TWO DAYS IN GALICIA: FROM FINISTERRE TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
We will explore Galicia, from its coast to its hinterland, following the pilgrim route in reverse, amid breathtaking sea views and picturesque villages, to Santiago de Compostela, the region’s spiritual and religious hub.
- Coast of Death
- Cascada del Ezaro waterfall
- Noia: dinner in hotel and folklore show
- Visit Noia
- Santiago de Compostela: stroll around the centre
- Santiago Cathedral (optional mass)
- Tapas and Galician wine tasting
- Return to the ship in Vigo
- We leave the port behind us by coach and travel along the dramatic Coast of Death – named for the many shipwrecks in its waters – which offers enchanting views of the Atlantic from a succession of inaccessible cliffs, verdant landscapes and beaches lapped by the impetuous waves of the sea.
- Our first stop is Muxía, the final stage of the pilgrim route after the famous goal of Santiago de Compostela. This seaside resort is famous for the church of Nosa Señora da Barca, built on a promontory, where, according to tradition, the Madonna is said to have appeared to Saint James.
- We then arrive at Finisterre, literally the “end of the earth”, as the promontory was once believed to be the final frontier of the known world. Here the vast Atlantic Ocean opens up before us and, faced by its immensity, we will have the chance to understand why this place has been a magnet for travellers and pilgrims for centuries.
- We will continue our journey to a place that is unique in Europe: the village of Ezaro, where the Xallas river flows straight into the sea as a waterfall, creating a breathtaking landscape surrounded by lush nature.
- The final stop on our first day is the village of Noia, where we will be staying in a charming country hotel. After settling into our rooms, we will enjoy a dinner of traditional dishes and bring our full and busy day to an end by watching a folklore show.
- After breakfast we will visit the centre of Noia, home to interesting Gothic-style monuments, such as the 15th-century church of San Martiño.
- We will then continue our journey on to Santiago de Compostela, one of the most important religious sites in the whole of Spain and a pilgrimage destination since the Middle Ages.
- Our coach will drop us off for a stroll around the centre: we will cross Plaza del Obradoiro, surrounded by magnificent buildings and dominated by the stunning façade of the famous cathedral, before taking the medieval alleyways to admire the ancient seat of the university and many other sights of interest that add to the charm of his extraordinary town.
- We will finish our walk with a visit to Santiago Cathedral, dedicated to Saint James, with its Romanesque structure enriched over the centuries by Gothic, Renaissance and especially Baroque elements. We will also have the opportunity to attend mass.
- The excursion ends with a tapas and Galician wine tasting, our farewell to Galicia before we return to Vigo, where our ship is docked.
Good to know
- The tour lasts two days.
- The tour includes a basket lunch prepared by the ship’s staff to be eaten on the first day.
- Dinner on the first day, breakfast and lunch on the second day are included in the price of the excursion.