This part of undiscovered Spain has a stunning coastline, dotted with small islands, hidden nooks and crannies, cliffs, beaches and small historic villages all against the backdrop of the mountain scenery of Cantabria and Galicia in north west Spain. We also make a visit to the legendary Holy City of Santiago de Compostela – a World Heritage site with its magnificent buildings and beautiful squares.
Destination Coach Holiday Highlights and Itinerary
Mid-morning departure for Portsmouth for overnight sailing to Santander. Cruising on the Pont-Aven, Brittany Ferries flagship is like taking a holiday in itself. Its stunning features including a superb pool and leisure area with a promenade for pleasant deck strolls. Settle in to your cabin then relax and enjoy the on board facilities.
Galicia’s unspoilt villages, secluded beaches and delightful scenery
Galicia, situated in north-western Spain, is an area of great diversity, but there are two things that make it stand out: first, the seafood is among the best in the world, and second, the beauty of its rugged landscape, which is reminiscent of the wilds of Scotland, and reflects the strong celtic connections of the Region. There are untouched medieval villages, contemporary and upbeat cities, beautiful beaches and gorgeous green valleys. The fishing villages, estuaries and picturesque islands lend themselves to luxurious cruising experiences, and everywhere there is great food and wine to be had.
Santiago De Compostela
The most famous capital of Galicia, Santiago De Compostela, is where the route of the famed Camino de Santiago pilgrimage culminates at the imposing Cathedral (reputed to house the remains of St James). A fascinating mix of old and new, the Old Town comprises a charming mix of granite streets, historic churches, the oldest University in Europe, museums and art galleries, alongside a wide variety of interesting shops, cafes and restaurants, both contemporary and traditional.
Island of La Toja, Estuary cruise, lovely bays and islands
The Island of La Toja is a small, up market destination, much of which has been protected from urban development. It is reached via an elevated carriageway which connects it to the mainland. Of particular note is the shell encrusted church, which is covered with local shells from ground to eaves.
Pretty coastal town of Baiona
Situated in a sheltered spot on the Monterreal Peninsula, Baiona is situated on the Camino pilgrimage route to Santiago de compostela. Baiona is a picturesque fishing port with a medieval centre, with its Old Town situated opposite the harbour, and containing well preserved historic buildings, warm and welcoming cafes and restaurants in narrow cobbled streets. The medieval walled fortress of Monterreal entices one to stroll along the walls and view the entire area of Galicia.
Sea-faring village of Combarro
A pretty coastal fishing village, dating from the 19th century, and situated on the Ria de Pontevedra. The town is renowned for its charming combination of traditional house and granaries, and of particular note are the eight crosses, usually situated the roadsides, or in the village squares. These crosses usually depict the Virgin Mary looking out to sea, and Christ looking to the ground.
Picturesque Santillana Del Mar
Considered to be one of the greatest cultural highlights of Galicia, Santillana Del Mar is an almost perfectly preserved marvel of medieval architecture. The Collegiata (St Juliana’s collegiate church) was built on the site of an old hermitage in the 12th Century, and the village grew between the 14th and 18th Centuries. It’s distinctive charm lies in the perpetually flowered balconies, the intriguing nooks and traditional shops selling local confectionary and other tempting products. To add to its charm, the only way to access all of Santillana Del Mar is on foot.
Pretty village of Comillas
Comillas is a small but lively township 16 km west of Santillana and situated across several hilltops. It is renowned for its unusual and distinctive architecture, and in addition boasts a tiny fishing port, a beautiful beach and a quaint cobbled town centre with plenty of restaurants and bars.
Ancient castle town of Valenca, Portugal
Valença is a walled town situated on the River Minho which forms a natural border between Portugal and Spain. The Fortress which dominates the town was initially constructed as part of Portugal’s main defence against invasion from Spain. One of the most impressive fortifications in Northern Portugal, the Fortress battlements enclose the entire historic centre of Valença, providing the best views of the region, and the best of the local historic architecture. The historic centre also features shops selling linen and linen products.
Wine/water ad tea/coffee included with dinner
In both of our hotels on this tour, wine and water is included with each evening meal, making it great value for money.
This morning we leave Reboredo and travel along the lovely north coast road to arrive in Santander with some free time to explore before checking in with Brittany Ferries for the evening sailing to Plymouth.
Homeward bound (Thursday)
The ferry arrives in Plymouth late afternoon and we make our way homewards, arriving back mid-evening.
HOTEL BOSQUE MAR, REBOREDO
In a delightful, quiet situation in a small village the family run 3* Bosque Mar is just 400yds through the pines from a delightful cove and beach. All bedrooms are en-suite and have TV and balcony. There is a restaurant, cafeteria and bar, outdoor and indoor swimming pools and Jacuzzi. There are beautiful gardens linking the hotel with tropical plants, ponds and bridges. Full buffet breakfast with 3 course dinners and a warm welcome from the family.
Included in price
7 nights DBB in hotel (including wine & water)
2 nights on board ship with 2 berth en-suite inside cabin (bunk-style)
SUPPLEMENTS AVAILABLE: Single Room/cabin £128. Cabin supplement on overnight ferry (return): inside cabin with twin beds £45. Outside cabin, twin beds £70.