Wonders of Santiago de Compostela & Rías Baixas

Wonders of Santiago de Compostela & Rías Baixas

Taste the flavours of Santiago de Compostela and its adjacent wine region during a short break

Tour Highlights


This is a bespoke gastronomic break, available throughout the year, Minimum number of guests is two. Our itinerary can be altered to suit your flight schedule and duration desired.


The price for a 4 days (3 nights) gastronomic break for 2 people: Euro 775,- per person sharing a double room.


  • 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 – with wines  / soft drinks
  • 2 restaurant dinners Santiago de Compostela – including wines & soft drinks
  • 1 restaurant dinner Rías Baixas wine region – with wines / soft drinks

Not included:

  • Air fare
  • Travel insurance
  • Car rental & chauffeur services
  • NB: Upon request we can add airport transfers and / or a personal driver service for your visit to the wine country.


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  known locally as Rías provide dramatic coastal scenery.

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 cured hams and sausages. Rich and buttery local cheeses like the Tetilla are a good match for the local Albariño white wines , thanks to its spritzy quality and peachy fruit. Visitors 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.

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.

Galicia has some unique wine regions, like Ribeira Sacra, Valdeorras and Rías Baixas. 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.

Your Itinerary

  • Arrival at your charming Santiago de Compostela hotel, perfectly located. 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 a 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.
  • After breakfast a tour with a local and enthusiastic 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.
  • After buffet breakfast, check-out of you Santiago hotel. Depart for Cambados, a delightful historic place in the Rías Baixas wine region. It is a short and beautiful drive away from Santiago. This town 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 town 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  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 brisket in Galician espadeiro red wine. The tasting menu will be complemented by beautiful Galician wines, as you have become accustomed to.
  • After breakfast the program ends.

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 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 a delightful Rías Baixas town, 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 town centre.

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.

Paladares Travel does not offer flights. We suggest you to book directly with one the many companies offering such services.

As of day 3 in our itinerary you would need a car. Of course we would be happy to organize a bespoke car service or rent a car on your behalf. 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. If you would like Paladares Travel to assist you, please let us know

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