Guided tours starting from A Coruña. Though Galicia's most famous sights are the cities of Santiago de Compostela and A Coruña, what makes Galicia an essential stop on your Spanish vacation is the landscape, the villages and the stunning Rias, the sunken valleys that adorn the coast to the north and west (the Rias are often described as 'estuaries', but this isn't strictly true as not all of the Rias lead to rivers).
Santiago de Compostela is the destination for most people on the Camino de Santiago (except for those who continue to Fisterra - see below). It has one of the oldest and most impressive cathedrals in Spain and is an essential stop if you are visiting Galicia.
Fisterra (Finisterre in Galician) was just about the most westerly point of the Roman empire and was believed to be the end of the world. The fierce weather experienced here led credence to the Roman's sense of geography.
In addition to visiting Fisterra, you will also see the villages of Noia, the 14th Century Pontenafonso Bridge, Muros and Carnota, which has Galicia's longest beach and largest stone granary.
Three-course lunch is included. There is an alternative tour of the Coast of Death further down the page, but it misses out Fisterra, meaning that this tour is the better of the two.
On this tour you'll visit Cedeira (at the foot of an impressive mountain range), San Andres de Teixido (on one of the highest cliffs in Europe), the port town of Ortiguera, the old wall, medieval streets and churches of Viveiro, and el Parque de Chavin, a riverside natural park with the oldest eucalyptus trees in Spain.
On this tour you'll visit Padron, before crossing the medieval bridge over the River Ulla to Pontescures, followed by a stop at Carril and Vilagarcia de Arousa, before continuing to Cambados and Fefinanes Palace, famous for the Albarino wine cellars located in this area, and onto O'Grove, which is known as "The Paradise of the Shellfish" because of the high quality of its seafood. After that, visit the island of A Toxa, the famous fishing village of O'Grove and the beach of Lanzada, followed by Combarro and finally a stop in the city of Pontevedra.
Stop at Pazo de Meiras, a manor house that belonged to former dictator Franco (and still owned by his family, the fishing port of Sada, the medieval town Betanzos, with its impressive examples of medieval architecture such as the churches of Santa Maria de Azogue, Santiago or San Francisco, a walk in the 9,126-hectares of forest at the Fragas do Eume Nature Park.
Later, a stop at Pontedeume a small fishing town founded in 1271 before a picturesque drive back to A Coruña.
Departure from A Coruna to the thermal spa village of Guitiriz and then on to Lugo, a medieval city which was the capital of Roman Galicia. Enjoy a walking tour along the historic old city and its Roman wall built in the 3rd century (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Take a visit to the Romanesque cathedral and to the Provincial Museum of Lugo which houses a number of Roman and Medieval artifacts. You then have some free time in Lugo.
Next stop is the 15th century Castle of Narla before finishing your at the Sobrado Dos Monxes Monastery, founded by Count Hermenegildo in the 10th century, finally returning to A Coruña.
An alternative tour of the Costa de Morte. You don't visit the Cape of Fisterra, but you do see the Batanes de Mosquetin to see the 18th century wool & linen mills, Muxia, a small fishing town, the sanctuary of Nosa Señora Da Barca, the lighthouse at Cabo Vilan where you can admire an impressive view over the Costa da Morte, the fishing vilage of Camarinas, where women still work on the traditional lace handiworks of the region.
Later, visit the summer resort of Laxe, with a long sandy beach some buildings from the 14th century, the cliff-top town of Malpica a visit to Buno to see the traditional ceramics being made.