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Real Food Adventure - Galicia Itinerary
Explore Galicia’s Santiago de Compostela and Allariz and discover the traditions, culture and culinary prowess of Spain’s delightful northwest corner.
Day 1 Santiago de Compostela
As the capital of the autonomous community of Galicia, Santiago de Compostela is famed for its incredible Old Town and for being the end of the Way of St James pilgrimage (Camino de Santiago de Compostela). It’s also got a pretty wicked food scene so for those interested in history, awe-inspiring architecture and incredible cuisine, this city will tick all the boxes. After meeting at the hotel, choose to explore Rue da Raina and Rua Franco, which are host to numerous traditional taverns and restaurants serving the best of Galician cuisine. Explore a number of them, all still with the original cast-iron signs shining under streetlights, and eat delectable tapas and taste local wines served in traditional ceramic bowls.
Day 2 Allariz
Perhaps breakfast in one of Santiago de Compostela’s oldest cafes before wandering through the heart of the World Heritage-listed Old Town, checking out the divine selection of cheese shops, cake shops and an ultramarinos – a store dedicated to the finest Galician produce. Make sure to taste torta de Santiago (almond tart with raspberry jam) or bica gallega (traditional sponge cake). Explore the striking Santiago Cathedral, the reputed burial place of Saint James, one of Jesus’s apostles, then end up at the impressive Mercado De Abastos and purchase fresh, local produce that a chef will then cook up into a lunchtime feast at his charming market bar. Make tracks to the bus station and jump on a bus bound for Allariz, a beautiful village nestled on the banks of the Arnoia River. Settle in and then mosey on down to the town centre, its origins in the 12th century, for a glass of wine before dinner. Tonight is a treat of traditional Galician dishes served at a friendly local restaurant.
Day 3 Allariz
Take a walking tour of Allariz to see stunning historical sights like Santa Clara Monastery and the old city walls, and search out the best cafes, produce stores and shops in town. Then, sit down to a traditional lunch of cocido, a chickpea stew with vegetables and pork. Choose to visit a local distillery to nibble on pastries and taste Zirall, the region’s traditional liquor. Enjoy a free afternoon at leisure before meeting for a tantalising cheese and wine evening. Taste all the local flavours of cheese, which are matched beautifully with Galician wines.
Day 4 Allariz
Embark on a wonderful day touring the nearby countryside, seeking out traditional food producers and seeing production methods that have been used for many centuries. Discover how an historic water mill grinds grain, witness an old-school smoking shed where chorizo and hams hang from the rafters and encounter a community oven that is large enough to bake bread for the entire village – perhaps making some loaves with the rest of the locals. Enjoy a cooking class and be shown how to make tasty regional dishes and wash it down with local wines. Visit a much-lauded ethnographic museum before heading back to Allariz. Have an optional dinner at one of Allariz’s most renowned restaurants, which is located in a beautiful old building and has a to-die-for menu. Savour this final meal of Galician wine and food with new friends.
Day 5 Allariz
This delightful Bite-size Break in Galicia ends this morning. Choose to see more of the region or take the bus back to Santiago de Compostela.
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