The Parque del Alameda is the historical park of the city of Santiago de Compostela. A mix of gardens and wild hill, on one side it borders with the old University Campus and on the other with the most touristic side of the historical town.
It’s one of the centres of the city, where important things happen: during Ascensión (in May) and the Apostle (in July) here is where you’ll find the fairground and the Octopus Fair. Which pretty much sums up THE most important things you might wish for!
As in all parks, there are many corners with a story of their own. These are two of my favourites – the Eucalyptus:
That tree you see in the middle is the first eucalyptus tree to be planted outside of Australia (or Oceania). Its seed was brought back from Australia by Rosendo Salvado, a Galician monk and missionary who eventually became Bishop of Perth in 1848. It’s also the Lovers’ Tree and that’s the reason why the trunk is carved with names and dates, but I think it’s far less interesting.
It’s also the best view you can have of the Cathedral:
My other favourite spot is the Music Kiosk (Quiosco de Música). Such kiosks are common in Northern Spain, although I’ve rarely seen any music happening in them.
On top of being light and elaborated at the same time, it’s made special by what’s on the other side of the walk, the Banco Acústico (Acoustic Bench).
Not the easiest picture, but I hope you can see it. It’s a whispering gallery, except it’s a bench! Two people can sit at opposite sides of the bench, and if one whispers towards the wall the other will hear the words just as if he were side by side with the other person. This was meant to enhance the experience of listening to the music, supposedly. I say supposedly because I haven’t been able to see a concert here (yet).
This is me fooling around with Valle-Inclán’s statue – very tourist-y, I know, but who am I fooling? Also, he’s related by far with my husband’s family, AND he knows the author, César Lombera, so somehow it all stays within the family.
More information about the Alameda’s park: Parque Alameda de Santiago.