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What to Do After Walking the Camino de Santiago?

 

I know I’ve said I don’t want to talk about the Camino trip so as not to jinx it. But it’s hard not to especially if some people are asking us if we can ‘drop by’ their side of Europe should the walk push through.  (Yes, I’m talking about you, D and S of Cornwall :) ).

So Hubby and I got to thinking about what we’d do after  (if ever) we finish our walk. After all, there’s no harm in visioning, right?

Since we’d be in the region anyway, one obvious option is to explore Galicia.  Of course, by then I’m sure we won’t have the energy to do any exploring on foot anymore! So the most practical and least tiring way to go around  would be to rent a car.  I’ve been told that it’s easy to get a car through car rental so at least that solves our problem. Once we’ve secured our ride (preferably a mini or compact car to save on gas) Hubby and I would be able to  enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of Galicia ala Gwyneth Paltrow and Mario Batali.

It seems that there are so many things to do in this beautiful Spanish region. But given our limited time  (3 days at the most), we would probably just do the following:

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Praza do Ferro in Ourense. Photo by Jose Luis Cernadas Iglesias

 

First, we can do a little wine tasting and tapas eating preferably in the Ribeira Sacra.  Aside from its natural wonders and important historical landmarks, the region is also well-known for its wine and delicious food.

 

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Polbo e empanada. Photo by Rod RC.

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Empanadas de diversos contenidos

 

Another interesting place is Axeitos, Ribeira where we can go and see the prehistoric anta or megaliths. More popularly known as Dolmen de Axeitos, these are Spanish Portal Tombs dating back to 3600 to 4000BC.

 

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Dolmen de Axeitos. Photo by Arturo Nikolai

 

If we find ourselves in A Coruña (also known as Coruuna) in June, we can participate in the Bonfires of Saint John or Noite de San Xoan. The celebration dates as far back as the Celtic period and was later Christianized as St. John’s Day Eve.  Hundreds of bonfires are set ablaze, lighting up the city like a gem in the night.

 

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Photo by J. Pereira

 

For our last stop, we can go see the Torre de Hércules, an ancient Roman lighthouse and a UNESCO World Heritage Monument. At 1,900 years old, it is the oldest lighthouse still in use today. There are a few myths that surround this lighthouse. And one of them involves the divine hero Hercules, after whom the lighthouse’s name was derived.

Through the millennia many mythical stories of its origin have been told. According to a myth that blends Celtic and Greco-Roman elements, the hero Hercules slew the giant tyrant Geryon after three days and three nights of continuous battle. Hercules then—in a Celtic gesture— buried the head of Geryon with his weapons and ordered that a city be built on the site. The lighthouse atop a skull and crossbones representing the buried head of Hercules’ slain enemy appears in the coat-of-arms of the city of Corunna. Source.

 

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Photo by Ramon Pineiro

 

Once we’ve had our fill of Galicia, we can then cross over to Cornwall in the UK to see Hubby’s sister D, her husband S and our little god daughter T.  But what to do in Cornwall?  Well that’s for another post.;)

 

*All photos are from Wikimedia Commons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  5 comments for “What to Do After Walking the Camino de Santiago?

  1. May 4, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Oh lots to do in Cornwall! =) You’ll never run out of posts to write about! We’ve got beaches, castles, loads of National Trust properties, dramatic landscapes, quaint fishing villages. There’s even a Tate gallery here – in St. Ives!

    Btw, Sarah now lives in BCN. I’m sure she’ll be happy to see both of you =)
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    • PinayTraveller
      May 6, 2013 at 9:35 am

      Wow, Inge! Sounds really interesting! And a Tate Gallery?! Maybe you should write a post about it! *wink, wink* Yeah, we should meet with Sarah! Pwede kayang maki-crash sa kaniya? hahaha

      • May 10, 2013 at 8:47 am

        Oh I’m sure you guys will be more than welcome to stay with her =)

        As for the Tate in St. Ives, the last time we visited was before T was born. We’ve been planning to visit again and if we do, would gladly write a post about it for Pinay Traveller =)

        Inge
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  2. July 24, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Pilgrims walking into Santiago and continuing to the sea might be interested to know that there is a place where they can rest, read, write, and in general get ready for the journey home. It is called The Little Fox House and it is the only Post Camino Retreat (ie. not an albergue) and my private home. I am the author of four books including Pilgrimage to Heresy and St James’ Rooster the first two novelos in the Camino Chronicles series. 3 – 5 days, all included, donativo. http://www.thelittlefoxhouse.com or see Foxy’s FB page…

    • PinayTraveller
      July 31, 2013 at 1:40 am

      Hi Tracy! I wish I had the time to go to your place last week when I was in SDC. Wishing you good luck on your retreat house! :)

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