The Gastronomy Of Galicia

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Run by: Wexas Travel

Reference number: 146166

From: £2750.00

Holiday overview

Having added Michelin stars and world-class wineries to its cosy taverns and atmospheric tapas bars, the cuisine of Spain’s northwest is starting to get the attention it deserves. It’s all predicated on a fertile natural world that ranges from vineyard-speckled hills that hide pretty medieval towns to a dramatic coastline that’s dotted with welcoming fishing villages. You’ll explore it all with the use of a private driver and the services of a regional gastronomic expert. Throughout your trip, they’ll be able to guide you between local markets, coastal seafood restaurants, backstreet tapas bars, cooking courses and winery tastings, while making sure you catch all of the region’s heritage highlights, including its Celtic hill forts and grand Romanesque cathedrals. There’s also plenty of room to tailor activities to your tastes, whether it’s making a reservation at a Michelin-starred restaurant or enjoying an island hike with a beach picnic.

Holiday itinerary

Day 1: UK/Santiago de Compostela

On arrival in Santiago de Compostela you’ll be met by your private driver and driven to your central parador. Often considered to be the world’s oldest hotel, it’s housed in a royal hospital whose beautifully carved cloisters and elegant reception rooms were first built to accommodate the city’s 15th century pilgrims. You’ll have the first day at leisure, with your dinner taken in what were your parador’s stables. Here, classic Atlantic cuisine is served under vaulted stone ceilings. The apple filloas crêpes are a real highlight.

Stay: Parador de Santiago de Compostela (Deluxe)

Day 2: Santiago de Compostela

This morning’s tour will centre around Santiago’s famous cathedral – a World Heritage Site that has attracted pilgrims for nearly a thousand years. At 75 metres in height, its Romanesque spires tier skywards, their grandeur only matched by its great gilded interior. From here, you’ll continue through the city’s medieval old quarter, strolling along the narrow, cobbled streets to stumble on centuries-old monuments and hidden basilicas. Your foodie education will then continue with a walking tour of the city’s storied market where you’ll taste your way through its finest tapas offerings. Of course, no introduction would be complete without that famous Galician octopus. And, come the evening, you’ll swap rustic favourites for fine dining classics, with a table reservation at a Michelin-starred restaurant in the old quarter.

Stay: Parador de Santiago de Compostela (Deluxe)

Day 3: Cambados

After breakfast, your specialist gastronomic guide will meet you with your driver to bring you on a tour of Santiago’s surrounds. You’ll start by heading to the Rías Baixas coast, passing through delightfully rural fishing villages to reach the region’s most impressive Celtic ruins – the hill fort of Castro de Baroña. You’ll then delve further into Galicia’s prehistory with a visit to Dolmen de Axeitos, a megalithic tomb, before taking your lunch at Corrubedo. At this charming fishing port, you’ll enjoy fresh seafood paired with a selection of Albariño white wines as you drink in the spectacular coastal views. You’ll then continue past Catoria’s 17th century fortifications to dip into the Rías Baixas wine region. Here, a pair of winery tasting visits will chart the region’s rich oenological history and innovative present. You’ll then finish in Cambados, a noble village that’s been selected, by the European Network of Wine Cities, as its Spanish destination for 2017. You’ll stay in a parador mansion, with the option of taking up another Michelin-starred evening meal.

Stay: Parador de Cambados (Superior)

Day 4: Vigo

Today’s touring will bring you back through those Galician’s fishing villages to Combarro – a real port jewel where traditional houses and stone granaries jut right over the bay. You’ll then take in Pontevedra and its old town maze of plazas and laneways where you can – time permitting – look round its Archaeology & Art Museum. Continuing down the coast, you’ll arrive at the O Morrazo Peninsula where you’ll enjoy a seafood lunch in one of its villages, taking in yet more beach views. In the afternoon, move on to the peninsula’s westernmost coast, pausing at Romanesque churches and historic lighthouses, including one that dates back to the Celts. The latter are best appreciated on an optional coastal walk, enjoying views over golden beaches and the Cíes Islands as you go. End the day in your luxurious hotel in Vigo, whose rooftop spa offers giant views across the bay and city. For dinner, you’ll be treated to an open kitchen demonstration of the innovative new cooking techniques that are transforming Galicia’s tapas cuisine.

Stay: Gran Hotel Nagari Boutique & Spa (Deluxe)

Day 5: Vigo

Today you’ll have three options, with the first being a gastronomic day spent in Vigo. You’ll begin with a tour of its fabled fish market before a walk through its historic streets brings you to a hands-on cooking course. Here, you’ll cook side by side with a Galician chef who’ll teach you the secrets behind the dishes you’ve enjoyed over the past few days. The result? A three-course lunch, paired with Albariño wines, of course. Your second option is a ferry trip out to the Cíes Islands for a day of hiking and white-sands relaxation. Your guide will bring you on a guided walk through the islands’ dramatic natural beauty, pausing at Roda Beach, rated the best beach in the world by The Guardian. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy your picnic lunch. Your final option is a day at leisure, with the chance to explore Vigo’s museums and shops at your own pace. Or, simply while away the afternoon in your hotel’s spa. 

Stay: Gran Hotel Nagari Boutique & Spa (Deluxe)

Day 6: Vigo

After breakfast, you’ll brush up against Portugal with a trip to the village of Tui. Located on the banks of the Miño River, its Gothic cathedral looks out to the Portuguese town of Valencia. You’ll then continue to the O Rosal Valley to sample its vineyard offerings before continuing to your seafood lunch in coastal A Guarda – a fishing village famed for its lobster. You’ll then make your way up to the summit of St. Tecla, a hill with panoramic views over the mountains of northern Portugal and the picturesque meeting of the Miño and the Atlantic. It’s even host to an ancient Celtic hill fort, complete with reconstructed huts and exhibited artefacts. Continuing along the coast, you’ll arrive at Baiona. It’s here that news of America’s ...

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