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Food Romance: Culinary Delights in Galicia from Vigo to Santiago de Compostela
Romaticising: Oh ain’t it beautiful. And Galicia has it all: Breathtaking coastal landscapes. Deep blue sea. Turquoise sandy bays. Beautiful summer sunshine. Happy people. And then the cuisine … Seafood. Cheese. Wine. Paella. Tortilla. Dear heart, WHAT else is it you want right now!?
(Eating. Perhaps.) Enjoy !!
Digging in in Galicia: We enjoy a typical Galician cheese platter in the cultural capital & pilgrimage city Santiago de Compostela.
Home-made “Empanadas Gallegas” (Galician empanadas with dark rye bread) are simply divine … filled with juicy tuna, as in this case.
Or do you prefer a more classic dish? Paella right by the beach it is, then …
All the reasons to smile: Beautiful “pulpo gallego” with spices and olive oil, another truly divine dish. Only a little while, this creature was still looking …
… more like this! aaaah 🙂 Very tasty, though. I swear!
My friend Sandra Touza, founder & manager of the Creative Tourism Network in Galicia, “Ponle Cara Al Turismo“, shows me “her” Vigo and Santiago de Compostela in less than three days’ visit. Beautiful!
Culinary Adventure Trips in Vigo, the largest (port) city of Galicia
The best thing about talking a walk in the port city Vigo, located right by the Atlantic Sea with its mesmerizing views out over the open ocean dotted with cruise ships, is the fact that you will always end up in great (tapas) bars. There literally is no way round them here. A trip to Vigo has to be about food and culture, no matter if it is a beer or a coffee you order sampling one of the city’s typical tapas delights, a more classic wine tasting you are looking for or indeed a cheese workshop right in the old town. Er, cheese workshops? My travel video will show you what the creative culinary networks in Galicia have to offer … check it out!
Vigo offers countless charming Plazas, such as this one in the heart of the old town, el Casco Bello.
It is not only modern shopping centres you find here: “Casas Celtas”, traces of the first settlers in Vigo many thousand years ago.
And always, the views out into the open … dreaming away … romanticising !
Just checking with the lady next doors: She is offering us typical seafood “centollos” here.
For lunch, we check out famous local tapas bar Pintxeito in the heart of the old town in Vigo.
This pulpo with fresh Spanish olive oil and herbs may very well be the best I ever ate … so far. anyway. In Vigo !!
Vigo and the surroundings truly cater to postcard imagery … A dream come true. Very romantic indeed! 😉
“Shoppilgrim” & further food romances: A day trip to Santiago de Compostela
The great pilgrim destination of Santiago de Compostela. My visit has been much too short in order to tell you in full about this unique pilgrimage site. However, I can share with you that as a “shoppilgrim” and a gourmet food lover, you will be equally well received here. Next time, however, I do plan arriving by walking here. And perhaps indulge in less of a food romance. Will this ever happen, I wonder … ? Stay tuned!
Before arriving in Santiago de Compostela, we first enjoy freshly roasted capsicum with spices and herbs marinated in olive oil … divine.
Navajas … Thanks to my delightful tasting workshop at the fish and seafood factory of Luis Escoris Batalla, I now know how to fully appreciate this delicacy. Lovely!
The girls: Sharing a mutual passion for creative culinary travel adventures with Sandra Touza from Galicia.
Having arrived in Santiago de Compostela, we spend a good hour in & around the famous cathedral in town, before we are drawn to more shopping and gourmet temples around the old city … 😉
Travel, culture & food: This is exactly what I like. Keep enjoying it with me, dear readers! 😀
Elena writes about creative destinations, shares her personal travel stories and brings inspiring photography & interesting news updates home to you.
Her mission is: "Continue to be amazed at this world, one creative travel experience at a time."
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Thank you for your comment on my blog! I had wonderful experiences in Galicia and would certainly recommend travelling there, loved the cities a great deal, too plus the surrounding landscape caters to many tastes. Enjoy browsing through more of my travels in Spain: http://www.creativelena.com/en/travel-blog/spain
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