13 days in Galicia, Asturias & Cantabria Itinerary

13 days in Galicia, Asturias & Cantabria Itinerary

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Vigo
— 2 nights
Drive
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O Grove
— 1 night
Drive
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Santiago de Compostela
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ribadeo
— 1 night
Drive
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Llanes
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santander
— 2 nights
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Vigo

— 2 nights
Vigo is a city and municipality in the province of Pontevedra, in Galicia, north-west Spain on the Atlantic Ocean. Step out of the city life by going to Cabo de Udra and Guías Malouco -Turismo y Aventura-. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Samil and Praia de Rodas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vigo: Cies Islands (Islas Cies & Ruta de O Alto do Principe). The adventure continues: stroll through Foz Estuary and kick back and relax at Praia de Barra.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Vigo road trip site.

Barcelona to Vigo is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Barcelona in August: high temperatures in Vigo hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to O Grove.

Things to do in Vigo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

O Grove

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ermita de San Sebastian, kick back and relax at Praia da Lanzada, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Area das Pipas, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Moreiras, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Castineiras.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our O Grove driving holiday planner.

Getting from Vigo to O Grove by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in O Grove can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Santiago de Compostela.

Things to do in O Grove

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Santiago de Compostela

— 3 nights

City of Stone

As the site of the sacred cathedral that marks the end of the pilgrimage route of the famous St.
Visit Caion, A Laracha, A Coruna, Galicia and Playa de Morazon for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Refugio de Verdes and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Tower of Hercules (Torre de Hercules) in La Coruna (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela and don't miss a visit to Plaza del Obradoiro.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago de Compostela trip planner.

Drive from O Grove to Santiago de Compostela in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August in Santiago de Compostela, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ribadeo.

Things to do in Santiago de Compostela

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Ribadeo

— 1 night
Ribadeo is a municipality in the Spanish province of Lugo in Galicia. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Frexulfe, then look for gifts at Mar de Sensaciones, then stroll through As Catedrais Beach, and finally stroll through Playa de Llas.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ribadeo day trip planning app.

You can drive from Santiago de Compostela to Ribadeo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Ribadeo are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Llanes.

Things to do in Ribadeo

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Llanes

— 3 nights
Llanes is a municipality of the province of Asturias, in northern Spain. We've included these beaches for you: Playa de Poo and Beach of La Franca. Escape the urban bustle at Playa de Gulpiyuri and Playa de Torimbia. Change things up with these side-trips from Llanes: Lake Covadonga (in Cangas de Onis), River Rafting & Tubing (in Arriondas) and Cueva Del Buxu (in Cardes). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Picos Xtreme, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bufones de Pria, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Oyambre, and explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva El Soplao.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Llanes journey planner.

You can drive from Ribadeo to Llanes in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Llanes are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santander.

Things to do in Llanes

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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 21st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de La Arnia, then get to know the resident critters at Parque de la Naturaleza de Cabarceno, and then kick back and relax at Playa Primera de El Sardinero. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Peninsula of Magdalena.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Santander trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Llanes to Santander takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Santander are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Santander

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches

Side Trips

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.

Asturias travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Landmarks · Churches
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.

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.