Galicia is famed for its gardens and flowers, especially the Camellia. Traditional Galician pazos, or manor houses, are dotted over the countryside and were once homes to kings and nobility, all having splendid gardens for us to visit.
See what's planned
- Visit of the Pazo de Rubianes and its gardens
- Guided visit of the pilgrimage city of Santiagio de Compostela
- Coastal and coutryside walks with splendid views and historical sites
- Beautiful springtime flora
- Boat trip on on one of the rias with wine tasting
Galicia is famed for its gardens with collections of exotic flowering plants such as camellias. Traditional Galician ‘pazos’ – manor houses – were once homes to the nobility and have magnificent ornamental gardens open to the public. The region has numerous paths criss-crossing the countryside offering gentle strolls through woods, alongside rivers and through vineyards. These paths meander through traditional villages, past old churches and the characteristic ‘horreos’ (grain stores on stilts), down to the coast
From our base, in the pedestrianized old town of Pontevedra, we shall visit the Pazo de Rubianes and the Pazo de Faramello with their formal gardens and visit the World Heritage City of Santiago de Compostela where we amble through the Parque de Alameda. We also offer walks along sections of the Portuguese ‘camino’, a tasting of the local Albariño wine whilst enjoying a leisurely boat trip on one of the ‘rias’ (coastal inlets) as well as visits to picturesque seaside towns
This is a different Spain. One of green hillsides, bubbling streams, picturesque coastlines and spectacular flora and fauna.
- Return flights from London Gatwick to Santiago de Compostela with Easyjet
- En suite accommodation with breakfast daily
- Airport and centre transfers
- Dinners taken at a mix of local restarants and our hotels
- All local transport, entrance fees and tipping to local providers
- Boat trip on one of Galicia's rias
- Visit to the Manolo Paz museum
- Lunch in Pontevedra
What's not included?
- Personal Expenses (such as your bar bill)
- Discretionary Tips
- Optional Excursions
- Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)
All Adagio holidays are expertly designed to allow you to immerse yourself in the destination. Leisurely exploration of the must-see, as well as lesser known, highlights together with relaxed enjoyment of local food and wines is what we have in mind.
There may be days of sightseeing on foot around a spectacular city or unchallenging strolls on easy terrain in open countryside interspersed with winery visits, guided tours, boat trips, cafe stops and traditional restaurants.
Our itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bear in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions or changes beyond our control. Distances, ascent/descent and timings are all approximate and refer only to the countryside walking element of each day.
Hotel Rias Bajas
We fly to Santiago de Compostela, in the north of the Galicia region, and transfer to Pontevedra by coach. The journey time is approx. 1 hour. After our early start, we have a relaxing day in the town, a light tapas lunch is included, and perhaps we'll make a visit to the market and a short orientation walk. Once we check in at the hotel, there will be time to relax before dinner.
Hotel Rias Bajas
Our walk today takes us to the pretty sea-side village of Combarro along one of the pilgrimage paths through vineyards and past the monastery of Poio.
Hotel Rias Bajas
We leave Pontevedra this morning by coach and travel south to the beautiful fortress town of Valenca do Minho, just across the border into Portugal. After our visit, we take a gentle walk from the fortress, with time to see the ramparts and churches, as we walk back into Spain, to Tui, across the Minho River. The cathedral city of Tui is in sight as we walk. From here, we drive to the beautiful bay of Baiona, for free time for lunch and to discover the town. We continue to the Castle of Monterreal and the Parque de Castro with splendid sea views on our way back to Pontevedra..
Villanova de Arousa
Hotel Rias Bajas
Our coach will take us to the village of Armenteira, where we follow the path of Piedra y Agua along the river, (6kms; descent of 250m; 3 hours) seeing ancient watermills as we go. We stop for free time for lunch at the town of Villanova de Arousa before visiting the Pazo de Rubianes, a Ducal palace from the 1700s with spectacular botanical gardens and vineyards.
Hotel Rias Bajas
We start the day with a short drive to the sea-side town of Cambados to visit the Manolo Paz museum, dedicated to the famous Galician sculptor. The gardens have splendid views over the coast. We follow this with an enjoyable walk that takes in the National Park of Ons, along the coast, which is known for its birdlife and we'll also sees the Praza de Fefinans, the Old Town, walk past the fishermen quarters and onto the spectacular ruins of Santa Marina and San Sadurnino Tower. There will be free time for lunch during the day's activities.
Santiago de Compstela
Hotel Rias Bajas
Our morning, guided visit of Santiago de Compostela takes us through the old streets seeing the architecture and Obradoiro square and a visit to the newly restored cathedral (recently reopened after 2 years of work) and the Alameda Gardens, a green space within the city noted for its trees and flowering plants. We make a visit this afternoon to the Pazo de Faramello for a guided visit of the the 18th century building and gardens.
O Grove and La Toja
Hotel Rias Bajas
Our walk today, follows part of the Padre Sarmiento Route, that runs along the coast between the resorts of Sanxenxo to Lanzada beach, famed for its incredible dunes. Our walk starts in the coastal town of San Vicente do Mar, where we join the boardwalk with views onto striking, jagged boulders stretching out of the ocean, and towards the islands of Salvora and Cies. We continue onto easy, dirt paths and pass stretches of lovely beaches and finish at a mirador (look out point). We take our transport to the town of O Grove, (10 minutes) where we have free time for lunch before we take a boat trip on the ria and visit a mussel farm and taste the locally produced Albariño wines. We return back to Pontevedra for our final evening.
After breakfast we leave for Santiago de Compostela airport for the flight to the UK.
