Santiago de Compostela has been for years just the destination of one of the most ancient pilgrimage of history, but today the city is living a period of intense cultural renaissance and become the perfect place where to spend a week end between art, history and great food.
While until the recent past Santiago was known just for the pilgrimage that from San Jaques Pied de Port (France), trough 800 km, drove the pilgrims to the redemption of their sins, today the number of tourists that come here just to spend few days visiting the city and his surroundings has increased quite much. Indeed the city center is a UNESCO site and its historical heritage cohabits perfectly with its new contemporary leap.
In 2013 the Cidade da cultura de Galicia was inaugurated; the project took almost 10 years to be realized, but now, with 141.800 square meters, it’s one of the biggest cultural and exhibition center in Europe, with a huge library, a museum, and a theatre. Another destination for contemporary art and architecture lovers is the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, museum with a huge permanent collection of modern and contemporary Galician and Spanish art and with a deep seasonal program of exhibitions. The city itself is gorgeous, with its majestic cathedral, and during the last decade the city center has been completely restored so now it’s possible to admire the old buildings and the churches in their entire splendor.
The holy atmosphere of the city, where the St. James way, after 800 km, ends up is broken from wineries and noisy bars for the student of the university (one of the biggest in Spain with 42.000 enrolled students) that make party and confusion in the roads of the center. And it’s not rare to see some pilgrims to join them in order to celebrate the achieved goal in a proper way.
The Italian Eye offers a complete guide to this city between the eclecticism of its wanders, the places where to have the delicious Galician specialties and bars and club where to party as only Spanish can do!