Cerveceria Rua Bella, Santiago (2014)

As long as we’re on the subject of food in Santiago de Compostela, let’s stop in to Cerveceria Rua Bella.

Cerveceria Rua Bella in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Cerveceria Rua Bella in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

You can sit outside in the front or back, as well as inside:

The bar at Cerveceria Rua Bella, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

The bar at Cerveceria Rua Bella, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

They serve all your favorite dishes here including this ensalada italiana as they call it:

Ensalada italiana at Cerveceria Rua Bella, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Ensalada italiana at Cerveceria Rua Bella, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

That salad was big enough to share and share we did. And if you like chipirones, check this plate out:

Chipirones, beer, and salad at Cerveceria Rua Bella, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Chipirones, beer, and salad at Cerveceria Rua Bella, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

There was also a nice dish of sausages cooked in wine that you see next:

Sausages cooked in wine at Cerveceria Rua Bella, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Sausages cooked in wine at Cerveceria Rua Bella, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Of course, we must have the local desert, Santiago cake with an ice-cold Coca-Cola.

Desert at Cerveceria Rua Bella, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Desert at Cerveceria Rua Bella, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

What a great meal, served by friendly people, and enjoyed to the max. Another example of Spanish local flavor that you can enjoy in this famous city. Try as many as you can.

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Antollos, Santiago de Compostela (June 2014)

For pinxtos, tapas, and vinos in Santiago de Compostela, Antollos is the place! This is a relatively small joint, usually jammed with locals and a few tourists on the road to Santiago or just food lovers like me. And here’s the reason why:

Tapas at Antollor, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Tapas at Antollor, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

On those two plates you have a variety that is both delicious and creative. There is the tortilla espaƱola on the left with a typical bocadillo, but also an empanada. On the right you have various fish concoctions as well as another tortilla. But there’s more such as this pair:

More tapas at Antollos, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

More tapas at Antollos, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

And there was even more, but I was too busy eating to take photos. The guys behind the counter will wander the floor, bringing out fresh, hot items for you to try with the ones you already selected. Of course, there’s plenty of wine to be had. Take your time, enjoy it all!

Cathedral of Sanitago de Compostela, Spain

The Road to Santiago is a pilgrimage made famous in the middle ages, and it continues to this day. You’ll see pilgrims and tourists walking, riding bicycles, or driving the route from one beginning or another. They all end at the Cathedral of Sanitago de Compostela.

Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, June 2014.

Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, June 2014.

During my visit, there was considerable restoration work going on including what you see above on the facade. However, this did not detract from the experience. Inside, you’ll find magnificent sights including the many chapels such as this one:

Chapel within the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Chapel within the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

As well as this one to show just a couple examples:

Chapel in Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Chapel in Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

In these chapels you often find services held in individual languages. Remember this is a destination for people from all over the world. You can also pass by the many reliquaries.

Reliquary at Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Reliquary at Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

And I highly recommend staying for mass and watching the swinging of the botafumiero, which is something you won’t see in many cathedrals.

The botafumiero at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

The botafumiero at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

The music as part of the service is wonderful and very uplifting, much of it played on the pipe organ you see in the next photo.

Pipe organ at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Pipe organ at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

While the Cathedral at Santiago de Compostela may not be the largest, it is among the most important and worth your time to visit in this part of Spain. As always, be respectful while touring such places of worship.