Plans for visiting Green Spain for a week or more
We suggest a route from east to west covering the four regions that make up part of Green Spain: the Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia. The route starts and finishes near two important airports with several international connections: Bilbao, and Santiago de Compostela.
There is also an option to travel through this area on the tourist train. This is the Transcantábrico Train, which connects Bilbao (Basque Country) with Santiago de Compostela (Galicia).
DAY 7 – Santiago de Compostela in Galicia
- 1 Donostia – San Sebastián
- 2 Bilbao
- 3 Santander
- 4 Altamira
- 5 Picos de Europa National Park
- 6 Oviedo
- 7 Gijón
- 8 Ribeira Sacra
- 9 Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela
Distance from Monforte de Lemos: about 120 kilometres. How to get there: about one hour and 45 minutes by car taking the AP-53 motorway. There is also a train connection from Monforte de Lemos. Santiago de Compostela has an international airport located 14 kilometres from the centre.
Morning in the old town and the cathedral
Santiago de Compostela is the finish line of the Camino de Santiago and the cathedral is its must-see monument. Start your visit by strolling around the squares surrounding the cathedral and by exploring the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to take in the atmosphere of the city. The areas to visit include Plaza del Obradoiro, Plaza de la Inmaculada, Plaza de Platerías, Rúa Nova and Rúa do Vilar. You can then go into the cathedral. After this, you can walk down Rúa do Franco and take a seat in any of the numerous restaurants to try Galician delicacies such as octopus “á feira”, empanadas, pork shoulder and delicious seafood.
Relaxing evening with views
The city has several viewpoints with beautiful views. For example, the parks of San Domingos de Bonaval and Alameda. The former offers unique perspectives for your photos. It is also home to the Museum of Galician People and the Galician Centre of Contemporary Art. The latter, Alameda, is where you can enjoy one of the best sunsets in Santiago de Compostela.
More ideas in Galicia close to Santiago de Compostela
- - Visit the Islas Atlánticas National Park, which the Romans regarded as “the islands of the Gods”. The regular boat tour service runs during summer. We recommend checking in advance during the rest of the year. You must also request permission before purchasing a boat ticket. You can find more information here. - Walk along the coast of the Rías Baixas and stop in small villages such as Muros (typical small Galician fishing village), Cambados (known as the capital of Albariño white wine, which is popular in the area), O Grove (with the A Lanzada beach and viewpoints such as Con da Hedra) and Combarro (a unique place to discover the traditional raised granaries). - Head out to a Roman lighthouse that is still in operation. This is the Tower of Hercules, located in A Coruña (75 kilometres from Santiago de Compostela) and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. - A tour of the Galician lighthouses, from the end of the world to the Las Catedrales beach: the Cabo de Fisterra was considered to be the end of the world by the Romans. It is about 85 kilometres from Santiago de Compostela. The landscape next to its lighthouse is spectacular and is a good starting point for heading north on the route, crossing the Costa da Morte and reaching the famous A Catedrais beach (Ribadeo). Along the route you can see the lighthouses of Muxía, Laxe, Punta Candelaira and Punta Roncadoira. It takes around six and a half hours in total by car.
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