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Galicia, the rugged northwest corner of Spain, but with cliffs, coves and landscape it seems as un-Spanish as it can be. Between the tenth and seventh century BC Celtic tribes moved through this area and you can clearly recognize their Celtic roots from the music, customs and language. The landscape has an endless palette of fresh green colours.

You will stay in a selection of 86 impressive Paradores of Spain. These state hotels scattered throughout Spain are all located in special buildings such as ancient monasteries, palaces, medieval castles and magnificent residences. You will start in Verín. Then you will stay in Leon, Ferrol, Santiago de Compostela and Tui.

Day 1: Porto – Verin (ca. 175 km)
porto-3After arrival at Porto / Vigo or other airports, pick up your rental car and drive north. The first night takes place in the parador of Verín. The parador is in the village near Monterrei Verín and within walking distance of the castle of Monterrei. Verín is known for the Fariñadas (flour fights), which have become a festival held annually. The city is situated close to the Portuguese border and is surrounded by green hills.

verin-1Day 2 & 3: Verin – Leon (ca 225 km)
León has one of the most beautiful Paradores and guests will spend two nights here. The Parador was originally a monastery that housed pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela. Some interesting sights are; León Cathedral and the Royal Church of San Isidoro, each with its own museum. Casa Botines, the work of the famous Spanish architect Gaudi and the archaeological museum. You will stay two nights at the Parador de León.

Day 4: Leon – Ferrol (ca. 325 km)
Ferrol is 50 kilometers from La Coruña. The city was a fishing village which turned into a major port city and includes a military port. The city is full of contrasts and has the charm of a fishing village. Visit the defensive walls (La Cortina) from the 18th century, or the castles of San Felipe de la Palma. Parrador de Ferrol is within walking distance of Basilica and offers a nice view over the harbor.

Day 5: Ferrol – Santiago de Compostela (ca. 95 km)
santiago-1The old town of Santiago de Compostela is easily accessible and is largely car-free. Almost everything is centered around the cathedral, where you can enjoy the narrow, atmospheric streets and large squares. Many monuments were built for religious purposes. Because of the monuments the old town has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984.

The Route of St. James (Camino de Santiago) to the end point in the Galician city of Santiago de Compostela, has been one of the main pilgrimage routes for Christians in Europe for over a thousand years. In the atmospheric Santiago, pilgrims come every day because The Route of Saint James ends in the Cathedral of Santiago in the old town, which has been declared a UNESCO World World Heritage Site. Furthermore, Santiago has numerous parks and gardens that give the city its character.

The city is not the only place of interest, also in this region mountains and forests await you. You can enjoy nature and sports such as hiking, fishing or golfing. You will stay one night at the Parador of Santiago de Compostela or the Pousada de Santiago.

santiago-5Day 6 and 7: Santiago de Compostela – Tui (ca. 110 km)
Tui is a small town on the Portuguese border. The city is separated from Portugal by the river Mino. On the hill on the other side of the river is the Portuguese town of Valença. Tui and Valença lie opposite each other separated by the valley and the river. In Tui you can imagine yourself back in the Middle Ages, with its narrow streets and beautiful buildings. Until the 12th century the city was walled, but unfortunately many parts of the wall have been demolished, but one of the original gates (Pia) can still to be admired. In the historic center, the cathedral is well worth a visit. You will stay in the parador of Tui, the Parador is housed in an old building reminiscent of a medieval castle. The parador is surrounded by a large garden with a tennis court. From the garden you have great views of the cathedral and the old part of Tui. You will stay two nights at the Parador de Tui.

Day 7: Tui – Porto (ca. 120 km)
Today we head back to Porto and of course it is an absolute must for the last night of this journey, to stay in this amazing and historic town. We will reserve you a nice charming hotel in the center of Porto.

Day 8: Porto
Today you will travel back from Porto or you can relax in this beautiful city on the Costa Verde.

Daily arrivalPrice per Person
2019
01feb-31mar€ 450
01apr-30may€ 495
01jun-30sep€ 550
01oct-15dec€ 495

Included:

  • 08 days Self Drive Tour according to program
  • 07 nights in double room in Luxury Paradores incl. breakfast
  • Hotel taxes and Service charges (tourist taxes not included)
  • directions, maps and information in English including voucher package
  • prices are always per Person

Not included:

  • your flight / Choose & Book here Low Cost Flights
  • your carhire /Choose & Book here  Low Cost Car Rental 
  • entrance -and parking fees, fuel, road tax etc.
  • local tourist tax (payment on the spot)
  • other meals
  • supplement single room (on request)

 Notes: 

  • This trip can always be extended / shortened or adapted
  • upon reservation you will receive directly reserved hotel confirmations

 Notes: 

  • This trip can always be extended / shortened or adapted
  • upon reservation you will receive directly reserved hotel confirmations

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