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Rías Altas

Visit one of the steepest and most spectacular coasts in Europe. Landscapes that will be engraved on your retina forever

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79,00

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Departure time

8:30

Return time

18:30

Meeting point

Plaza de Galicia. Justo en la esquina del Banco Santander al lado del Hotel Compostela

Included

Accredited official tour guide for the whole day, transport and compulsory insurance.

Not included

Tips

What to bring

Comfortable footwear and clothing appropriate to the weather conditions.

Languages

English, Spanish (check availability of Portuguese, Italian and French)

Audio guides

Free of charge (ask for them at the time of booking)

Important information

Accessible tour for people with reduced mobility, ask about the possibility of transporting pushchairs, wheelchairs and suitcases.

  • 1
    Santo André de Teixido

    Our first destination is Santo André de Teixido, probably the most magical place in Galicia. We will see there the old chapel that is the destination of a pilgrimage with a lot of history in Galician territory, in fact, tradition says that "He who is not alive goes dead to San Andrés de Teixido." We will also discover the tradition of wax ex-votos and small and colourful "sanandresiños" made with bread crumbs. In short, we will visit an important piece of the history and legend of Galicia.
  • 2
    Vixia Herbeira

    From San Andrés we will leave in an even further norther direction and travelling through the Capelada mountain range, between wild horses and cows in the wild, we will reach the Vixia Herbeira Garita. The hut is located in the highest place of the Sierra de la Capelada where the wind is the undisputed protagonist. With its 620 metres in height, it forms the highest cliff in Continental Europe, with a fall of more than 80% inclination.
  • 3
    Cabo Ortegal

    Then we continue to the end of Cape Ortegal and, there, we will come across one of the most spectacular and photographed lighthouses in the Iberian Peninsula. The contrast between the white and red colours of the lighthouse, the blue of the ocean and the gigantic and pointed rocks that emerge from the waters (the "Aguillóns") is striking here.
  • 4
    Barqueiro

    We leave the lighthouse bordering the Ortigueira estuary, we cross the towns of Cariño and the town of Ortigueira itself on the way to the next estuary, that of O Barqueiro. Precisely O Barqueiro is the name of the town where we will stop to eat. It is a small fishing village, one of the most beautiful towns in Galicia. A beautiful corner of the coast in one of the smallest estuaries in Galicia.
  • 5
    Punta estaca de Bares

    After this stop to replenish forces we will continue to discover the northernmost point of the Iberian Peninsula, the Cape of Punta Estaca de Bares. This place, in addition to offering us an exceptional panorama, is the place where the Atlantic Ocean and the Cantabrian Sea are considered to be located. The photo with the monolith showing the latitude of the place is essential, 43o47.173'.
  • 6
    Banco de Loiba

    Finally, before embarking on the way back, we will visit one of the best known points of this area of high rias in recent years, the Bank of Loiba, better known as "the best bank in the world" an absolutely charming place.

We leave Santiago de Compostela at 8:30 in the morning and head north, towards the steep coasts of the Rías Altas.

Our first destination is Santo André de Teixido, probably the most magical place in Galicia. We will see there the old chapel that is the destination of a pilgrimage with a lot of history in Galician territory, in fact, tradition says that “He who is not alive goes dead to San Andrés de Teixido.” We will also discover the tradition of wax ex-votos and small and colourful “sanandresiños” made with bread crumbs. In short, we will visit an important piece of the history and legend of Galicia.

From San Andrés we will leave in an even further norther direction and travelling through the Capelada mountain range, between wild horses and cows in the wild, we will reach the Vixia Herbeira Garita. The hut is located in the highest place of the Sierra de la Capelada where the wind is the undisputed protagonist. With its 620 metres in height, it forms the highest cliff in Continental Europe, with a fall of more than 80% inclination.

Then we continue to the end of Cape Ortegal and, there, we will come across one of the most spectacular and photographed lighthouses in the Iberian Peninsula. The contrast between the white and red colours of the lighthouse, the blue of the ocean and the gigantic and pointed rocks that emerge from the waters (the “Aguillóns”) is striking here.

We leave the lighthouse bordering the Ortigueira estuary, we cross the towns of Cariño and the town of Ortigueira itself on the way to the next estuary, that of O Barqueiro. Precisely O Barqueiro is the name of the town where we will stop to eat. It is a small fishing village, one of the most beautiful towns in Galicia. A beautiful corner of the coast in one of the smallest estuaries in Galicia.

After this stop to replenish forces we will continue to discover the northernmost point of the Iberian Peninsula, the Cape of Punta Estaca de Bares. This place, in addition to offering us an exceptional panorama, is the place where the Atlantic Ocean and the Cantabrian Sea are considered to be located. The photo with the monolith showing the latitude of the place is essential, 43o47.173′.

Finally, before embarking on the way back, we will visit one of the best known points of this area of high estuaries in recent years, the Bank of Loiba, better known as “the best bank in the world” an absolutely charming place.

We will arrive again in the capital of Galicia around 18:30 with images in our retina that are difficult to forget.

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