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Long weekend Santiago and Galicia: wine, food and city

4 days
SpainSantiago de CompostelaGalicia
  • Explore Santiago de Compostela’s outstanding urban landscape, one of the most beautiful cities in all Spain
  • Discover the joys of fine Galician cuisine, modern as well as traditional
  • Sample great Galician wines in an authentic bodega in the old city of Santiago do Compostela
  • Taste top table wines at a renowned Galician winery
  • Enjoy the lush and green countryside of Galica’s Rías Baixas, one of Europe’s most alluring wine regions
  • Sojourn at exclusive hotels – in the historic centre of Santiago de Compostela, and on an estate in Galicia’s Rías Baixas wine region
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At the northwest corner of the Iberian Peninsula lies the Spanish region of Galicia. The land offers the visitor beautiful, intensely green landscapes, high forested hills, mountains, and vineyards. A shoreline similar to fjords whereby the estuaries are known locally as Rías Altas and Rías Baixas provides dramatic coastal scenery.

About Santiago de Compostela

Galicia has many beautiful historic sites, with the spectacular city of Santiago de Compostela very close to the Rías Baixas wine region a key attraction. This is certainly one of the most beautiful cities in all Spain. It is a famous ancient pilgrimage center and, thanks to a large and lively student population, remarkably unstuffy. There are many great places to eat and drink.

In a densely packed historic town, Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque buildings that grew around the St James Cathedral make for a very atmospheric cityscape – UNESCO World Heritage listed. Yet, it does not mean that the city got stuck in time. Through careful architectural additions a modern side to Santiago has been created with eye-pleasing projects from acclaimed architects Álvaro Siza and Peter Eisenman – like the Galician Center for Contemporary Art and the City of Culture cultural center.

About high quality seafood and fish

Galicia is famous for its great food. The seafood and fish here is hard to match in terms of quality and diversity. Think vieiras (scallops) mexillónes (mussels) xoubas (sardines), centollas (spider crabs) and pulpo – Galicia’s most famous dish may be Pulpo a la Gallega (Octopus dressed in olive oil and paprika). There is also an abundance of local meat dishes, and a tradition of making tasty cured hams and sausages. Rich and buttery local cheeses like the Tetilla are a good match for the local white wines made from the local Albariño grape, thanks to its spritzy quality and peachy fruit. Vistors to Santiago will find many excellent bistro-style eating house to savour Galego food and wine, stylish as well as traditional wine bars serving fine local white wines and fruit-driven reds are plentiful.

About Ribeira Sacra, Valdeorras and Rías Baixas wine regions

Galicia has some unique wine regions, like Ribeira Sacra, Valdeorras and Rías Baixas. The vineyards built on steep mountains in Ribeira Sacra, generate some wonderful red wines made from indigenous grapes like Mencia and Brancellao. Valdeorras has become well known for its beautifully balanced white wines from the local Godello grape.

The wines made in the lush and green coastal zone of Rías Baixas of Galicia are arguably Spain’s best whites. The main grape here is the aromatic Albariño, other varieties include Treixadura and Loureiro. Albariño wines with their fresh, peachy fruit are often drunk young, but then wines made from old vines tend to have excellent capacity for aging. The vines are trained on pergolas, so that the grapes are shaded from the sun during the hottest part of the year, and are far enough off the ground to protect them from roaming wild animals.

What can you expect from us

With our gastronomic break ‘Long weekend Santiagio de Compostela and Galicia wine region’ you will discover some of Santiagos’ gastronomic and cultural delights; you will also taste some of the region’s best wines at a wonderful winery in the Rías Baixas region. This 4 days / 3 nights experience is perfect for discerning travellers seeking fine wines, delectable cuisine and exclusive accommodation.

Galicia – Santiago de Compostela

You will stay 2 nights in an elegant and charming 5-star hotel located in a former medieval convent. The building has been recently refurbished, in a quiet contemporary style with charming period details. There is a pretty garden and a spacious outdoor terrace with fine views to the medieval city of Santiago.

The hotel is quietly located in the historic centre of Santiago. Rooms are large and very comfortable, the hotel has all the amenities one would expect of a very good place to stay. The old town of Santiago is just a short stroll away.

Galicia – Rías Baixas wine region

You will be staying 1 night at a lovely grand manor house, dating back to the 15th century. The house has recently been renovated, the 11 guest rooms are spacious and very comfortable. The decoration is in a calm traditional style, with some period furniture.

The house is located on a small estate in the delightful village of Cambados, a leading production centre for Albariño wine. There are lovely grounds, which incudes terraced gardens, a fruit orchard and a vineyard. It is a wonderful pace to unwind. The location is within easy walking distance of the historic centre of Cambados.

Dates 2017:

  • This gastronomic break is available throughout the year, except the month of August
  • Minimum number of guests is 2
  • To check availability for specific dates, please get in touch

The price for a 4 days (3 nights) gastronomic break for 2 people:

  • Euro 595 per person
  • Euro 145 single room supplement

The price for a 4 days (3 nights) gastronomic break for 4 people:

  • Euro 455 per person
  • Euro 125 single room supplement


What is included?