Walks & Excursions
We use a mix of privately hired vehicles, taxis, and public transport which gives us some flexibility in our itinerary. We have a wonderful programme of walking, sightseeing and visits planned to let you fully experience the area along with opportunities to relax at our wonderful hotel and enjoy your surroundings.
Local transport costs, entrance fees and tips to local providers are included in your holiday price. You may wish to budget for any meals and drinks not included in the holiday arrangements, non-included entrance fees and any optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
The currency in Spain is the euro. ATMs are widely available in the larger towns and villages and most establishments accept credit/debit cards. You may wish to take some euro in cash with you for the first day or so until you locate a bank.
We include tips in the holiday cost and your Adagio Leader will take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. If you feel that someone has gone out of their way to make your holiday enjoyable or help you in anyway, please feel free to give a personal tip to the person should you wish. If you are having an independent lunch or other service not included in the holiday arrangements, tipping is at your own discretion.
We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.
An Adagio Leader will accompany you throughout the holiday. They are all experienced travellers with a love for exploring and will help capture the true essence of the destination with their stories, knowledge and insights. They are well-organised, pay great attention to detail and enjoy being with people. They are there to help make your holiday as enjoyable and stress free as possible.
Leaders Evening Briefing
Your Adagio Leader will discuss the programme for the following day with the group at each evening briefing. This will be your opportunity to find out more details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. Also, if you have any questions or concerns on clothing or lunch arrangements, this can be discussed then. If you wish to opt out of the organised group programme, this is fine, just let your Leader know.
Visiting historical sites, churches or museums are much more rewarding with a local guide. They give an insight to the local culture, language and traditions and can bring a destination alive. Many of our Adagio holidays include a knowledgeable English speaking guide on at least one of the days. Please refer to your daily itinerary to see where a guide is included.
Getting to your Holiday
We fly from London to Santiago de Compstela and return with Easyjet. The flight takes about 2 hours. The transfer from the airport on arrival to our hotel is approx. 1 hour.
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements
If you wish to organise your own flights from either a non-UK or UK regional airport, or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. If you choose to do this, before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at the hotel. Although airport/train station transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport/train station, depending on your flight/train arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight/train must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight/train to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight/train number, arrival time and departure point so that your Adagio Leader is able to meet up with you.
Luggage Allowance & Tickets
When booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday with us, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
Please ensure that the personal details we have on file for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements.
Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to accurately manage your holiday booking are correct at the time of booking (including health and dietry requirements). You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.adagio.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 386700. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport page (with your photo on). Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country. Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.
Brexit Passport Advice
You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.
If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.
You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.
Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance.
UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.
The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.
In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit
Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.
This holiday is on a half board basis. Buffet breakfasts will be taken at the hotel and dinners will be taken at local restaurants within walking distance of our hotel, giving the opportunity to try the excellent local cuisine (except on our first day, when we eat at our hotel). Fish and seafood dishes are popular in Galicia. Dinners will be three courses and include wine and water. Please note that it is the custom in Spain, especially out of the main tourist areas, to eat dinner from 20:30 onwards.
We also include lunch in the programme, on Day 1. This will be a light tapas lunch. Lunches on other days are not included allowing you the opportunity to eat at local cafes or restaurants. Your leader will also advise you on where to purchase picnic supplies.
Footwear & Kit List
Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.
General Kit List
We recommend you bring the following items with you:
- Walking boots or shoes with a good sole and waterproof uppers.
- Waterproof jacket and trousers. It does rain sometimes!
- A sunhat, fleece hat and gloves… to cover all weather eventualities.
- Sun cream.
- Hand sanitiser
- Swimwear in case there is time for swimming if the hotel has a pool
- A water bottle. (see Water-to-Go below)
- A picnic knife, fork and spoon, as required.
- A simple basic first aid kit.
- A daypack to hold all the above.
- Trekking poles (if you usually walk with poles)
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
Travel Document Checklist
To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information with you:
- Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
- Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
- Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
- Holiday currency
- Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
- Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
- Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
- Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
- Your travel insurance details
- Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
- Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
- A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
- Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about
Electricity in Spain
Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/
Maps & Guidebooks
The following books cover the area that we feature in this holiday :
- Eyewitness Travel – Northern Spain
- Rough Guides Snapshot Spain - Galicia
The Map Shop
If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:
The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
Tel: 01684 593 146
E-mail: [email protected]
If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.
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Staying Healthy on Holiday
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Spain
You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.
Further Health Advice
For further advice please visit:
You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
It is a condition of booking with Adagio that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the trip, including all optional activities.
Your travel insurance policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation. Please ensure your policy covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are walking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover are not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.
Looking for travel insurance cover?
If you have not already arranged cover, please visit SunWorld who offer travel insurance.
SunWorld policies include cover for COVID-19, subject to applicable terms and conditions.
Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.
It is important to ensure while purchasing insurance that you are insured for guided walking upto 1000m.
We're committed to operating responsible tours in all our destinations as best we can. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel Ltd’s (inc Adagio) profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public.
In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way.
We welcome all comments about our holidays and value ideas for future holidays. If you have provided us with an email address we will invite you to complete an online questionnaire or to add feedback to our page on the independent review site 'Feefo'.
Please note that this Holiday Information sheet may be periodically updated and reissued.
In most cases the revisions will be minor and the overall nature of the holiday will remain unchanged. Should we make a major change to your holiday arrangements between you booking your holiday and your date of travel we will notify you to specifically draw your attention to any significant change.
We suggest that you may want to review the latest version of this Holiday Information Sheet online prior to travel.
Please note that any advertised offers, benefits or initiatives may be discontinued at any time.