Discovering the Rias Altas Day Tour from Santiago de Compostela

 
 
rias-altas-tour.jpg San Andres Teixido
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Private Tour

Full Day (Duration: 9hrs - 10hrs. approx.)

Santiago de Compostela

Price from: 480.00 euros

 
On this full day excursion from Santiago de Compostela you will enjoy a fantastic tour discovering Rias Altas: San Andres de Teixido, Ferrol, Coruna...
 
Highlights
 
  • English-Speaking driver and guide separate or driver-guide  and fully equipped transportation.
  • Discover some Galician gems such as virgin beaches and Galician-style sailor villages
  • Enjoy the breathtaking views from San Andres de Teixido and learn about the strange legends
  • Explore Ferrol, a complete surprise for the traveller, and A Coruna, where you can find the longest beach promenade in Europe.
 
 

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General Overview


Country: Spain
Region: Galicia
City: Santiago de Compostela
Duration: Full Day (Duration: 9hrs - 10hrs. approx.)
Type: Full Day Tour Private
Theme: Private Shore and Chauffeur Guided Excursions
Group Size: 1 -7 people
Price from: 480.00€
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Introduction

On this excursion from Santiago de Compostela you will enjoy a full day tour discovering some of the most important places of the  Rias Altas.

Before arriving to our first stop, Cedeira, we will see some beautiful beaches like Vilarrube, Pantin (The most popular surf spot in Galicia, home to an annual pro contest) and Valdovino, where we can find the Lagoon of Valdovino. Cedeira is a traditional sailor village, with a unique old town composed of small and beautiful houses, narrow streets, etc.

After Cedeira, we will go to San Andres de Teixido, one of most important places of cult and pilgrimage in Galicia. Here, strange rituals and the. annual festival of the dead take place. This tiny sanctuary is perched on the dramatic cliff tops of northern Galicia amidst stunning scenery and wild landscapes,  resulting in spectacular views. 

San Andres (St Andrew) was supposed to have many powers such as curing diseases or protecting cattle and crops.

There’s a brilliant old saying in the village – ‘If you don’t visit San Andres de Teixido when you’re alive, you’ll go dead’. Bottom line, a visit to the village can save your soul and, best of all, you could be reincarnated as a lizard, snake, bird or toad. As a result all animals in the village are never harmed.

Then we will visit Ferrol. Ferrol is a surprise for the traveler: from our wonderful beaches, surf paradise, to the unique heritage of Ferrol of the Enlightenment, which aspires to be a World Heritage Site, passing through the best Holy Week in Galicia, declared of Tourist Interest International. In Ferrol we do not forget our first visitors: pilgrims from northern Europe and the British Isles, who arrived in the Middle Ages by sea to the port of Ferrol to carry out the English Way to Santiago de Compostela. The city has also been a major naval shipbuilding centre for most of its history, being the capital of the Spanish Navy's Maritime Department of the North since the time of the early Bourbons. 

San Felipe Castle is a magnificent example of military architecture. It stands very close to the narrowest area in the Ferrol’s estuary. In front of it lies the Castle of La Palma situated on the narrowest area in the Ferrol’s estuary

Our last stop will be A Coruna. Its city center extends over a peninsula linked to the mainland by a narrow isthmus and therefore has two different sides: the port and the other open to the sea, towards the Orzán cove, over which the main urban beaches extend (Riazor and Orzan).

The main landmark of A Coruna is the tower of Hercules. The Tower of Hercules is the oldest Roman lighthouse in the world and the only one that remains in service. It was most likely built in the second half of the 1st century by an architect from Coimbra named Gaius Saevius Lupus. Its light has always been a reference point for travellers. The Tower was declared an area of cultural interest in 1931 and a world heritage site in 2009. The Tower of Hercules has always been linked to the Celtic culture and it has been source of myths and legends, tales that have been transmitted from generation to generation over the centuries and it’s closely related to the origins of the city. 

A Coruna also has the longest beach promenade in Europe with more than 13 kilometres in length that surrounds the city.

We can also find very interesting and interactive museums such as Science Museums (DOMUS, Casa de las Ciencias), Aquarium, MUNCYT…

Day by day itinerary

DAY 1: SANTIAGO - SAN ANDRES DE TEIXIDO - FERROL -A CORUNA - SANTIAGO

  • OPTION 1: driver/guide or OPTION 2: driver and guide separate will meet you at your hotel hotel or cruise ship port.
  • Departure from Santiago
  • We will visit some virgin beaches and Galician-style sailor villages
  • Then we will go up to San Andres de Teixido, where there is a shrine full of strange legends and myths.
  • The next stop will be Ferrol, a complete surprise for the traveller and also one of the starting points of the English Way to Santiago de Compostela.
  • The last stop of this full day trip will be A Coruna, where you can find the longest beach promenade in Europe with more than 13k. Also, you will have the chance to visit the Tower of Hercules, the oldest Roman lighthouse in the world that still remains in use nowadays and main landmark of the city
  • Return to Santiago

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Prices and Dates

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From
480.00€
(Price per group)
 
 

Included

  • Transportation in fully-equipped vehicle  (See Transportation section)
  • OPTION 1: driver/guide or OPTION 2: driver and guide separate
  • Local Taxes

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Departure and return from/to Santiago up to a maximum of 450km

Excluded

  • Tip and Gratuities to guide.
  • 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.

Pick up

  • Santiago city hotels
  • Santiago airport
  • Santiago train station
  • Other locations for pick up available on request

Drop off

  • Santiago city hotels
  • Santiago airport
  • Santiago train station
  • Other locations for pick up available on request

Cancellation policy

  • Up to 48 hrs before: Fully Refundable
  • Under 48 hrs : 100% Non-Refundable

Lodging

Transport

Transportation in a fully-equipped Van

Map

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