One of us (parents) is religious and it’s the job of the other to support that one and raise the kids together in open manners of the soul and the self. I suppose that’s co-existence. And so here we are finally in Santiago de Compostela–the end point of all pilgrimage routes of the Camino de Santiago whose seashell signs we had seen almost everywhere we had driven in France and Spain on our family camping road trips. Here’s some pictures of our visit to Santiago de Compostela along with a quick review of Camping As Cancelas.
Forty-something years after the death of Jesus, his disciple James apparently ended up here to spread the gospel and therefore began the uphill battle of Christianization of the Iberian peninsula. Supposedly. His remains are within the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Again, supposedly. By the way, he is one of the Catholic Saints.
Before Covid-19 showed us what Mother Nature can do with its little proverbial sneeze, we had planned on walking a little segment of the Camino road with the kids, just to show them a way of life and may be find a different way for our family life.
Where to stay in santiago de Compostela? save money. go Camping As Cancelas
Camping As Cancelas is the only campsite in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. It is a little less than 3 kilometers walk to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela or a 15-minute bus ride. This campground is kid-approved and family-friendly for its play areas, swimming pool and proximity to the city center.
NOTE: We are on the road. So, we’ll fill this in later and please excuse the typos.
In case you’re wondering. . . No, we have not received any form of compensation or freebies or anything at all for reviewing or mentioning this or any others on our blog. We just do it for the fun of it.
TO DO: What’s to see/do nearby? Well, Santiago de Compostela–the capital of Galicia. Apart from the Cathedral and the historic center with so many things to do (give it at least 1 day for a visit), there are also day trips that you can do to the “end of land”–Fisterra, the many beaches on rugged coastlines, and the Tower of Hercules–all within about 1 to 1.5-hour drive.
What we like about this place? The fenced-in ball park where the boys played football, basketball, etc. . . for hours.
What we don’t like about this camp site? A bit of a steep rough road uphill to the pitches.
ACCESS. The sign for the camp is a bit small. Slow down and spot the sign for “A Grellla Braseria” (restaurant next door).
SHADE. Plenty of shade from fully grown trees around pitches. A couple of sections on the right as you go uphill is even almost sunblocked by trees (for you Vampires out there).
PITCH. How’s the pitch? Compact ground, not soft but NO problem sinking tent pegs. Here in Spain, we begin to see less grass and more ground/dirt on the pitches. It’s big enough to fit a 3-person tent, a car and a more for your eating and playing areas. During our visit we could take as much space as we wanted around us since it was the end of season and there were very few visitors.
Privacy hedges. Only at the outer borders. Not much between pitches.
PLAY. A ball park, swimming pool and playground. . . all in one compact space.
PRICE. Higher than standard at 36.00 euros (including tax) for a family of 4 (2 kids–1 under 5), 3-person tent WITH electricity during end of summer season (early September). But the proximity to the city center and the kid-approved amenities make it acceptable.
SANITARY FACILITIES. Small spaces but clean with toilet paper. One entrance to each men/women restroom.
DINE/DRINKS. There’s a bar and a big restaurant next to the reception, with outdoor and indoor seating … but we’re too poor to try it.
So, the next time you’re planning your vacation, try somethimg different. GO CAMPING! Your kids would love it.
Next stop: The Tower of Hercules? What!!??? All the way up here?