Given our objective for this trip, it’s not so surprising (I hope) that this post will fleetingly describe our visits to Tui, Santiago de Compostela, Foz and Gijón.
The city of Tui sits on the Miño river inland from A Guarda. It was on my list of possibilities when looking to settle here in Galicia. We were not disappointed. With a population of around 17,000, the town is dominated by its hilltop Castle Cathedral and its status as one of the many stopping points from Portugal on the Pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela (Camiño de Santiago). Small enough to handle, large enough to have things going on.
The old city with its stone built houses and a partially preserved medieval wall, has lovely winding streets and alleys with shops, cafés and restaurants.
The city is connected to Valença just across the river by an old bridge which we walked across and a modern bridge that handles the much larger traffic. So we did visit Portugal and have the pictorial evidence to prove it!!
Santiago de Compostela
Well we couldn’t leave Galicia without visiting its capital and its status as the alleged burial place of the Apostle Saint James. Whether it’s true or not, the claim makes Santiago a centre for Pilgrimage, drawing pilgrims (obviously) and tourists from all over the world. It was remarkably quiet when we visited which was nice. After getting some suggestions of what to see from the tourist information place, our first stop was the large indoor/outdoor market.
What I particularly liked was the number of informal stalls of women selling a smattering of vegetables taken (presumably) from their gardens plus a bucket full of eggs….
We stopped for coffee and Tarta de Santiago at this lovely café….
The Cathedral and surrounding buildings were amazing from the outside even though there is a lot of restoration work going on. Inside the Cathedral was a huge disappointment with scaffolding and plastic sheets covering everything leaving only the Altar uncovered. I know these things need to be done, but…..
Wandering around the old city crammed with religious buildings and winding streets….
A pretty city, glad we visited, don’t feel the need to visit again.
After Santiago we headed north to the coast and stopped for the night at a pretty village called Foz. For us, the highlight had to be watching a lone bather (playing??) in the surf. Rather her than me!
The following day we moved on to our next overnight stop – Gijón in Asturias. We arrived at lunchtime so after a bite to eat we walked into town. I don’t know much about the city other than it’s the largest in Asturias. We certainly were overwhelmed by the huge tall blocks of flats in the modern city that we walked through to get back to our campsite, but the old centre had its charm.
From Gijón we travelled to Cóbreces to the site we stopped at on our way over to Galicia, before we head off again on the last leg of our journey to France. We took a walk to another cove (with my camera phone this time). The sea crashing into the cliffs was spectacular, we really could feel we were in the middle of nowhere. Especially as a creek running into the sea had an abandoned house and mill overlooking the expanse that is the Bay of Biscay.
So with only one more overnight stop in Spain before we’re in France. I’ll catch up with you then 😘