Pre and post the Raid Gallaecia race, we darted around to taste just a bit of what the region has to offer.
If you want history, I included Wikipedia links as I’m not going to pretend I remember all the history myself! Here below are some pictures and my thoughts/comments.
We happened upon this ancient city when choosing a place to stay on the way to the race.
Find in this charming city a really well preserved 1st/2nd Century Roman aqueduct still at 1° slope surrounded by the walled town and well preserved fort.
Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso (Segovia)
In a town that looks like everyone has disappeared but cleaned up behind them, you will find a palace they call “Mini Versailles” a hunting palace of King Philip V. The gardens alone require at least an hours to get around if you’re into walking and fauna (it’s that impressive even a non-nature lover would be captivated).
Santiago de Compostela
The famous and possibly emotional town for many, marks the end of the road for many pilgrims who have finished the journey of a lifetime – this place is certainly humming with life and things to see/do.
Having seen a bit of some of the route (it would appear there are many routes- another story) it is perhaps less than ‘romantic’ as the mind suggests/once was, with some very ordinary highway kms between.
I called this place “Spain’s answer to Cinque Terre”. I’d seen some pictures in a regional brochure and thought it looked amazing. Lived up to every expectation.
Now here’s a living breathing town with life and a sense of something happening. People spill out onto the streets in cafes, bars and restaurants enjoying the outdoors. You really feel like you’re a part of a buzzing hub… It is a student town after all.
Looking for a detour to sneak another town before flying out, we headed just West of Madrid to the walled city of Ávila. If Spain is broke, it’s because they put 10/10 into making their country look amazing. This is another stunning town that is well preserved and beautiful.