip Reports

Report 2014: Camino de Santiago

By Maria A from NJ, Summer 2012

Previous Page

Page 11 of 11: Three Days in Santiago

photo by

Botafumeiro swinging!

This was the fifth time we've been to the city, so we have seen most of the “must sees.” Of course, it doesn't matter how many times you visit, the Cathedral is the biggest draw. The next morning we went to Pilgrims’ Mass at noon. We had already seen the Botafumeiro hanging over the altar, so we were pretty much sure it would swing during mass. We got there about 11:15 and already the first four or five rows of the pews on the side were occupied. This is the best spot to seat to see the Botafumeiro swing. Actually, the left side pews is the best. So we took our seats and waited for Mass to start, in the meantime taking it all in. I don’t get tired of being inside this magnificent Cathedral. The swinging of the Botafumeiro takes place at the end of mass. It’s a great spectacle!

As mentioned above, we stayed at the Hotel Altair. Great service, modern rooms, super clean. Unfortunately, we had cigarette smoke coming into our room through the ducts. The following morning we reported it and were moved to another room, problem fixed. Breakfast was lovely, everything from fruit, fresh orange juice, tostadas, croissant, tarta de santiago, yogurt, etc. My only complaint about the hotel is that there is some traffic on the street next to it, and if you want to sleep with the windows open it could bother you. Even though they have air conditioning, there was no cold air coming out of it (probably because the temps outside at night were in the 50s). The problem is that if you close the windows it was somewhat stuffy.

Weather was not our friend those three days. It was cloudy, a bit rainy and much colder that I expected. However, if there’s a city that looks lovely when wet, that’s Santiago. Among what we did was visit the Mercado de Abastos, shopping for Sargadelos (ceramic), and walk around town. For dinner, we went to Bierzo Enxebre, La Bodeguilla de San Roque and Restaurante San Clemente. All were excellent, the latter the most expensive one, the other two very reasonable.

After dinner, we would always go to the Pazo de Raxoi, on the Plaza del Obradoiro, to watch the tuna singing under the arches, so much fun! And then, of course, just stare at the Cathedral bathed in light, with those imposing spires jutting against the dark sky.

I know I’ll find a way to get back to Santiago, I always do! I can’t really say enough about the experience of walking there. It’s not like it’s always a beautiful walk, as you sometimes walk next to roads and/or hear traffic zipping by. But that really doesn't detract from what happens in between and, of course, the destination! I highly recommend it!

¡Buen Camino to all!


Casa Pacios

Discuss this trip

Pazo de Sedor

Rectoral de Goian

Previous Page

Back to Top

Car Rental Hotel Booking Flight Booking Train Tickets Books, Maps, Events
Europe Cell Phones Long Distance Cards Luggage, etc. Travel Insurance Classifieds

* Advertise on Slow Travel | Post your travel questions on the Slow Travel Forums

Copyright © 2000 - 2014, unless noted otherwise. Slow Travel® is a registered trademark. Contact Slow Travel

RSS Feeds - Link to Us - Terms of Use - Privacy Policy - IB Cookie Policy - Currency Converter - Colophon - Sponsors - Become a Member
Home | Forums | Slow Travel? | Europe Trip Planning | Photos | Trip Reports | Search | About Us | Classifieds