CASA GRANDE DE SOUTULLO

Soutullo de Abaixo, + 988 20 56 11

An eclectic and elegant 18th century manor located at the gateway of some Spain's steepest vineyards (Ribeira Sacra). Minutes from the semi-bustling city of Ourense. 

 

BOATING DOWN THE MIÑO OR SIL RIVERS

Seeing vineyards like this from the river is like being in another world, a dreamworld where gravity ceases to exist. On some trips, you'll be able to buy a few local products at the water's edge (ie: pollen from Galicia, honey, etc.). 

 

PULPERÍA EZEQUIEL

Rúa Cantón San Roque 48, Melida (A Coruña)

A raucous dining hall that serves one thing: pulpo (octopus). Close your eyes, smell, and listen... You're back in 1950 and no Delorean needed. Open at 9am for your eight-legged craving needs. 

 

LA CATEDRAL DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Praza do Obradoiro, Santiago de Compostela (A Coruña)

Built in the 13th century, this has been a pilgrimage site since the Middle Ages. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims make this voyage across northern Spain every year and although you may not be Catholic, the feeling of this cathedral from within is astoundingly serene. 

 

DRINK ORUJO

Do I look like I'm hurting? Your answer should be yes. I just had the strongest meal of my life (read: rich & large) & my Spanish mother-in-law to my right said, "Nosotras podemos tomar el orujo como los hombres Galegos! ("Us women can drink orujo just like Galician men!"). She wasn't kidding. Orujo is consumed all over Spain, but is a specialty in Galicia. It's the Spanish rendition of Italian Grappa and you can sip refined stuff or the jet fuel version. Either way, it'll cure what ails the tum-tum. De hierbas (with herbs) & café (coffee) styles usually have additives of many kinds (as an FYI). On occasion one can encounter artisanal bottlings.

 

O XA CHEGOU

Agalia de Abaixo 27, Santiago de Compostela (A Coruña)

Trad Galician cooking that requires wine or Estrella Galicia w/ and orujo afterward. Caldo Galego is a favorite during cooler months. Eat amongst locals in this bustling & unassuming comedor.