SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Santiago de Compostela with your dog
Santiago de Compostela receives over 300,000 pilgrims and 2.6 million tourists every year, who are attracted to its majestic cathedral, its mysticism and fine wining and dining. Here we’ll give you some suggestions to help plan your visit with your pet.
RESTAURANTE CAFÉ DE ALTAMIRA
O CURRO DA PARRA
ABASTOS 2.0. TABERNA Y GHALPÓN
LA EMPANADILLA & CO
BAR SUSO Rúa do Vilar, 67. Santiago de Compostela.
BAR A NOVENA PORTA Rúa Cardeal Payá, 3. Santiago de Compostela.
CAFETERÍA CERVEXERÍA ABRENTE San Pedro de Mezonzo, 46. Santiago de Compostela.
ENTREPEDRAS Rúa Hospitaliño,18. Santiago de Compostela.
TO HAVE A COFFEE:
LUSCO & FUSCO BAKERY CAFÉ
TIENDA DE LA CATEDRAL DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
CONFITERÍA SAN ROQUE Y LAS COLONIAS. Rúa das Orfas, 30. Santiago de Compostela
HELADERÍA BICO DE XEADO
COLMADO. PRODUCTOS DELICATESSEN. Rúa Preguntoiro, 28. Santiago de Compostela (access with dog only to store area).
We visited Santiago de Compostela in June 2018. As soon as we arrived, my companion Pablo and I got a nice surprise: at the Parque de La Alameda, beside the old city, a poster informs visitors that we dogs are allowed to be let off the leash in a large area without the need to enter any fenced-off places! This landscaped areais extensive and includes what is known as Carballeira de Santa Susana, on a hilltop. The Alameda is a must-see, as it offers unbeatable views of Santiago’s cathedral. By the way, apart from the Alameda, the following parks also have areas set aside for we mutts: Belvís, Restollal, Pontepereda and Carlomagno (Fontiñas). The truth of the matter is that Santiago is noteworthy for the amount of green spaces and parks it has.
As for accommodation, we decided to stay at A Tafona Do Peregrino, a dog-friendly hotel in the centre beside the Abastoa market, Belvís park and Puerta del Camino. Rafa and all his team make you feel at home in this hotel, located in a palatial building made of stone that is typical of Santiago.
What’s more, just 50 metres from the hotel we discovered two wonderful places to eat where we dogs are welcome: the café Altamira restaurant (we mutts are allowed to be at the tables in the bar area and watch our human companions enjoying the fantastic food based on market produce) and Abastos 2.0, a bar outside the market with extra-modern Galician dishes and where everything is a surprise and delicious too. it’s much appreciated that, in a city where it rains so much, we dogs are able to find a place inside these establishments to be with with our human companions.
Being the good pilgrim that I am (I’ve already completed my particular route between Salamanca and Santiago!), I got a typical Compostela shell made as soon as I arrived in the city at the cathedral shop (Rúa do Vilar), where Marta and her colleagues showed me a lot of affection (we dogs can wander around the ground floor).
The truth of the matter is that we were very lucky with the rain in Santiago and were able to enjoy strolling around and seeing everything this magical city has to offer: the impressive Praza do Obradoiro, Praza das Praterías with its horse fountain, Rúa Nova and Rúa do Vilar (both arcaded in case it rains). The “coffee moment” happened in the garden of the Hotel Costa Vella. This is a charming spot where dogs are allowed to access tables both in the middle of the garden and on the covered terrace.
On our tour around we entered different shops like the traditional confectioner’s San Roque y Las Colonias, Colmado - which sells delicatessen products – and the natural ice-cream parlour Bico De Xeado. What’s more, many dog-friendly establishments sport a green-coloured sticker (an initiative promoted by the regional organisation So Lles Falta Falar /Club de Cans de Familia) rather like similar initiatives such as Dog Vivant and SrPerro.
Outside the historic area, we climbed up to take a stroll around the City of Culture and the great parks (lake included) that surround this work by Peter Eisenmann. Although we didn’t have time to go there, we were also recommend the Sarela riverside walk.
The bad news is that we didn’t find any tourist attractions open to us mutts, although we presume this will start to change.
COSTA DA MORTE AND OTHER ICONIC PLACES IN GALICIA
From Santiago de Compostela we headed for the Coast of Death (A Costa da Morte) and visited Finisterre (Fisterra), which the Romans thought to be the end of the world and where many pilgrims arrive to contemplate the final sunset on the Camino. I should point out that I ended up exhausted after chasing so many seagulls over the rocks, and even a drone – something I’d never seen before. The coast is beautiful and there are lots of footpaths.
Following a quick visit to the Tower of Hercules in A Coruña (a beautiful natural area where you can go on endless walks), we slept in Mondoñedo, on the way to Playa de las Catedrales. I should remind you that this incredible beach can be accessed us by we dogs, but outside the summer holiday period (all year, except from May to September and Easter). By the way, this coastal area is accessible by train thanks to the service that Renfe and Feve jointly provide on the Ferrol-Ribadeo line, which allows dogs.
There is a sandy spot in the area (Punta Corveira) for dogs which can be accessed year round, although we didn’t go there because it wouldn’t stop raining. The worst thing about this beach is that it’s difficult to access (it’s beneath a cliff). More information about this and other dog-friendly beaches can be found on the Red Canina website.