Galicia in 7 days

Day 1  

Santiago Arrival in Santiago de Compostela and transfer to hotel. Free time to discover the magic of its streets, its monuments, its wide range of cultural and leisure activities and its university atmosphere. Free time to have lunch in any of the city’s numerous restaurants. Dinner and hotel accommodation.

Day 2  

Santiago Rías Altas (A Coruña) Breakfast. The trip is centred on the city of A Coruña, marked by its seafaring vocation. The Paseo marítimo, which borders the entire peninsula where the city is located, is a balcony overlooking the Atlantic. This takes us to the city’s symbol par excellence, the Tower of Hercules, the only functioning Roman lighthouse in the world, and its Celtic Sculptural Park. Other sights include La Marina, with its houses featuring glazed balconies, Calle Real, a shopper’s paradise, Plaza de María Pita and the old town. Free time for lunch and enjoying A Coruña in the afternoon. Return to Santiago. Dinner and accommodation in hotel.

Day 3  

Santiago Breakfast.

Valença do Minho (Portugal) In the morning, departure for the Fort of Valença do Minho (Portugal), a charming and colourful historical-artistic site that is also a grand bazaar, being famous for its shops selling furniture, crafts, household items, etc.

Santa Tegra (A Guarda) Return to Galicia to visit A Guarda, where the Atlantic Ocean, the River Miño and Monte de Santa Tegra make up an outstanding natural and historical landscape, featuring a Celtic settlement declared a National Historical-Artistic Monument. Free time for lunch.

Baiona The trip continues with a visit to Baiona, a seafaring tourist resort that stands out due to its Castle of Monterreal, now a National “Parador”, its Romanesque Collegiate Church and its port, which was visited by the caravel La Pinta, one of the three with which Columbus discovered America.

Vigo On the way back, a tour around Vigo, Galicia’s most cosmopolitan city. Return to Santiago. Dinner and accommodation in hotel.

Day 4  

Santiago Breakfast. Tour of Santiago de Compostela, a World Heritage City: Cathedral, featuring the Pórtico de la Gloria, the Apostle’s Tomb or the Santo ‘dos Croques’; an itinerary around the four squares surrounding the Cathedral: Praterías, Quintana, Inmaculada and Obradoiro. This fourth square is the site of the Hostal de los Reyes Católicos, now a National “Parador”, Pazo de Raxoi and the university building Pazo de San Xerome. Free time for lunch; in the popular streets of O Franco and A Raíña there are numerous restaurants and bars that serve the typical delicacies of Galicia’s gastronomy, such as “pulpo á feira” (Galician-style octopus), Galician pie, Santiago’s typical almond cake, washed down with the best wine and eau-de-vie. In the afternoon, free time. Dinner and accommodation in hotel.

Day 5  

Santiago Muros Breakfast. An itinerary bordering the northernmost of the Rías Baixas, visiting the town of Noia followed by the picturesque fishing town of Muros. Afterwards, facing the open sea, we pass by the extensive beaches and transparent waters of Carnota, where one of Galicia’s largest “hórreos” (stone granaries) is located.

Finisterre Costa da Morte The trip continues along the hillside of the mythical Monte Pindo, passing through Ézaro, Cee and Corcubión on the way to Cape Fisterra. Considered Europe’s westernmost point, the visit to the cape is a must for all those coming to Galicia. It marks the beginning of the fascinating and rugged Costa da Morte: a region of ancestral legends and past shipwrecks, it is characterised by wild, melancholic beauty and irresistible charm. Free time for lunch. Return via an inland itinerary after passing through the fishing village of Muxía. Arrival in Santiago. Dinner and accommodation in hotel.

Day 6  

Santiago Rías Baixas (Pontevedra) Breakfast. In the morning, a visit to the city of Pontevedra, whose monumental quarter, declared a Historical Artistic Site, is one of the best preserved in Galicia, featuring beautiful arcaded streets and countless small squares. These house “pazos” (ancestral homes) and basilicas such as those of Santa María la Mayor and La Peregrina. Free time for lunch.

Combarro In the afternoon, the itinerary borders the coast towards the famous Monastery of Poio. The trip continues in the fishing village of Combarro, declared a Site of Artistic Interest, where the countryside and sea combine to form a typical landscape of stone balconies, “hórreos” (stone granaries) and “cruceiros” (stone crosses).

Sanxenxo Afterwards, following the coastline, the itinerary passes through the coastal scenery and beaches of Sanxenxo and O Grove, finishing with a visit to Cambados. This Historical-Artistic Site is renowned for its stately houses, especially Pazo de Fefiñáns, and for being the capital of the famous Albariño winemaking region. Return to Santiago. Dinner and accommodation in hotel.

Day 7  

Santiago Breakfast. Return to point of origin at the indicated time. End of Compostur services.

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