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Planning to be at Santiago around 24 - 25 July???

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Here is some information that might help you avoid frustration and disappointment...

The HUGE Feast of Santiago celebration every year at Santiago de Compostela officially kicks off with world class fireworks on the night of the 24th, just before midnight. This ushers in the feast day. Too many folks assume the fireworks are on the 25th (the day of the feast) and plan wrong.

FYI, the best viewing spot for the fireworks is from the area around the very large eucalyptus tree (the one with the bench surrounding it) on the pedestrian walk in Alameda Park. It is identified on the TI map by a camera logo, indicating a scenic view. I usually meet with friends and party here each year.

If you do not yet have a confirmed reservation for place to stay. MAKE IT TODAY! Too many pilgrims walk into Santiago around the 24th or 25th and will not be able to find a bed, at any price, at any location near to town. Tourists will take care of themselves. Fortunately, I am working as a volunteer then, and have a place to stay.

Each year, we have to direct people to Plaza de Galicia to catch the #6 bus (dir San Marcos) to ride out to Monte de Gozo, to stay at the large municipal albergue some 5 km outside the center of the city. By the time the 25th rolls around each year, you need to go that far out of Santiago to 'hopefully) find a bed for the night.

Please plan ahead...

Hope this helps.
 
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Hi, Tom,
You are so right. I was in Santiago only once on the feast day, and I had made my reservation in our favorite San Martin Pinario, 4th floor, months in advance. Turns out that I was the ONLY individual peregrina in the whole place, the rest was filled with groups whose leaders make reservations way in advance. I know that fact because the reception told me, not because I can distinguish a person walking in a group from someone walking on his/her own. :)
 

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