Have you ever heard about the ‘Pastel Vasco’ (Basque cake)? It is a traditional Basque dessert which is served at the beginning of the Camino in places like Saint Jean Pied de Port or Roncesvalles. It is usually be included in the ‘menu del peregrino’. You can try this sweet cake in the hotel/restaurant next to the Municipal albergue in Roncesvalles. But if you wanna have a genuine experience and you are starting the Camino in St Jean, we suggest to head straight to the Maison Barbier-Millox. Here you will find out one of the finest gâteaux basques (Basque cakes) anywhere, plain or with black cherries. This pâtisserie is also renowned for its chaumontais, a light meringue with cream and praline butter, a favorite dessert of Charles de Gaulle.
When you get to Santiago de Compostela, after walking the whole Camino, you well deserve the best prize. Our suggestion is one of the most tipical dishes in Galicia and over Spain, ‘Pulpo a la gallega’. Its Galician name derives from the fact that its was commonly served up at traditional fairs and markets in the Galician hinterland. One of the oldest bars which serves ‘Pulpo a la Gallega’ in Santiago de Compostela is O Tangueiro. This traditional bar has been serving the best Pulpo more than 70 years. It is in San Lazaro area, just along the Camino, so it is wellknown by many pilgrims.