If there are three things I've learned about Galicia, Spain its that theres absolutely no shortage of drop dead gorgeous beaches, they have hands down the best seafood I've ever had in my life, and Jonathan Ventoso needs to open up a a goddamn tour company already.
My good friend Toso was so gracious to host Anna and I in his beautiful house in Caamno, Galicia, Spain for 5 days. It was a 5 minute walk from the beach and exactly the getaway we were looking for after an adrenaline inducing trip the week before in Pamplona for Running of the Bulls. The sunny weather and comfortable bed would have been plenty for us, but being the ultimate host, Tos had 4 fun filled days planned for us. I'm talking restaurants, different beaches and areas of Galicia to visit, THERMAL BATHS. It's fair to say we were extremely exited to have someone take the reigns for us for a couple days as we're constantly on our toes from city to city figuring out what to do next, where to eat, etc. Did I mention the Toso tours also included a full-time translator? Like, how do we keep this going for the next couple of weeks...
We started off our trip in Santiago de Compestela, the capital of Galicia, where Toso currently lives and works. We took a nice stroll through the city. It's a small but beautiful city rich with history. The famous Catholic pilgrimage, The Way of St James, runs through here and the cathedral dedicated to the apostle St. James the Great is housed here.
After engaging in some afternoon culture, we sat down for our first Galician meal. Now at this point, we'd only heard the rumors about the seafood here, but boy were we in for it. Our tastebuds had no idea what was about to hit em. Like a pro and in perfect Galician Espanol, Toso ordered our meal from start to finish. Galician style Octopus, padron peppers, shrimp, squid, wine and water, and BOOM. Seafood would forever be destroyed for us unless we just packed up and moved to Galicia forever. Everything just completely melted in your mouth. Galician style seafood is all olive oil based and lightly seasoned with things like paprika, salt and pepper, but nothing more. They use the natural flavors of the seafood to create these amazing dishes. This of course was a huge plus for me per my strict Candida diet, so I, of course, was in food heaven here.
After stuffing our faces of delicious seafood, Toso took us on a quick trip to a little beach town called A Coruna. About a 30 minute drive, we parked the car, took a quick detour to buy some forgotten swim shorts , got together our towels and headed to the beach. It stays light out pretty late here as we've noticed in most of the European cities we've been to so far. So although we got to the beach on the later end for most Americans (around 630ish), the sun was still out and blazing.
After some fun in the sun and catching up, it was time for our final destination of the day, Caamno, Spain, where we'd be spending the next couple of days. Of course the day wouldn't be complete without some dinner, and some seafood dinner at that. Tos took us to a local spot right along the port for some fresh fresh FRESH seafood (can you tell how enthusiastic this seafood makes me). We had another delicious meal. This time we ordered a gigantic salad for the table (which I basically ate all of), I had a white fish (which I'm now failing to remember the name of, but it's local to the area and they literally fry the thing up skin and bones and serve it), and Anna ordered the restaurant specialty of Cod Stomach which was so absolutely delicious. Neither of us have had it before but we couldn't stop eating it. We both went to sleep very happy that night.
The next couple of days were spent visiting numerous beaches via the Toso shuttle, enjoying even more seafood (we had this for every meal), venturing to Ourense to take a dip in some thermal baths, playing with Tos's adorable furry babygirl Mika, and seeing some of the other surrounding towns.
Day two lunch. I'll let the pictures do the talking here
Lookout point near the beach house overlooking all the towns and cities nearby. Absolutely stunning view
Hidden beach #438 and baby Mika!
Late night thermal baths, made it 30 minutes before the cutoff!
THIS, JUST THIS.
AND THIS. We had this to ourselves this day
Homemade dinner. This trip revolved around our meals and I didn't hate it. At all
Came to this beautiful spot for a dog playdate. A DOG PLAYDATE (Contemplated how I could permanently switch places with the dog)
In all seriousness, I'd like thank my good friend Toso from the bottom of my heart for being so absolutely generous and hosting us for our 5 days in Galicia. It was so nice having a chef, translator, chauffeur, and tour guide for a couple days :) GET READY FOR OUR RETURN