Dream Trip: Galicia
We will take you on 5 days trip to stunning Galicia. These are just a few examples of the rich heritage this paradise offers: its Celtic and Romanesque art, its stone walls, its immense Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Finisterre where the land ends, and the crystal clear beaches of the Cíes Islands. Moreover, the Galician traditions are reflected in its gastronomy. Galicia is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on both sides, making it one of the best seafood destinations in Spain. It’s a great way to try out new dishes and learn to love some of the more obscure sea creatures you may not have had the opportunity to try before. Pulpo, or octopus, is, of course, the most famous, but other things to try here include percebes, goose barnacles, and angulas, or baby eels.
Our hotels in Santiago de Compostela and Vigo
The hotels we select are carefully chosen so that you can relax and unwind while exploring the different cities. All hotels are taking strict safety measures regarding Covid-19 to ensure you have a safe and healthy trip. As they are all centrally located, guests can explore the city on foot or visit the many nearby restaurants.
We have two of the best hotels. We will spend 2 nights in Santiago de Compostela at the Hotel de 4**** OCA HOTELS with a wonderful garden and swimming pool. The other two nights we will sleep in Vigo at Hotel B&B. Both hotels are in the center and breakfast is included.
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Located at the end of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, Santiago de Compostela is filled with beautiful historic architecture and fascinating museums. The ancient city of Santiago has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. It stands out for being one of the three great pilgrimage centers of Christianity, along with Jerusalem and Rome, by pointing out the tradition that Saint James the Greater was buried there. Other historical buildings nearby the Cathedral include the Hostal dos Reis, the Casa do Cabido, the Monastery of San Paio de Antealtares, the Mercado de Abastos, and others.
Not far from Santiago we find Finisterre. The Romans thought that this was the earth’s westernmost point and therefore that the world ended here. Our gaze will be drawn to a sunset we have never seen before, framed by the endless Atlantic Ocean.
The city of Coruña has excellent museums, including the Fine Arts Museum, the Science Museum, the Domus, or the Archaeological Museum, located in the castle of San Antón. There is nothing more romantic and cozy than the San Carlos gardens, or if you prefer entertainment, the Méndez Núñez garden, located right in the center of the city. The city is perfect for strolling and enjoying one’s self, with beaches in the city center and, with the Tower of Hércules overlooking them, a promenade that almost wraps all the way around.
Jules Verne said that Captain Nemo’s best-kept secret is in Vigo. This amazing place is located in the Southern part of Galicia. Did you know that this is where the Nautilus submarine came to stock up on gold? In Vigo’s estuary, there are dozens of sunken ships loaded with gold from the Americas. Treasures that have not yet come to light. We may see significant monumental constructions such as the Medieval Bridge and the Pazo de San Roque while strolling through its streets. Vigo is a sea of flavors in and of itself. The best seafood in the Ría de Vigo, the churrasco, the Galician empanada, and the octopus à feira, can all be found here.
The Cíes Islands are the Vigo estuary’s greatest treasure: an amazing national marine-terrestrial park and one of the country’s most beautiful places, which is why the Romans named them the islands of the gods. The Cíes are part of the Atlantic Islands National Park, a beach paradise with crystalline waters and a natural setting that makes it a one-of-a-kind wildlife observatory. It’s also an excellent spot for scuba diving in the Vigo estuary, and with luck, you’ll be able to swim among the arroaces (native, smaller sized dolphins).
Pontevedra is situated in the ‘Rias Baixas’ (lower bays) of Galicia and is the region’s most southern sea-facing province. Pontevedra is historically famous, culturally rich, and has a significant number of architectural attractions worth seeing. Among its most outstanding buildings, we have the impressive Church of San Francisco, the Basilica of Santa María la Mayor, the Sanctuary of the Pilgrim, or the Museum of Pontevedra. Considered one of the best wines in the world, Albariño white wine is the perfect drink to pair the delicious seafood that you can taste in Pontevedra!
ISLA DE AROUSA
In the heart of the Ría de Arousa (Pontevedra) we find the Illa de Arousa, a small municipality of 5000 inhabitants living in one of the most privileged places in Galicia. The European Union declares it a Nature Reserve thanks to its 36 kilometers of coastline, of which eleven are beaches, with fine white sand. The most popular places of this Island are Faro Punta Cabalo, Mirador Con Do Forno,Playas de la Isla de Arousa, or Parque Natural de Carreirón.
ON THE WAY EXCURSIONS
This UNESCO World Heritage city is one of Spain’s most beautiful. Its elegant architecture and fascinating history offer visitors much to discover. Salamanca University is one of the oldest and best in Europe. Since the 13th century it has hosted many historical and literary giants such as Miguel de Cervantes, Christopher Columbus, Ignatius Loyola and Hernán Cortés. Known as the ‘living room’ of Salamanca, the arcaded Plaza Mayor is considered to be one of the most beautiful plazas in Spain. Built by the wealthy Churrigueras family in 1755 it is a stunning example of the aptly named Churrigueresque Baroque style.
Valladolid – the capital of Casilla y León. The historic center of Valladolid, the city on the Pisuerga River, is home to an interesting collection of Renaissance architecture comprising houses, palaces, and emblematic buildings such as the Cathedral, the College of San Gregorio (today the site of the National Sculpture Museum), and the church of San Pablo.
Travel material: Backpack, clothes, sunscreen, camera, etc.
Food and drink: Bottle of water, maybe snacks for the first day. You can buy food and visit restaurants there.
From: 259 €
First 10 places: 259 € (in two payments 59 + 200):
10 – 20 places: 269 € (69 + 200)
20-30 places : 279 € (79 + 200)
30-40 places : 289 € (89 + 200)
40-50 places: 299 € (99 + 200)
The maximum places are 50. Deadline is 27/03/22, after this date we cannot insure the same hotel or the same price!
How can you book the trip?
1.You can Book Online (Extra 2 euros)
2.In the office 09:00 – 14:00 (Plaza Honduras 26)
3.You can book on the Language Exchange meetings (19:30 – 22:00):
- Monday in Bigben, Plaza Honduras 36
- Thursday in Bigben, Plaza Honduras 36
We chose our hotels very carefully so that you have the best experience. Breakfast is included in all hotels, so we can start the day relaxed and go see a lot of things. Scroll down to learn more. In Santiago we are going to stay at Oca Hotels, and in vigo we are going to stay at Hotel B&B.
We have triple rooms but if you want to have a double room, they are € 6/night more or € 28 more for a single room.
– Private bus
– The best hotels with breakfast. See below the description
– Professional organization
– Guided tours (Optional)
– Ferry to the islands
If this description of our next trip has made you dream and travel a little bit, then don’t hesitate to join us and live your Erasmus to the fullest!