Galician Cooking, Food and Wine Tour Short Break based in Santiago de Compostela, Spain

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Galician Cooking, Food and Wine Tour Short Break based in Santiago de Compostela, Spain

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4 Days / 3 Nights

Santiago de Compostela

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A Special culinary and cooking tour of Spain based in Santiago de Compostela, capital of Galicia. You will get the chance to learn in-depth about the gastronomy of Galicia...
  • Santiago Market visit and Cooking Class
  • Learn how to dig the Clams in the Rias Baixas
  • Albariño Winery visit and tasting
  • Michelin-starred meals with up and coming Galician Chefs
  • Seaside and fishing village walks, etc...



General Overview

Country: Spain
Region: Galicia
City: Santiago de Compostela
Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Type: Chauffeur Driven Tour
Theme: Culinary and Cooking Holidays
Group Size: 2 to 6 People
Price from: 0,00€
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On this special culinary and cooking tour of Spain you will be based in Santiago de Compostela, the historic capital of Galicia on the Atlantic North-western coast of Spain. You will get the chance to learn in-depth about the gastronomy of Galicia by cooking side-by-side with an Expert Chef, in the Market of Santiago offering creative cooking in Galicia. The class will be based around traditional ingredients/products of the area.

Apart from the cooking lesson we will explore the historic monuments and local food market of Santiago, in addition to its surroundings so we can admire the lush inland countryside. Then follow  coastal Galicia. We will pass through small pilgrimage and fishing villages, visiting noble pazos (manors) to see the popular architecture of this region. As well along the way we will make culinary visits to see how the clams are dug up, wine is drank, etc.. and many other food related aspects of this rich land.

This tour is a slow-paced food/wine experience to get a chance to stroll along the ports, seaside pomenades and old streets while enjoying exclusive visits like to a winery making the highly-acclaimed Albarino white wines of the D.O. Rias Baixas. We will also dine in a few hand-picked restaurants with a mix of local flavors offering creative dishes based on fine local products, to traditional taverns right near the docks offering an abundance of fresh seafood (Spider Crab, Bay Prawns, Lobster, etc...) caught just that morning... delectable “finger-food”!

An Unforgettable Cooking Holiday on the Atlantic Coast of Spain

Day by day itinerary

DAY 1:


  • Arrival at  Santiago de Compostela the end of the Pilgrims` way and the capital of Galicia.
  • Private Transfer to your hotel in the old quarter of the city.
  • *Check-in Hotel (*After 02:00PM, if you arrive before you could leave your luggage with reception and check in later on that day).
  • The rest of today just relax and get ready for a packed day of culinary/cultural activities tomorrow.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • For dinner this evening we have booked you a table at hot spot  in the old quarter of Santiago.
  • Overnight in Santiago de Compostela.


DAY 2:

  • Breakfast.
  • Santiago Market Visit and Hands On Traditional Cooking class
  • 10:30AM: This morning meet in the lobby of the hotel your food/wine guide
  • We then walk though the ancient streets of Santiago until reaching the open-air market of Plaza Los Abastos which is the 2nd most important visit in Santiago after the Cathedral. 
  • Meet our local Chef an expert on Galician Gastronomy to see the daily catch and fresh vegetables that are brought into the market by the villagers who live close by Santiago.
  • Then enjoy a hands on cooking class at the cooking venue within the market
  • You will prepare with your chef… Tortilla de Patata (Spanish Tortilla-Omelette), Empanada Pie (either cod fish or pork whatever the group would prefer), Tarta de Santiago (Santiago Almond Cake)
  • You will have appetizer and vegetables accompanying the meal as well as drinks (water or wine)
  • Course will end in the market
  • Then we will meet with our history and art guide to learn all about Santiago´s old quarter and Pilgrimage Cathedral
  • We will visit the inside of this important Pilgrimage Cathedral as well as the Gelmirez Palace -One of the finest examples of Romanesque Spanish architecture- where we can see a medieval kitchen and dinning room with sculptures made by the famous Maestro Mateo and paintings on the walls of gastronomic scenes from the 12th Century. Then we will visit the balconies of the Cathedral to see the view of the Plaza de Obradoiro and old quarter below.
  • Ending back at the Cathedral then you have the rest of the afternoon to explore as you please
  • For Dinner we have booked you a table at a Michelin-starred restaurant. 
  • Overnight in Santiago de Compostela.


