Sunday, July 31, 2011


This week’s question

Galicia is famous for its sea food and fishing - despite being almost overlooked by Rick Stein in his current TV series about Spanish food. Then again he also said that the Magpie (Whitby) serves the best fish and chips in Britain. Of course it does!!! Actually they are the worst fish and chips that I have tasted in Yorkshire. So we can safely dismiss his knowledge of seafood and fish.

So, staying with fishing, Galicia is of course the fishing capital of Spain and it has both the largest fishing port in Spain and a very infamous town in the north of the region from which many sailors embark and never return. It is know as the “coast of death”.

The questions are:

What is the large fishing port called?


What is the name of the famous port town on the coast of death? It has a Spanish and Gallego name.

Clues (if you need them) are:

The answer to the first question begins with the letter “R”

The answer to the second question is the same town that is frequently and wrongly described as the most north westerly point of mainland Europe.

Answers in my next post.

Friday, July 29, 2011



It has taken me a while to get back to this blog, mainly because I have been working on formatting and uploading the 33 stage French Camino route which Maria has been working on for the last two years. I will get on to that in a minute, but first the answer to last week’s question:

Answer = Noia (or Noya as it is known outside of Galicia)

It is the town that my wife originates from and it still has the original Bishop’s palace (really just a large town house) plus the Saint Martin church with its famous and much photographed portico in the Tapal square.

Going back to the new Camino section of Galicia Guide, I have now uploaded the Camino stages, but still have the supportive pages to put up. This will probably take me another couple of weeks and, all told, it will be the biggest single addition to Galicia Guide for a few years.

The main index page for this section is (sorry links removed), however links to many of the pages (other than History section and French route stages 1 to 33) are currently dead.

I will try to post another Galicia related question here over the next few days – time permitting!

Friday, July 15, 2011


Padron question: The answer

My last questions were connected with the Galician town called Padron and, on reflection, the first question might have been answered in two ways – but that is, for the clue that I offered.

The actual answer to Q1 was pimientos de Padron, also known in some circles as Russian Roulette.

For those who have not heard of them, they are small green peppers that look somewhat like chilli peppers, but (in most cases) they have less of “a bite”. They are fried in oil and sprinkled with salt, then eaten with bread and wine. Most are peppery and tasty, however the occasional one is very hot. Incidentally, the way that “idiot celebrity chefs” in the UK prepare them on TV is of course completely wrong and utterly ridiculous.

The other thing that Padron is famous for is it large open air market, however that was not the answer that I was looking for.

The answer to Q2 was Iria Flavia (if I remembered to spell it correctly). This was Padron’s Roman name in the time of Saint James and you can even visit the exact spot where St. James preached. It is just outside of Padron’s new town.

This week’s question is also connected with religion and concerns the Arch Bishop.

Question - Today, Santiago de Compostela is the seat of the Bishop, but that was not always the case. If you go back in time the seat of the Bishop in Galicia was in a small seaport. What is it called?

Clue: This town has a connection with me, so it should be easy to figure out using this blog – however that would be cheating.

Monday, July 11, 2011


Stations of the Cross

I have been a bit slow in posting the answer to my last pictorial question, however, better late than never.

The picture showed a series of crosses with a path running along side them and my clues were that it was in the south of Galicia and that it had, or was, close to somewhere of tourist interest.

The photo actually shows what I believe translates to the “Stations of the Cross” and it is located at Santa Tegra close to a Guarda. The tourism (and also historical) connection is that there is a large and popular Celtic castro at this same location and there is quite a large (and surprisingly tacky) collection of stalls and shops at the summit of the hill where both are situated. A tough question to get right if you have never seen the sight in question.

This weeks question is hopefully easier and again it comes in two parts. Both are connected with the modern town of Padron.

Q1 – What is Padron famous for?

Q2 – Padron, or the old site of Padron, was a preaching ground for Saint James. However, the area had a different Roman name in those times. What was it?


Q1 - The answer is delicious with crusty bread and white wine. It is also seasonal!

Q2 – You need to go back in time a couple of thousand years.

Answers in my next post.

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