13 days in Cantabria, Asturias & Galicia Itinerary

13 days in Cantabria, Asturias & Galicia Itinerary

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Fly to Santander Airport, Drive to Noja
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Noja
Drive
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Santander
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Vicente de la Barquera
— 2 nights
Drive
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Llanes
— 2 nights
Drive
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Oviedo
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Coruna
— 1 night
Drive
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Sanxenxo
— 1 night
Drive
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Vigo
— 2 nights
Fly

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Noja

Noja is a municipality located in the autonomous community of Cantabria, Spain. On the 10th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Ris and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Trengandin.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Noja sightseeing planner.

Barcelona to Noja is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Barcelona in August, expect Noja to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santander.

Things to do in Noja

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Santander

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Mouro Island, stroll through Playa del Camello, visit a coastal fixture at Parque de Cabo Mayor, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Matalenas, then stroll through Playa de Los Bikini, and finally stroll through Playa de Loredo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Calle de Juan Infante, take a stroll through Plaza Mayor de Ramon y Pelayo, explore the fascinating underground world of cueva del castillo, then kick back and relax at Playa de El Puntal, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de La Arnia, and finally kick back and relax at Playa De Valdearenas.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Santander trip website.

Traveling by car from Noja to Santander takes an hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Vicente de la Barquera.

Things to do in Santander

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

San Vicente de la Barquera

— 2 nights
San Vicente de la Barquera is a municipality of Cantabria in northern Spain. On the 13th (Thu), kick back and relax at Playa de Oyambre, admire the striking features of Palacio de Sobrellano, enjoy the sand and surf at Comillas' Beach, then admire the landmark architecture of El Capricho de Gaudi, then stroll through Playa de Luana, and finally get outside with Monumento Natural de las Sequoias del Monte Cabezon,. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva El Soplao, see the interesting displays at Ferreria de Cades, examine the collection at Cueva de El Pindal, then kick back and relax at Beach of La Franca, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Meron.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Vicente de la Barquera trip planner.

You can drive from Santander to San Vicente de la Barquera in an hour. In August, daytime highs in San Vicente de la Barquera are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Llanes.

Things to do in San Vicente de la Barquera

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Llanes

— 2 nights
Llanes is a municipality of the province of Asturias, in northern Spain. On the 15th (Sat), kick back and relax at Playa de Poo, stroll through Playa de San Martin, kick back and relax at Playa de Torimbia, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Barro, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Cuevas del Mar, and finally Head underground at Cueva de Tito Bustillo. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Archivo de Indianos o Museo de la Emigracion, kick back and relax at Playa de Cubijeru, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Andrin, then kick back and relax at Playa de la Ballota, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Toro, and finally get outside with Paseo de san Pedro de llanes.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Llanes travel planner.

Llanes is just a short distance from San Vicente de la Barquera. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Oviedo.

Things to do in Llanes

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Oviedo

— 2 nights
Oviedo is the capital city of the Principality of Asturias in northern Spain and the administrative and commercial centre of the region. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): hike along Desfiladero Les Xanes, kick back and relax at Aguilar Beach, kick back and relax at Playa del Silencio, then explore the striking landscape at Cabo Vidio, and finally kick back and relax at Playa de Salinas. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at San Julian de los Prados, steep yourself in history at Tazones, enjoy the sand and surf at Beach of Rodiles, then explore the galleries of Ecomuseo Minero Valle de Samuno, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Mining and Industry.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Oviedo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Llanes to Oviedo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Oviedo are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Coruna.

Things to do in Oviedo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

La Coruna

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Refugio de Verdes, learn about all things military at Museo Militare Regionale, see the interesting displays at Castle of San Anton, visit a coastal fixture at Tower of Hercules (Torre de Hercules), then kick back and relax at Playa de Riazor, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro de Caaveiro.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the La Coruna online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Oviedo to La Coruna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sanxenxo.

Things to do in La Coruna

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Sanxenxo

— 1 night
Sanxenxo is a municipality in Galicia, Spain in the province of Pontevedra. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): stroll through Playa Area das Pipas, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Canelas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Silgar, then kick back and relax at Playa de Areas, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de la Virgen Peregrina.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sanxenxo trip site.

Drive from La Coruna to Sanxenxo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Vigo.

Things to do in Sanxenxo

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Vigo

— 2 nights
Vigo is a city and municipality in the province of Pontevedra, in Galicia, north-west Spain on the Atlantic Ocean. On the 21st (Fri), contemplate the long history of Castelo do Castro, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Rodas, kick back and relax at Playa Vao, then stroll through Playa de Patos, then kick back and relax at Playa America, and finally kick back and relax at Playa Samil. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Islas Cies, trek along Ruta de O Alto do Principe, then kick back and relax at Praia de Barra, and finally get outside with Guías Malouco -Turismo y Aventura-.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Vigo day trip planning tool.

Drive from Sanxenxo to Vigo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Vigo sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vigo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Cantabria travel guide

4.1
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.

Asturias travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Landmarks · Room Escape Games
With a dramatic coastline of nearly 600 beaches, a rolling countryside of deep valleys, and sleepy villages that provide a rustic backdrop, a holiday in Asturias can be as varied as you like. Fiercely proud of its ties to an ancient Celtic culture, the local population considers its part of the country the "real" Spain--this region was the only part of the country never completely conquered by the Moors. In many ways, the modern Spanish state grew right out of this unconquerable land. Today, Asturias possesses a huge number of pre-medieval attractions, many dating as far back as the 7th century. Numerous historical attractions scattered across the region’s rural landscape are World Heritage Sites, well-preserved remnants of Spain’s early Christian heritage.

Galicia travel guide

4.6
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.