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jnwork Feb 24, 2009 10:29 AM

everybody talks about Barcelona or Madrid, or Sevilla, but there are a lot of lovely places, diferent from the "tipycal spanish vision" I live in Lugo, a small city of Galicia, in the North of Spain. It is very similar to Ireland: green and quiet, with lovely places and great food. If you are interested and need help, please ask me.

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  1. Delucacheesemonger Mar 1, 2009 01:19 PM

    Was in Galicia for about three weeks in 2003, Along with Asturias and Aragon thought was wonderful part of Spain and intend returning. l seemed to like the northern tier better than the south and along with Extremadura was blown away. The octopus, the tazo,, everything. Passed through your town, but spent very little time there, knew no one there. maybe the next time.

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      jqnardo Mar 14, 2009 08:28 AM

      I'll be traveling to Galicia soon, and plan to spend a day in Lugo. I'll also be spending several days in both A Coruña and Santiago de Compostela. I'd appreciate any recommendations that you have, restaurants or otherwise!

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        jnwork Mar 14, 2009 01:56 PM

        hi! if you need information about Lugo, you can find photos and more at www.concellodelugo.org, and www.turgalicia.com. The best places to sleep are in "casas de turismo rural" That means old tipycal houses that have been restored in the country. Here in Lugo you have 2 or 3 romantic: "pazo de orban" (www.pazodeorban.es) that is a old pazo right in the centre. Maybe this is the best place to stay because is near restaurants and typical bars. Here tradition requires to drink something at the old town, and you will be served a free tapa. If you go to one, you will get one tapa, 2 means two free tapas....here everybody does. If you want to have dinner, you have the typical "bodegas" and for us the best place to eat good "jamon serrano" and cheese, and good wines is "Adega San Vicente".Otherwise, the best restaurants in Lugo are: España (www.restespana.com), Campos (good fish and seafood)...
        SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA: you will find a lot of hotels, but our recommendation is "Virxe da Cerca" or AC PALACIO DEL CARMEN. Santiago is a beatiful city.
        CORUÑA: To stay AC CORUÑA or EUROSTARS CORUÑA. The coastline is beatiful. Sada is a small village near Coruña, to go for a walk and have dinner. I recomend: MUIÑO DE TRIGO (WWW.restaurantemuinodetrigo.com)its about 20 minutes driving from Coruña. A ESTACION DE CAMBRE, about 10 minutes driving, one of the best places to enjoy the new galician kitchen. But right in the city you can go to "restaurante Artabria" or "Adega o Bebedeiro" (typical old "adega").If you leave me your mail i will send you more information about places and thing to do.

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        Shep Huntleigh Apr 28, 2009 11:04 AM

        Hola, jnwork,
        Thank you for your posting on Galicia. I will be in Santiago de Compostela later this year, and I am already reading and planning my trip. Can you recommend any restaurants for me? I have been reading about Casa Marcelo and Toni Vicente. But I would also like to know about some small, family-run places with traditional Galician food. Also, do you know where I can try percebes? Muchas gracias por ayudarme. Estudio espanol, pero no puedo escribir mucho todavia.

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          Shannon Apr 29, 2009 04:46 PM

          Shep, I'm not jnwork, but if I can make a recommedation, check out O Bispo for tapas and/or a full meal. It's a great spot. They are at C/Franco 37B. I wrote a short review here if you want to read it:

          http://www.slowtrav.com/spain/restaur...

          We just loved this place. Hope this helps.

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            Shep Huntleigh May 1, 2009 07:11 AM

            thanks. I've put it on my list.

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              jnwork May 3, 2009 02:27 PM

              of course i will help you!! toni vicente has been closed but there are a lot of places to go and eat well, percebes too!!!

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            MOREKASHA May 14, 2009 01:09 PM

            A previous post about Galicia http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/530628

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              MOREKASHA May 14, 2009 01:25 PM

              A Coruna was our least fave of the cities we visited. it's not bad, just not as much fun as the smaller towns. That said, the breezes there are great. Don't go to El rey Jamon, do go to Meson Pulpo, have their pulpo and watch the wine "show", the bar tenders have a habit of constantly pouring partially open bottles into each other while they try to hide it as they stand 6" from you!

              Ponrevedra, great small city. There are 2-3 great places on Pradada Lena for tapa. I remember a revolto w/home made chorizo that was fantastic, though I can't remember the name of the place, it's @ the edge of the square. Taberna La Navarra on rua Princesa la Taberna for homemade orujos and amazing chemical free lomo from the mountains of Leon. A must visit.
              Santiago, Casa Marcelo is a trip and worth it. Very nice, low key and interesting food.

              Ourense, a lovely small city with at least 5 small plazas. Week day Tapa is early 8:30 to 10:30. The Casa or Meson do Polpo was great and there are at least 3 other places I would go back to in a heart beat. Ourense is often overlooked, but it's near the Ribera Sacra so you can see the vineyards but I don't think there are many you can visit as they are on steep-steep hillsides tumbling down to the river from high above.

              You must go to Padron on Sunday morning for themarket. It's worth the detour.

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              jnwork May 23, 2009 08:44 AM

              there is a small place in coruña called "Adega O bebedeiro", beautiful place and good food.

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                jnwork May 3, 2009 02:36 PM

                sorry, i dont know the rules, but i think this is the easier way to make people know places ....we dont own hotels....we are only travelers that want to share information...

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