11 days in Santiago de Compostela, Ribadeo & Cantabria Itinerary

11 days in Santiago de Compostela, Ribadeo & Cantabria Itinerary

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Santiago de Compostela
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— 2 nights
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— 6 nights
Bus to Bilbao, Fly to London Gatwick


Santiago de Compostela

— 1 night

City of Stone

As the site of the sacred cathedral that marks the end of the pilgrimage route of the famous St.
On the 11th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Santiago de Compostela. Casco Historico, don't miss a visit to Botafumeiro, then don't miss a visit to Plaza del Obradoiro, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Hostal dos Reis Católicos and then get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Santiago de Compostela vacation planner.

London, UK to Santiago de Compostela is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Santiago de Compostela. When traveling from London in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Santiago de Compostela, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ribadeo.

Things to do in Santiago de Compostela

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites


— 2 nights
Ribadeo is a municipality in the Spanish province of Lugo in Galicia. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): make a trip to Illa Pancha, stroll through As Catedrais Beach, then look for gifts at Antonio Diaz Bermudez, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Molinos Mazonovo, and finally see the interesting displays at Casa del Agua de Bres. On the next day, get great views at O Cargadeiro Ribadeo, then get to know the fascinating history of Conjunto Etnografico de Teixois, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Monasterio de Santa Maria de Meira.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Ribadeo driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Santiago de Compostela to Ribadeo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in February, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Espinama.

Things to do in Ribadeo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips


— 1 night
On the 15th (Sat), cruise along Urdon-Tresviso, take in the awesome beauty at Torre de Horcados Rojos, and then head outdoors with Picos Xtreme.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Espinama day trip website.

Traveling by car from Ribadeo to Espinama takes 3.5 hours. February in Espinama sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santander.

Things to do in Espinama

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Nature

Side Trips


— 6 nights

Spain's Most Elegant City

Known for its prime north coast location and elegant city center, Santander remains the central destination for tourism and commerce in the whole Cantabrian region.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santander: El Capricho de Gaudi (in Comillas), Santillana del Mar (Museo y Fundacion Jesus Otero & Museo de Altamira) and Bilbao (Casco Viejo, Room Escape Games, &more). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Peninsula of Magdalena, explore the historical opulence of Palacio de La Magdalena, explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva El Soplao, and take in the dramatic natural features at San Juan de Gaztelugatxe.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Santander trip builder tool.

Drive from Espinama to Santander in 2 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santander

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Galicia travel guide

Landmarks · Beaches · Sacred & Religious Sites
Still largely untouched by international tourism, Galicia offers outstanding seafood and a strong connection to the ancient Celts. Steeped in history, Galicia often feels far removed from the rest of the country, tracing its cultural ancestry to these Northern tribes, who began settling in the area about 3,000 years ago. Celtic traits remained ingrained in everyday life even during the period the region was part of the Roman Empire. Fiercely independent, Galicians take great pride in their cultural heritage and architecture, and well-preserved World Heritage Sites and other attractions are readily found in the region’s towns and villages. Its varied landscapes include spectacular sea views and rugged mountains.

Cantabria travel guide

Beaches · Zoos · Architectural Buildings
A region rich in archeological attractions, Cantabria is perhaps best known for Altamira cave, often called the "Sistine Chapel of Prehistoric Art." A land of lush vegetation and colorful artistic heritage, it’s also home to numerous nature reserves, mountain valleys, and short but very rapid rivers. Offering a little of everything, its sandy beaches and modern seaside resorts have brought about a boom in international tourism. Deeper inland, quiet country roads and an extensive network of trails offer a chance for leisurely sightseeing in this rugged region on foot, or by car or bicycle.