The historical center of Santiago has great monuments that reflect its richness and the settlement of important people with great influence and power.
The main axis is around the Cathedral, a building that was begun in 1075 over the remains that Almanzor left and finished in 1128, with sculptures by Mateo.
The architectural complex that is formed by the Cathedal with its eclectic facades, the Plaza de Obradoiro with the buildings of the ancient hospital for pilgrims, the university, the archiepiscopal palace, the city hall and the Quintana square is considered to be one of the most beautiful complexes in the world.
The Obradoiro facade was made by Casas Novoa in 1740, baroque style, like the Azabachería one, made by Ferro Caaveiro and Fernández Sarela, modified by Ventura Rodríguez.
No less beautiful is the Platerías, made by Mateo in 1103 and, above all, the Pórtico de la Gloria, a masterpiece of Romanesque sculpture concluded by Mateo in 1188, a second facade behind the Obradoiro one, that protects it from the rain and humid weather of Santiago.
The Tower of Hercules is a Roman Lighthouse and UNESCO World Heritage Site in A Coruña, Spain. For history and architecture lovers, the structure itself is impressive, but for the rest of you, here's my recommendation: take the boardwalk path that circles the main beach and bay in A Coruña to the tower. It's gorgeous, with the fog, wildflowers, and little hidden beaches. When you get to the tower, skip the info center at the bottom and head straight for the top. The views are absolutely incredible and give you a birds-eye view of the massive compass and sculpture park. Perfect plan for a romantic morning: bundle up good against A Coruña's infamous weather, stroll along the bay and grab a coffee, then make your way to the tower.
One of the most beautiful places I've ever been, I must say I really enjoyed the road to Santiago, which I travelled along for 7 days, and the day I arrived was very special. I encourage you to visit it. CATHEDRAL EXCELLENT INSIDE AND OUT, facade of the Obradoiro Square. You can see St. James and in the tower on the right is Mary Salome. The tower on the left you can see the Zebedee. To the left, on the balustrade Santa Susana and San Juan can be seen. To the right, on the rail to Santa Barbara and James the Menor. Disciples.
This Parador is considered, along with the Parador de San Marcos (León), as one of the gems of the Paradores network. Without a doubt, both sites are definitely worth a visit at least once in your life. This building is located in one of the most symbolic places in Spain (and Europe), the Plaza del Obradoiro, it conforms with the cathedral and the university ... It deserves to be honoured in it's setting; no wonder it was built by Ferdinand as a pilgrim hospital (1499). For those ve do not want to go as a pilgrim and have the pleasure of staying for lunch / dinner...Here you have all the necessary information:
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These magical forests, declared natural park in the nineties, are the result of the equilibrium between the natural evolution and the mainteinance of the ground’s characteristics, the climate and orientation. They form the largest and most representative atlantic forest and they inspired “El bosque animado” by Wenceslao Fernández Florez.
The Eume River, that has its source in the Serra do Xistral (Lugo) in the backbone of the park. The guides explained to us that, a long time ago, Galicia used to be covered by “fragas”. They are mixed forests, mainly with oak trees, but where you can also find maple trees, birch trees and holly trees. Its main threat is the eucalyptus tree plantations, which slowly displace the fragas.
A very important factor of the fraga is that it joins various species that resisted the glaciations thanks to the ground’s orography. For example, the laurel is specie that is very resistant. It remained as a relict of the time of the Pangaea, where there existed only one continent that slowly separated.
Another example is the fern, contemporary to the dinosaurs. This plant has no flowers, so it hasn’t received a lot of importance in decoration. But it reveals a special beauty in the humid brightness of the spaces where it is found.
While walking through the park, you can see the remains of mills and old constructions used to the preservation of chestnuts because, before the potato was brought form America, it used to be the basic food of the people in Galicia.
Extraordinary beach that's clean with clear blue waters. You can surf, swim, or collect shells on the shore. The sand is very special, It's so shiny. On the rocks and barnacles and small mussels there. No crowds and the ideal temperature 25 ° C. You will enjoy seeing the many seagulls fly ...
