Galicia: Cafe culture

There are over 5000 restaurants in Galicia, and it’s no wonder that Galicians are proud of their cuisine, claiming it to be the best in Spain!

I couldn’t agree more. 3-course lunch with wine is not something we do often, but for spaniards it’s a tradition and the most important meal of the day. No wonder they take 2-3 hours to enjoy it!

Whilst long big lunch is great to have with friends or family, we love that at any time of day or night you can have a coffee and a few tapas in any cafe, and it doesn’t break the bank. Yesterday was not exception. Rain stopped at last, and whilst temperature is under 15C, sun and blue skies were asking for a day out.

Along river Minho
Along river Minho

It’s what we did. 20 minutes of picturesque drive in the coutryside along dramatic river Minho took us to nearby town of Chantada. It’s a lovely small historic town with numerous restaurants, old cobbled streets and parks to enjoy a long walk under winter sun.

Chantada town
Chantada town

With so many places to choose from for a nibble, we have a favourite cafe called Manix where they serve up to six varieties of empanadillas (stuffed kind of pasty), homemade tortilla and calamares among other delicious tapas.

Rain or shine, Galicians are always up for a bite to eat with a glass of wine, as you can see from these pictures!

Cafes in Chantada
Cafes in Chantada are always full, January or not!
'Mar and Bellota' bar in Chantada
‘Mar and Bellota’ bar in Chantada is one of the busiest
Chantada's bars
Chantada’s bars
Covered warm terrace of another new bar in Chantada great in any weather
Covered warm terrace of another new bar in Chantada great in any weather

After a coffee and delicious tapas, a long walk along river Asma in Chantada was just a thing to do before heading home to enjoy afternoon on our sunny terrace. Perfect January Saturday!

Walk along the river Asma in Chantada
Walk along the river Asma in Chantada
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