After visiting Santiago I went on a 4hr bus ride down to the beautiful city of Porto in the north part of Portugal. I really like it there, it has a South America feel to it, being relatively undeveloped (and cheap!) for a Western European nation.
I think Portugal has been part of the EU for just as long as Spain however, unlike its Iberian neighbour, Portugal seems to have been spared some of the indecency of modern real estate development. The addition of UNESCOprotected status and dramatic river landscape means that Porto is a city that is beautiful to behold and it has some stunning architecture which is (sadly) falling to pieces from lack of restoration.