Famous for the shrine of Saint James the Great, Santiago de Compostela is one of the most ancient cities in Spain and attracts thousands of pilgrims every year. The city is also famous for the grandiose architecture of its many buildings, cathedrals and the likes. However, if you can squeeze out some time from visiting all the saintly places of the city, we strongly recommend that you go for a little sojourn to the Mercado de Abastos, the roofed central market of the city. The market has been functioning at the same location for over 300 years! However, the current building with its high windows, long arches, stone walls and its overall Romanesque church-like appearance was built back in 1941 and it splendidly matches the rest of the city's architecture, too.
Once inside the market, you'll be able to get a feel of the everyday life of the city (it's not all about saints and shrines!). There are both temporary and permanent stalls in the market. The former are mostly located in and around the entrance, selling mostly fruits and vegetables but also occasional snacks. The permanent shops, on the other hand, are lined along the central aisle and there you'll find cured fish and meat, local cheese and a large variety of the freshest seafood from the Atlantic.Places nearby:
Catedral de Santiago: Pilgrims' Destination 0 km / 0 mi
Roman Walls at Lugo: The Best Preserved In Europe 101 km / 63 mi
Guimaraes Castle: A Symbol of Portugal's Birth 161 km / 100 mi
Los Templarios Castle: Activities throughout the Year 163 km / 101 mi
Cafe Majestic: Belle Epoque Dining At Its Best 192 km / 119 mi