Santiago de Compostela Food and Wine Tours

Discover the rich bounty of Spain´s seafood capital

For the hundreds of thousands of Camino de Santiago pilgrims arriving to Santiago de Compostela annually, the city represents more than just Galicia´s capital. It is their ultimate goal. Rumored burial site of the apostle St. James, Santiago attracts many with its rich history and religious traditions. Explore the magnificent Cathedral, Quintana Square and buzzing Franco street. Visit the century-old Mercado de Abastos, with dozens of family businesses specializing in local products. Galician cuisine is famous for valuing the quality of raw ingredients over recipes and cooking techniques. Each bite will offer a mouthful of the region´s lush terroir. 

The #1 food associated with Santiago de Compostela? Octopus. Galicia´s 1,500 km shoreline and traditional fishing economy ensure that fresh seafood is never in short supply in Santiago´s pulperías (octopus restaurants). Sliced octopus with paprika (pulpo á feira) can be found all over town, along with oysters, crabs, barnacles, shrimps, clams and scallops (symbolic of the Camino). Galicia´s rich landscape produces four varieties of cow´s-milk cheese with Protected Designation of Origin (PDO). Most popular is the buttery Tetilla, shaped like a woman´s bosom. Pairing perfectly with seafood and cheese is Albariño, a crisp white wine from Rias Baixas, most famous of Galicia´s five denominated wine regions (DO´s). Other must-try´s include empanadas gallegas (flaky tuna or meat pies), lacón con grellos (ham hock with turnip greens), and cocido gallego (sausage and bean soup). And for dessert: a shot of orujo brandy with Tarta de Santiago, a moist almond cake decorated with St. James´s Cross.

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