  • 2 nights’ accommodation 5 star hotel Santiago de Compostela
  • 1 night accommodation exclusive hotel / manor house in Rías Baixas wine region
  • 3 breakfasts
  • A private guided tour of Santiago de Compostela’s historic centre.
  • A wine tasting of Galician wines accompanied with finger food, in Santiago de Compostela
  • 1 tour & tasting at winery Galicia / Rías Baixas – including wines and soft drinks
  • 2 restaurant dinners Santiago de Compostela – including wines and soft drinks
  • 1 restaurant dinner Cambados in Rías Baixas wine region – including wines and soft drinks

It may be to easiest to fly into Santiago de Compostela’s airport.

There are many direct flights into Santiago de Compostela airports from many cities in Europe. For trans-Atlantic flights, it may be easiest to connect in Lisbon, Porto, Madrid or Barcelona. You may also fly into La Coruña and Vigo airport in Galicia in Spain, which offer several daily connections with main European cities. La Coruña is a 50 minute drive from Santiago de Compostela, Vigo a little over 1 hour. Both cities have train connections with Santiago de Compostela.

Another option is to arrive and depart via Porto. Santiago de Compostela is connected by very good roads to Porto; the drive between the two cities takes about two and a half hours.

Airlines flying into Porto and Galicia include TAP, Iberia, Vueling and Air France and British Airways. Booking early can be very advantageous.

Paladares Travel does not offer flights. We suggest you to book directly with one the many companies offering such services. However, if would like Paladares Travel to assist you in making arrangements, please let us know.

In order to get to the various wineries taking part in the tour, you may wish to rent a car or arrange for a private car service. Kindly note the pricing on our website does not include transportation, since it the cost is largely dependent on the number of people requiring such service. But of course we would be happy to organize a bespoke car service or rent a car on your behalf. If you would like Paladares Travel to assist you, please let us know.

Day 1
  • Arrival at Santiago de Compostela hotel.
  • The remainder of the day is at leisure to settle into your hotel, to explore on your own.
  • Dinner at a charming local Galician restaurant, a few minutes’ walk from your hotel. The restaurant is located next to the local farmers market, where the young, talented chef buys most of his produce. You will taste a selection of the chef’s signature dishes, in small/medium sized portions (tapas/raciones). All dishes will be paired with excellent local wines. Dishes may include artichokes with clams, roasted and stuffed peppers, lamb chops grilled over vine prunings, and Galician risotto with scallops and black mushrooms.
Day 2
  • Buffet breakfast.
    After breakfast a tour with a local guide through the oldest and most remarkable areas of historic Santiago. Strolling through the small alleyways and majestic squares you will enjoy the sights and sounds of this enchanting city with so many hidden nooks and crannies.
  • The tour will be off the beaten track, and your guide will share with you those facts and stories about the area which are not usually mentioned in guide books.
  • After the tour, you will have some free time to explore the town and do some shopping. Of course we will give you tips as to where to find local delicacies and local tapas bars.
  • At the end of the afternoon there will an introduction to Galician wines in a charming wine bar in an old town. A local oenologist will introduce you to the some of the best wines from the major wine regions of Galicia.
  • Dinner at a stylish modern restaurant in the city of Santiago, not far from your hotel. Here you will enjoy the signature dishes of a famous chef from Northern Spain. Dishes are light and pure – they may include scallops with beetroot foam, marinated guinea fowl with peas, razor clams with chorizo, lamb shoulder with saffron potatoes, or fillet of seabass with asparagus and tomato & onion confit. The wine list here is long and excellent.
Day 3
  • Buffet breakfast.
  • Check-out of the hotel in Santiago.
  • Depart for Cambados, a delightful historic fishing village in the Rías Baixas wine region close to Pontevedra. It is a short and beautiful drive away from Santiago. This village is the main production centre for the wines of Rías Baixas.
  • Arrival and check-in at manor house/hotel, located within walking distance of the village center.
  • At the end of the afternoon you’re invited to visit an elegant a 17th century baroque palace, home to one of the most emblematic wineries of Galicia. The winery is located in the centre of the village, a couple of hundred metres back from the waterfront. Here some of Spain’s top white wines are made. A tour of the splendid winery will be followed by a tasting of their renowned and delicious Albariño wines.
  • Dinner in a wonderful Michelin starred restaurant, located in an elegantly decorated typical Galician stone house within walking distance from your hotel. Here the chef offers a modern take on traditional Galician cuisine. You will enjoy the tasting menu from this talented chef; dishes may include scallop carpaccio dressed with paprika, air dried tuna (mojama) with almonds, skate with peas & lemon, beef cheek stewed in Galician espadeiro red wine.
  • The tasting menu will be complemented by beautiful Galician wines, as you become accustomed to.
Day 4

After breakfast the program ends.

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