Santiago de Compostela People, Spain

Santiago de Compostela People statues in Alameda park, Galicia, Spain

The local government clearly has a sense of humour in addition to reverence towards St James and the Catholic church. These Santiago de Compostela people are in Alameda park on the west edge of the old town.

Santiago de Compostela people enjoying seafood, wine and selfies in el Mercado, Galicia, Spain

Enjoying seafood, wine and selfies in Santiago’s market, el Mercado.

Wine tasting in the Mercado, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain

Wine chugging in the Mercado at lunchtime. The dude groping around on the left has gone over the top.

Santiago de Compostela people, a Celtic piper, Galicia, Spain

Celtic piping in Santiago.

Walking near the north side of Santiago Cathedral in the summertime and you will be assailed by bagpipes from dawn to dusk in this little alleyway. Not unpleasantly so, but persistent! And they’re not Scottish pipes, but Galician, a province with a strong Celtic relationship as the Celts were among the very early colonists of north Spain.

Praza da Quintana, Puerta Santa and a comedian/street performer entertaining kids, Santiago de Compostela people, Galicia, Spain

Praza da Quintana again with Puerta Santa on the left and a comedian/street performer entertaining kids and parents.

A portrait of Saint James as a pilgrim, while his companion blesses some kind of monstrous slug, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain

A portrait of Saint James as a pilgrim, while his companion blesses some kind of monstrous slug (with wings? ).

Museo das Perigrinacións (Pilgrimage Museum) is a quiet, relaxed and free museum dedicated to the cult of St James, the development of Santiago de Compostela as a pilgrimage centre and the history of pilgrimages around the world. It’s larger than it looks initially, with seven sizeable rooms located in Casa Gótica near Praza Cervantes.

A beautiful sculpture in wood of St James as a pilgrim, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain

A beautiful sculpture in wood of St James as a pilgrim. The Museum opens daily except Mondays and closes for siesta time in the afternoon, precise times depending on the season.