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Charming Galicia Tour

<span>Santiago de Compostela Cathedral</span>Santiago de Compostela Cathedral
<span>Finisterre</span>Finisterre
<span>Cies Islands</span>Cies Islands
<span>Lugo</span>Lugo
<span>Ourense - Roman Bridge</span>Ourense - Roman Bridge
<span>Pontedeume</span>Pontedeume
<span>Ourense  - View from river</span>Ourense - View from river
<span>Ourense - Parador San Estevo</span>Ourense - Parador San Estevo
<span>Galicia - O Cebreiro</span>Galicia - O Cebreiro
<span>Villafranca de Bierzo</span>Villafranca de Bierzo
<span>Galicia - Santiago de Compostela Cathedral</span>Galicia - Santiago de Compostela Cathedral
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This Galicia tour includes visits to such diverse spots as Finisterre, the Spanish Land's End, charming fishing villages, majestic Santiago de Compostela and the lesser known but beautiful inland city of Lugo, one of Galicia´s several UNESCO World Heritage sites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charming Galicia Tour

Day ONE

Arrive in the famous city of Santiago de Compostela, where you can soak up the local atmosphere before spending the night in the accommodation of your choice.

Day TWO

Day trip to Finisterre, the Spanish Land's End. The headlands and cliffs are majestic and the sunsets are equally impressive. There are no sizeable towns to speak of, but the charming villages of Malpica, Camarinas and Corcubion are a delight to visit. Later return to Santiago and the accommodation of your choice.

Day THREE

A full day in Santiago to explore the sights. Santiago de Compostela is the third most important place of pilgrimage after Jerusalem and Rome. Around the famous Plaza del Obradoiro is the 11th century Cathedral, the present-day plateresque style Parador which was once an inn and hospital for sick pilgrims, and the Baroque Convent of San Martino Pinario. What's more, the whole old city of Santiago, with its bustling small shops, cafes, and mouth-watering seafood restaurants is a delight to wander around. Accommodation of your choice in Santiago.

Day FOUR

The Rias Baixas (Lower Estuaries) consist of 4 large rias (or estuaries). This area along the west & southwest coast of Galicia is renowned for its beautiful scenery and beaches, safe bathing, and a mild climate. Here you also find some of Spain’s most fertile fishing grounds and exquisite seafood. Visit the Isle of La Toja, one of the most stylish resorts in Galicia known for it´s wonderful spa´s and healing waters, joined by a bridge to the charming fishing port and resort of O Grove. Well worth a visit too is Cambados, home of the delicious Albariño white wine. Accommodation of your choice in the Rias Baixas area.

Day FIVE

Spend the morning visiting the Islas Cies islands, with white sandy beaches, clear water and a bird sanctuary. They can be reached by ferry from Baiona. Here there still stand the remains of a royal fortress on the promontory and a 12th century collegiate church. Later visit Santa Tecla, near the mouth of the river Mino, with wonderful examples of Celtic art. Accommodation of your choice in the Rias Baixas area.

Day SIX

Today travel to the impressive city of Lugo, which was an important centre under the Roman occupation. The city walls have been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Other sights to savour include the Romanesque Cathedral, the whole of the old quarter and the Town Hall Square. Accommodation of your choice in Lugo.

Day SEVEN

Return to your point of departure. End of Galicia tour

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Suggested Itinerary Extension

A day trip to the Costa Lucense coast, in the Rias Altas (Higher Estuaries) area. On the way we may stop in Mondonedo, an old provincial capital on one of the Road to Santiago routes, and its museum which houses works by El Greco and Zurbaran.
The headlands and cliffs of the Rias Altas are dotted with many charming fishing villages, such as Ribadeo and the famous beach of “As Catedrais” and Foz. You may also wish to visit the medieval walled town of Viveiro, which still preserves much of its old world charm. Accommodation of our choice in delightful Lugo.

Day EIGHT

Leave for Orense with a stop in O Cebreiro, close to the border with Leon and the Sierra Os Ancares mountains. A miracle is said to have happened in the 9th century church. Some ancient traditional houses known as pallozas still survive in this unspoilt area. You may also stop in Villafranca del Bierzo, a lovely town in the province of Leon.  Accommodation of your choice in the lovely city of Orense.

Day NINE

Spend the day visiting Orense, famous for its thermal springs that even today spout water at high temperatures. The old part of the city built around the 12th century Cathedral is particularly memorable. Another landmark is the Roman Bridge over the River Mino. We may also visit the Ribeira Sacra, which has the highest concentration of monasteries in the whole of Galicia. Accommodation of your choice in Orense.

Day TEN

Return to your point of departure.

 

 

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Accommodation

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Below is a selection of the accommodation we would recommend for this tour. Click on the Hotel Code or info symbol for photographs and detailed information about each property. If you have registered to use our Spain Travel & Holiday Planner, you need only click on add to planner to insert it into your itinerary.

Charming Galicia Tour Hotel Code Classification Information
3 nights in SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA GAL02 Central Hotel
PAR01 PARADOR Paradors
2 nights in Rias Baixas GAL16 Central Hotel w/ pool
1 night in Lugo GAL28 Country Hotel w/ pool
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Charming Galicia (10 days) Hotel Code Classification Information
3 nights in SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA GAL02 Central Hotel
PAR01 PARADOR Paradors
2 nights in Rias Baixas GAL16 Central Hotel w/ pool
2 nights in Lugo GAL28 Country Hotel w/ pool
2 nights in OURENSE PAR54 PARADOR Paradors
PAR73 PARADOR Paradors w/ pool
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