Enjoy the Cidade da Cultura with children... or without them
Since 2011, when the first two buildings of the complex were inaugurated, the Cidade da Cultura defines the new architectural silhouette of Santiago dominating the horizon from the summit of Mount Gaiás. The pharaonic project, signed by the American architect Peter Eisenman, has been redifinished in recent years and nowadays stands as a unique architectural space and a large green area and leisure in which to admire an exhibition, attend a show or just walk around. Families have several recreational spaces such as playgrounds, lakes and pedestrian paths. We tell you what they are so that you get the most out of your visit.
Bosque de Galicia
In recent years the hillside of Mount Gaiás has been repopulated with native species such as oaks and chestnut trees to make it the great lung of Compostela with 34 hectares of green area and five kilometers of pedestrian paths dotted with banks from which to enjoy the silhouette of the city and spectacular sunsets-
The Cidade da Cultura complex has two playgrounds. One of them can be found next to the Hedjuk Towers. It is the most veteran and is especially oriented to climbers because it has a small climbing wall. The other has its own space between the Bosque of Galicia and the buildings of the Cidade da Cultura and is undoubtedly the great children's claim of Gaiás. Inspired by the marine world of the painter from Coruña, Urbano Lugrís, the park is dominated by a giant orange slide whose structure imitates the tail of a whale. Hence, it is known as Parque da Balea.
We also find two at the Cidade da Cultura. We found a small lake in front of the Museum, occupying a hollow open in its day to lay the foundations of one of the buildings of the initial project that was never built. Between plants, flowers and trees there are banks and paths around it. The second belongs to the Parque do Lago, a green area located on the other side of the road that houses a large picnic area, a network of paths and a pond that can be seen from the benches located on a wooden platform.
Although it is not very orthodox and yes a bit dangerous, we know that the number one attraction of the Cidade da Cultura for the public is often to climb its wavy roofs, so we tell you that where we see turning a blind eye to climbers is in the central square.
Take a picture with the ball of books that we will find before the Einsenman Room is another essential. In fact, it was his success among the visitors that led to the artistic intervention of Alicia Martín winning the right to be part of the permanent landscape of the City of Culture because it was installed on a temporary basis.
The Literary Garden, which surrounds the lake in front of the Museum, integrates a small square with plaques that, in a circle, recall thirteen Galician writers and some of their works, from the medieval troubadour Airas Nunes to Rosalía, Curros, Pondal ...
And, undoubtedly, the children will be struck by the interior of the Hedjuk Towers - we have to look up - and above all, when the night comes, it lights up and the colors change.
Varied family programming
The Cidade da Cultura presents throughout the year a varied family program with fixed appointments such as Nexos -cicles of contemporary culture that combine activities for adults with children's workshops-, Cidade Imaxinaria -the great afternoon for children with music, circus and outdoor games free-, Noites astronómicas -observation of the stars workshops with experts from the University of Santiago- or Unha noite no bosque -camping night in the Forest of Galicia with various activities-
It also programs initiatives linked to marked eras or holidays like Christmas or Carnival. And, finally, it hosts a lot of theater shows, puppets, concerts, as well as workshops of the most varied (literary, origami, cinema) and activities linked to their exhibitions. Also, the best part is that they are usually free.