Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela
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Santiago de Compostela is a city in Spain.
Getting out can be difficult as there are only two roads that go out of the city, leading to many different directions.
All directions: La Coruña, Santander, San Sebastian, Portugal
The place indicated in the map, at the western entrance on the highway, is a good one, a roundabout at the entrance of the highway, it works for all directions. To get there just walk out from the city, or ask the driver of the airport bus (it leaves from zona nueva and bus terminal) to drop you off close to here (1 €, some Spanish will be useful to explain what you want).
There is a Repsol service station on the SC 20 that can be accessed by foot where many drivers are going south. To get there you can take the number 5 bus to the terminus located on Rua da Poza Real de abaixo. Just several metres uphill you'll come across a mini roundabout, go under the autovia to the other side and immediately turn left up the stairs. Then follow the footpath at the side of the road for 2 minutes and you will arrive at the service station. There's a water tap outside, however I cannot confirm that it's água portable.
I approached people and asked in Español "hola, una cosa! Estás yendo hacia Pontevedra, por casualidad?" (Hey, one thing! Are you going towards Pontevedra, by any chance?) It's better if you try and speak Spanish instead of English. If someone respondes with "si" or "porque?" Follow up by saying "ah cool, yo tambien. Estoy viajando por España con me mochila y haciendo autostop. Créas que me podrias acercar alla, por favor?" (Ah cool, me too. I'm travelling through España with my backpack and hitchhiking. Do you think you could take me there, please?)
I was able to find a ride after asking roughly 30 people for about 25 mins.
Food and Drink
There is an oldschool and very cheap place with a great atmosphere and a terrace with a small statue at the beginning of Castron Douro street, if you get there from Virxe de Cerca street. I've greatly enjoyed my time there, not only it is dirt cheap, but it also caters to all your needs and you can get local food and drinks. However, as the owners are old, you can't expect to order there in English.