Our Route through Galicia!
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With today’s post, we inaugurate a new section dedicated to those small getaways that we like so much and make our lives happier.
It will consist of a series of articles where we will teach you how to make the most of short but intense days of rest.
Stupendous corners await you so that you discover them in some deserved mini holidays.
We will show you, from the places you should not miss, to what typical dishes to try. This way you will have an enriching visit as complete as possible.
Besides, we’ll give you a series of tips that will help you plan, saving you time and money.
You don’t have an excuse anymore! 😊 Escape the routine and meet a great destination very close to home! 🛫
GALICIA: Gastronomy and tradition.
To begin this series of post on escapades, we have chosen an enclave where tradition and good eating go hand in hand.
Galicia is a gastronomic reference all over the world, but, above all, it is known for being the end of the journey of one of the most famous Catholic pilgrimage paths: El Camino de Santiago (St. James’s way).
This route aims to reach the tomb of the Apostle James in the basilica of the capital, Santiago de Compostela.
This pilgrimage can start at various points in Europe. Examples include France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Prague. However, the so-called French Way is the most widely used.
The oldest and busiest itinerary on the old continent, the Pilgrim’s Way to Santiago has earned the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to a perfect combination of religiosity and adventure.
Follow the yellow oyster or Shell of the pilgrim! The symbol of the tour will guide you through beautiful landscapes where the important thing is not really to get to the end of the journey, is the great experience you will live during it.
ROUTE FOR A GETAWAY THROUGH GALICIA.
First of all, we recommend you:
- Stay in the centre of Santiago de Compostela. Here you can have your base of operations from where you can move quickly to the most relevant tourist attractions.
- Our favourite option is to rent a car. You will travel better distances from one place to another making the most of your time. There are currently very advantageous offers to have a vehicle for a couple of days.
(The time of displacement that we indicate in the post corresponds to a journey by car).
Here is a complete itinerary for 3 days of travel.
Galicia has a lot to do with it, but we will focus on recommending our favourite places through a short and varied itinerary.
Route for Day 1.
In Santiago de Compostela:
(In the centre of Santiago)
Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and the historic centre of the city.
This is the most important Catholic temple in Galicia, where the tomb of the Apostle Santiago is located.
Final destination for pilgrims is an imposing and majestic building located in the Plaza del Obradoiro, where, in addition to the remains of the saint, there is a unique piece: The Botafumeiro.
This huge incense burner, which weighs about 100 kilos when full, hangs from the ceiling and swings from side to side high inside the cathedral.
This is possible thanks to the effort of 8 monks who pull strongly on a rope, making it reach a speed of up to 70 kilometres per hour.
All an attraction that we can only witness on certain dates such as January 6 (day of the Epiphany of the Magi of the East), July 25 (day of St. James), and August 15 (day of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary) among others.
The site has several museums and spaces that can be visited throughout the year.
Its website catedraldesantiago.es contains all the information regarding opening hours and ticket prices.
In La Coruña:
(1:30 hours’ drive from downtown Santiago)
Cape and Faro de Finisterre.
What would you like to enjoy a magnificent sunset at the “End of the World”? 🙋
On the Costa de la Muerte (death coast), there is a lighthouse with a small museum inside located in what was formerly believed to be “the end of the earth”: the limit of known lands and the border of the beyond.
Its visitors always agree that this place instills in them a deep sense of peace and respect.
Many of the pilgrims do not consider that they have finished their journey until they reach this place. They often leave their worn boots in front of the immensity of the ocean as a symbol of the completed path and mission accomplished.
In La Coruña:
(1:30 hours from Finisterre and 1:00 hours back to Santiago de Compostela)
Tower of Hercules.
Before returning to the hotel, we advise you to take a jump to the only oldest functioning Roman lighthouse in the world and UNESCO World Heritage Site: The Tower of Hercules.
Situated on a green hill, next to it is a beautiful circular mosaic with the drawing of The Rose of the Winds (an ancient navigation tool used to orient oneself during the crossing).
Go to the tower’s official website to check timetables and rates (free access on Mondays).
Discover this fascinating monument from the inside and take off an amazing selfie in the heights with incredible sea views! 📷🌊
Route for Day 2.
(To 1:20 hours away from downtown of Santiago)
Cíes Islands Natural Park.
Get your bathing suit and your mountain boots, we’re going to the beach! 👙 🌞
No, we have not gone mad, we are going to make the star excursion of the Rías Baixas in the Natural Park of the Cíes Islands.
Are you ready to visit Rodas Beach, considered the most beautiful beach in the world by the British newspaper “The Guardian”?
Imagine beautiful white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters located in 3 islands that can be visited and very close to each other, (The North Island or Monteagudo, the Middle Island or Do Faro and the South Island or San Martin) where you can make various treks between trees and superb cliffs.
