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Northern Spain has a strong reputation for traditional food markets – especially in Santiago de Compostela, the regional capital of Galicia. The many markets in and around the town offer a wide range of traditional products to sample or take back home with you. Read on for our round-up of the best in the area.
Santiago’s main city market, the Mercado de Abastos, is the second most-visited spot in Santiago after the cathedral, and attracts up to 4000 people every Saturday. Dating back to 1873, it has over 70 stalls selling everything from cured meats and cheeses, to seafood, vegetables, bread and fresh flowers. Stop here to pick up some of Galicia’s most traditional products to take back with you, including Tetilla cheese, Galician sausages or honey.
Less than a half-hour drive southwest of Santiago de Compostela, you’ll come to the town of Padrón, which holds one of the biggest and most popular Sunday markets in Galicia. Boasting more than 600 stalls, it sells everything from traditional Galician food products to seafood, plants, spices and clothing. As this is Padrón, don’t forget to pick up some of its most famous export – pimientos de Padrón (Padrón peppers), small green (non-spicy) peppers which are fried, sprinkled with salt and eaten as a tapa. The pulpo a la Gallega (Galician-style octopus), boiled and covered in olive oil and paprika is also particularly popular here, and makes for a tasty snack while shopping.