DAY 3:
SANTIAGO - CARRIL - CAMBADOS  (Salnes Valley Wine Country, D.O. Rias Baixas) -  A LANZADA - COMBARRO - SANTIAGO

  • Breakfast
  • Meet your food & wine guide and driver in the lobby of your hotel.
  • Today we will follow down the Rias Baixas coast land of the best Seafood and Albariño wines.
  • Starting out we will meet the local clam diggers who will show us how they dig the clams, etc.. the artisan way in the Ria de Arousa (Arousa Bay)
  • We will enjoy a tasting of gourmet canned seafood.
  • Then lunch will be in an innovative cuisine restaurant with young chef using new techniques with the excellent products from the sea in Galicia.
  • After lunch we will visit an Albariño winery (eg. Pazo Baion or similar) for a walk around the vineyards then in the cellar ending with a tasting.
  • We will also visit the wine town Cambados the heart of Albariño wine country either before or after lunch depending on how the morning goes.
  • Then further down the coast we stop at the beautiful beach of A Lanzada for a walk along the promenade to digest our lunch
  • Another stop this time for a walk around the traditional fishing port of Combarro 
  • Continue on by highway back to Santiago
  • Some free time before dinner
  • For dinner we will enjoy a tapas & wine tour of the best bars in the old quarter of Santiago.
  • We will visit 2-3 stops and try four wines and tapas, with little bites as well.
  • Overnight in Santiago de Compostela

B, L, D

DAY 4:

  • Breakfast
  • *Check-out of your hotel (*Before 12:00noon)
  • Private transfer to Santiago de Compostela Airport or Train Station (NOTE: If you would like to extend your vacation ask one of our specialists to offer a trip further down the coast to the Urban city of Vigo and the inland river banks of Galicia with excellent wine regions, or even down to Porto and explore northern Portugal. Going up north you could do a short break in A Coruña with other food experiences we offer, the list is endless! Let us know what you would like to add and we will tailor something to your needs)



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  • 03 nights accommodation at 5*, 4* or 3* City Centre Hotel (See Lodging)
  • 2 Days of excursions with Private English-Speaking Food/Wine Specialist Guide
  • Transportation for excursion to the Rias Baixas and Airport or Train Station transfers in Mercedes Benz E-Class (1 to 2 People), Mercedes Benz V-Class Minivan (3 to 6 People) or similar vehicle types.  Minibus on request for larger group sizes. (See Transportation)
  • (B): Breakfast Daily except day of arrival
  • (L): 2 Lunch which will be based a various course gourmet tasting menu on the Galician Rias Baixas Coast. 1 Lunch based on regional tapas and wines in the bars/taverns of the old quarter in Santiago
  • (DR): 2 Dinner *Table Reservation at a recommended restaurant (*What you order and consume must be paid directly this is a table reservation service only)
  • (CL): 1 Lunch (3-Course meal) with Galician wine and recipes in English. See Sample MENU...
  • 1st Course: Tortilla de Patata (Spanish Tortilla-Omelette)
  • 2nd Course: Empanada Pie (either cod fish or pork whatever the group would prefer)
  • 3rd Course (Dessert): Tarta de Santiago (Santiago Almond Cake)
  • Beverages: Vino Blanco (White Wines): Albariño, Godello or Ribeiro. Vino Tinto (Red Wines): Mencía from the Ribeira Sacra or from Monterrei. whichever selected by our chef to accompany.
  • 1 Galician Hands-on Cooking class at cooking venue in the market of Santiago
  • Recipes in English
  • Gift Apron to take home with you as a souvenir!
  • 1 Market visit in Santiago
  • 1 Visit to Albarino Winery with commented tasking of the wines produced
  • Learn how to dig clams with the local clam diggers in the Ria de Arousa (Arousa Bay)
  • Visit of the old quarter and Cathedral of Santiago
  • Any other entrance fees to sights specified in the itinerary
  • Detailed tour information package
  • Local Taxes 



  • Tips & Gratuities to Guides and Drivers
  • Airfare
  • Transfers not specified in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees not specified in the itinerary
  • Beverages not specified in selected meals 
  • Meals not specified in itinerary 
  • Passport & Visa fees 
  • Personal & Travel Insurance 
  • Optional excursions 
  • Room Service

Pick up

  • Santiago Airport
  • Santiago Train Station
  • Other locations on request

Drop off

  • Santiago Airport
  • Santiago Train Station
  • Other locations on request


  •  3 Nights (Santiago de Compostela): TBA we will post the hotel options soon.


  • Mercedes Benz E-Class Sedan for 1 to 2 People
  • Mercedes Benz V-Class Minivan for 3 to 6 People
  • Mercedes Benz Sprinter Minivan for larger group
  • Or similar vehicle types, larger buses on request