We have 4 routes of footpaths to delight us with its impressive landscapes, but the two most travelled are the one of Monteagudo and the one of Do Faro.
It is very convenient to book your ticket in advance as the islands have a limited capacity. In high season, it’s usually a much sought-after destination.
Since we are in the Rías Baixas, it is time to make a stop on the way to talk about the delicious Gastronomy of Galicia.
We are in love with the cuisine of this corner of Spain.
The Rías Baixas (arms of the sea that enter the land) form part of the coast of this autonomous community in places like Pontevedra, La Coruña, Vigo, Arosa… constituting an authentic sign of identity.
In this zone, we find numerous fishing and sport ports, cliffs, lighthouses, beaches and coquettish marine towns where we will be able to taste fresh delicacies that go directly from the sea to our plate.
The best-known dishes are Galician-style octopus, Galician stew and broth, empanadas, filloas (like pancakes), cream puff pastry, Galician veal… but you can’t miss the star dish par excellence: La Mariscada.
Taste the best prawns, clams, oysters, prawns and crabs you’ve ever tasted! 😋
And to accompany this banquet, nothing better than a glass of Queimada.
This unique and mysterious alcoholic beverage is composed of brandy, sugar, citrus and coffee beans. It is elaborated during a ritual where the concoction is wrapped in flames and a spell is recited to chase away the feared meigas (witches) and evil spirits.
Finally, have a tasty Cake of Santiago for dessert. A candy made with egg, almond and sugar that once you taste it, you will not stop eating during all your holidays. Be warned!😂
(It takes 1:00 hour from the Cíes Islands and 1:00 hour to return to Santiago).
Thermal Area of Chavasqueira.
After the excursion to the Cíes Islands and before resuming the way back to Santiago, you can relax and recover your strength by approaching the Thermal Zone of Las Pozas de Chavasqueira.
Next to the Miño River are these natural open-air swimming pools built in stone and surrounded by grass areas, suitable for bathing, with a constant temperature of about 38 ° C.
These hot springs have healing properties for both the skin and the locomotory system.
We have both public and free bathrooms and private spas with a price of around 4 or 5 euros.
Don’t miss this real pleasure for the senses!
Route for Day 3.
For your last day of escape, we propose you two incredible places: The Wall of Lugo and The Beach of the Cathedrals in Ribadeo.
We recommend that the order of the visits is marked by the Bajamar time on the beach. This coastline is most spectacular when the water leaves the sand visible and you can walk along with it.
Later we will explain to you how to organize your visit to this maritime area.
(1:20 hours’ drive from downtown Santiago)
The Walls of Lugo.
Surrounding the historic centre of the city of Lugo, you will find this impressive construction named World Heritage because it is the only Roman wall that has been preserved in its entirety all over the world.
A marvel that reflects the power of imperial Rome in a city full of temples, thermal baths and streets that retain all their splendor.
Walking along the top of this fortification of about 2 kilometres of route, 85 towers and 10 gates is a real experience…. and it’s free!👍
(to 1:00 hours of distance from the Walls of Lugo and to 2:00 hours of distance to return to Santiago).
The Beach of the Cathedrals.
We have left for the end one of our favourite places of Galicia. In the municipality of Ribadeo, we will find all a spectacle of Nature.
Famous for the curious wear of its cliffs, different caves and grottoes make up a landscape of those that remain engraved forever.
You can observe these formations for free from the trails and viewpoints of the coast. In the same way, you can access the beach, but a reservation is required during the high season of tourism (from 01 July to 30 September and Easter).
In low season it is open without restrictions.
On the official website of La Playa de las Catedrales, you can confirm your visit with and if you guide from 45 days before the date you choose and check the time of the tides, as you can only walk on the beach when the tide is low and allows it.
We finished our first post of this series of destinations for small getaways, with our essential route to know this piece of paradise located in northern Spain.
We hope it will help you and inspire you in choosing your next vacation.
If you don’t want to miss their charms, contact us, and we will help you find the best deals on flights, hotels and excursions.
Once you have read our post and know the wonders of this land…
Don’t you understand better now the feeling of Galician homesickness that its people suffer when they are away from home? 😉
We are real fans of Galicia, and we are sure that when you meet her, she will captivate you!
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Recuerda: Más importante que el viaje en sí, es lo que queda en el espíritu del viajero. (Miguel de la Quadra-Salcedo)
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If I had to define myself, I would say that I am a tireless lover of writing.
Trotamundos since I was 18 years old, these last 10 years I have combined my passion to know the world with my profession as a travel agent.
In this blog, I will transmit my knowledge through complete posts with the intention of helping you prepare your dream vacation.
I will describe my experiences through useful tips and you can consult any doubts that may arise.
Remember: More important than the trip itself, is what remains in the spirit of the traveler. (Miguel de la Quadra-Salcedo)