Casco Antiguo : Michelin's recommendations
The old town is a complex maze of lanes modelled after the picturesque Rúa do Franco, with its old colleges (Fonseca), shops and typical bars. The Porta da Faxeiras leads to the Paseo de la Herradura, a landscaped hill that is the setting for the city's fairs and which offers a good view of the town and cathedral. This is reached via Rúa do Vilar, lined in arcades and old houses, as is Rúa Nova which runs parallel and has more shops. On arriving at the lovely Plaza de la Quintana, admire the former Casa de la Canónica with a plain but harmonious façade, the monastery of San Payo de Antealtares (17C), whose austerity is somewhat softened by beautiful old wrought ironwork, and opposite the Puerta del Perdón or Puerta Santa, a door into the cathedral's east end. Designed in 1611 by Fernández Lechuga and only open in Holy Years, it incorporates all the statues of the Prophets and Patriarchs carved by Maestro Mateo for the original Romanesque coro. At the top of a large flight of stairs stands a fine 17C Baroque mansion, the Casa de la Parra. The Museo de las Peregrinaciones and Monasterio de San Martín Pinario are both worth a visit. The monastery overlooking Plaza da Inmaculada is noted for its massive Doric columns. Plaza de la Azabachería opposite owes its name to the many jet ornament craftsmen who used to have their workshops here.