Made a few years ago by Manolo Paz this tower represents Celtic culture, as far as Galicia, with dolmens and stones with ritual symbolism throughout the territory. Definitely a place to enjoy at any point throughout the year.
This central square in A Coruña is dedicated to the heroine Maria Pita. It was built in the mid-19th century and is home to the City Council. It forms a large rectangle of more than 10,000 square meters, and one of the facades is the Municipal Palace, while the rest of the facades are aligned porticoes, under which there are several places for eating and drinking.
My name is David and I am going to show you all a really amazing part of A Coruña. The first time I visited it I was stunned with its views of the sea and the city. It is a really special place to spend summer evenings with your partner and your family. If you get the chance, go! Players of the national soccer team went to visit it and were surprised by its spectacular views.
The perfect place for a long walk (but wrap up warmly as there can often be a cold wind) is in Crystal City along the promenade. It surrounds La Coruña's beaches, rocks, white galleries, classic buildings, cliffs and fields. It connects the harbour with the Hercules Tower, Castle of San Anton, the Domus (or man's house). It serves to summarise the history of La Coruña: From the Romans to the very latest graffiti and surfing. It has a wide pavement for pedestrians to wander, a bicycle path, the controversial tram and, of course, the road for cars. When built it was the longest promenade in Europe (about 10 km) and people were very surprised by its red lanterns (which like most things, it had as many enthusiastic supporters as detractors).
The Castro de Baroña is a primitive settlement that dates back to the 1st Century BC to the 1st Century AD. It is located in Baroña, municipality of Porto do Son in La Coruña. It is considered to be one of the best kept forts in Galicia, next to the ones in Monte Santa Tecla (A Guarda) and they are next to the sea over a small peninsula, contrary to the ones of Citania de Santa Tegra located in the mount with the same name in the municipality of A Guarda (Pontevedra).
It is believed that the town of Baroña was self-sufficient, inside the fort there is no water, so they must have had to look for it outside They think that the food was based on the sea: seafood and fish. There are metallurgy remains, stone and textiles.
In my opinion, it is worth a visit. It is a great viewpoint and in the summer you can take advantage of the beach, with its clear blue waters.
The Market of Abastos of Santiago, designed by architect Joaquin Vaquero Palacios, was built in 1941 where the City Market used to be and is undoubtedly one of the city's liveliest places. With a spectacular setting, people come from many parts of Galicia to sell their products like potatoes, cheeses, liqueurs, Padrón peppers, etc. According to many guidebooks, this market is one of the five largest in Spain and the second most visited in the Galician capital. Something that is odd is to refer to a city full of art treasures, culture and tourism. In the market cafe, you can eat anything you bought plaza: clams, prawns or squid. The price? Ten percent of the purchase amount. The charm of this market never ends, the stone, the peasants, the smell, the colours.
We had just arrived to the city and, after spending several hours walking around Santiago, before returning to the hotel as we had thought to just sit and relax, when a Galician friend encouraged us to visit the Alameda Park. It's really beautiful! And if you go at sunset, you'll love the views of the cathedral. Full of sculptures, this huge park focuses on students on full "kit-kat" athletes, that practice jogging or even nature loving tourists. If you go to Santiago try to spend at least a few minutes here.
Certainly Platerías Square is busiest around Santiago, I would say that more than the Obradoiro, one is famous and the other just supports the village. The place is so called because in ancient times it's where the goldsmiths went to sell their silver, even today there is a beach shop and jetti with interesting prices. In the middle of the square there's the fountain of horses from the 19th century but certainly the fame of the square is because it is accessed from the side of its south facade, the only Romanesque cathedral.
The City of Culture, while unfinished, has several buildings open to the public. You can take a free tour which will explain a little about the project. For more information, look online at www.cidadedacultura.org to see more information about the temporary exhibits. Overall, we enjoyed out experience.