Seafood is a major incentive to plan a visit to Santiago. The whole range of lobsters, prawns and shrimps of all sizes, razor clams, oysters, scallops, mussels, clams, cockles, spider crab and other crabs, and a whole host of other crustaceans, are served here, usually boiled or grilled. This is the real kingdom of seafood and the star among the treasures of the sea is pulpo al la gallega - Galician style octopus - which is boiled and served with paprika and oil. The most famous dessert is the tarta de Santiago, an almond-based pie similar to the English Bakewell tart, which is dusted with icing sugar in the shape of the silhouette of the Cross of the Apostle. To get thoroughly into the Galician spirit, there's nothing better than a traditional queimada, made of the local aguardiente liqueur flamed with sugar and lemon peel. These local products can be found in the Santiago food market, founded over a century ago and located in the old town, a place that offers a real feast for the senses with its heady mix of scents, colours and traditional flavors.
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