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From Santiago: Finisterre, Muxia & Costa da Morte Excursion

1. From Santiago: Finisterre, Muxia & Costa da Morte Excursion

After getting picked up from your hotel in Santiago de Compostela, begin your journey along the Galician coast. Your first stop will be at a traditional Galician village. Here, head to the top of a Roman bridge where you can admire breathtaking views of the river. Next, head to Muxia Lighthouse, where you can visit the famous sanctuary and head to the top of the lighthouse for a unique coastal experience. Continue your tour with a visit to the region's most important lighthouse, Finisterre. From atop of this picturesque lighthouse, admire panoramic views of what was considered by the Roman's to be the end of the earth. Break for lunch in the town of Finisterre before heading to the Ezaro Waterfall, the only waterfall that arrives directly into the ocean. Later, head to Carnota, where you can see the largest horréo, an old granary suspended by pillars, in existence. Finally, head to the village of Muros, a traditional coastal village. Enjoy some free time for a coffee or stroll around the main square before heading back to Santiago.

Santiago de Compostela: Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour

2. Santiago de Compostela: Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour

Skip the line and discover the Romanesque architecture of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela with an expert guide. Explore the Cathedral and its museum and gain a greater insight into the final stop on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. Admire the beautiful interiors of the Cathedral across four floors. See notable features of the Cathedral including the Chapel of the Relics, the Royal Pantheon, the Treasury, the Chapter Library, the Botafumeiro, and the Obradoiro balcony. Learn more about the construction and destruction of the Cathedral throughout the centuries. Hear of the legends and historical facts associates with the Cathedral with your official guides.

Santiago de Compostela: Finisterre, Muxia & Costa da Morte

3. Santiago de Compostela: Finisterre, Muxia & Costa da Morte

Begin the tour with a visit to Ponte Maceira, a charming little town that is an obligatory stop for pilgrims who travel on their journey towards the “end of the world”. Admire its 14th-century bridge over the Tambre river and see the picturesque sets of medieval mills. Next, head towards the coast and enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the coast of Carnota. Drive by the beautiful coastal landmarks of Lira, Carnota Beach, Boca do Río, Mount Pindo, and Cape Fisterra. After, arrive at Ézaro, where the river Xallas falls into the sea forming a waterfall, the Ézaro waterfall, probably the most famous in Galicia and unique in Continental Europe. Continue to Cape Fisterra (Finisterre) once believed to be the westernmost point in Europe, where the lighthouse and kilometer zero (Km 0) of the Camino de Santiago is located. Here, eat lunch and get free time to walk around the town and its fishing port. Resume the itinerary and head to Muxia where you will be met here with a beautiful Sanctuary at the foot of the Atlantic and with three stones considered sacred by the Galicians. On the way back to Santiago, explore one of the largest barns on the Costa da Morte. The “Hórreo” of San Martiño de Ozón dates from the 16th century and is located next to a 12th-century Romanesque church and a small monastery now converted into a hostel for pilgrims.

Cape Finisterre & Costa da Morte Day Tour from Santiago

4. Cape Finisterre & Costa da Morte Day Tour from Santiago

Take a day to get to know the Costa da Morte and the most rugged Atlantic coast facade in Galicia. Discover places of unique and stately beauty, such as Ponte Maceira and Muros, which has the privilege of owning an authentic marine quarter. Muros, with its beautifully restored old town, maintained its original image and now is its own sign of identity against the excesses of the coastline. The next stop is Ézaro in the extreme south of the Coast of Death. The waterfall of Ézaro is the only waterfall in Europe where fresh water pours directly into ocean. See Cape Finisterre Lighthouse, the westernmost area of Europe. Since ancient times, this place was considered by the Romans to be the end of the earth. Here you can enjoy stunning views of the cliffs, brave the waters of the Atlantic, and also take some free time for lunch in the town of Finisterre. Finally, discover another essential point, Muxía, a typical fishing village well known for its Virxe da Barca sanctuary, a baroque building built in the 11th-century chapel with a balcony facing towards the sea. Do not miss the opportunity to discover one of the most unique areas of Galicia.

From Santiago de Compostela: Guided Tour of Cies Islands

5. From Santiago de Compostela: Guided Tour of Cies Islands

Get out of the city and explore the stunning Cies Islands on a day trip from Santiago de Compostela. Visit the Playa de Rodas, go for a hike in the beautiful scenery, and learn about the island on a guided tour. Meet your guide in Santiago de Compostela and board a bus to Vigo. From there, hop on board a catamaran and sail to the Cies Islands. After arriving at the islands, join your guide for a 1-hour walking tour of the island. See the stunning beaches and learn about this sliver of paradise. Next, enjoy free time to explore the island. Relax on a beach, go for a swim, or explore one of the many hiking paths. Choose a local cafe or restaurant to enjoy a meal and a drink in before returning to the catamaran. Board the boat and head back to Vigo, where you'll disembark and board a bus to return to the starting point in Santiago.

Finisterre, Muxía and Coast of Death: Full-Day Cultural Tour

6. Finisterre, Muxía and Coast of Death: Full-Day Cultural Tour

Departing from Plaza Galicia at 9:00 AM, head to Pontemaceira, a medieval bridge on the way to Finisterre. Arrive at Cape Finisterre, the end of the Camino de Santiago. Enjoy lunch in the town of Finisterre, known for its delicious seafood and visit the Finisterre Lighthouse. After lunch, continue to Ézaro Village to see its beautiful waterfall and river Xallas before going to Carnota. In this small town, learn from your guide about the horreo, a typical construction in the area. On the Coast of Death, discover leftover shipwrecks while hearing about the land of legends, inhabited by Celts who left countless stories wrapped in mystery. End the tour at 06:30 pm back at the starting point.

Excursion to Ribeira Sacra from Santiago de Compostela

7. Excursion to Ribeira Sacra from Santiago de Compostela

Depart Santiago by bus at 8:30 AM and head north to the province of Orense, where your guided tour through the Ribeira Sacra will begin. Discover how the name of this region, which means Sacred Riverbank, comes from the Middle Ages when many monasteries were scattered across the slopes of these rugged landscapes. Upon arrival, board a catamaran that will take you through the River Sil canyons. For 1.5 hours, enjoy the characteristic landscape of the area, and see the enormous walls that rise up to almost 500 meters high. During the cruise, have the opportunity to sample some traditional wine. Then, disembark and continue towards some of the viewpoints in the northern part of the Ribeira Sacra. After admiring these views, visit the San Esteban de Ribas de Sil monastery. The monument is currently used as a Parador Nacional de Turismo, known as a luxury hotel located in a historic building, and still preserves several elements from the original building. Next, stop in Orense's historic center, which holds importance in Galicia for its thermal baths. Walk through its cobbled streets and discover the secrets of its famous bridges. Finally, end the day with return transport to Santiago by around 6:30 PM.

Santiago de Compostela Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour

8. Santiago de Compostela Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour

Explore the history and art of Santiago de Compostela on a guided tour of the cathedral and its museum. One of the 3 most important centers for Catholic pilgrims in the Christian world, Santiago de Compostela Cathedral has historically been a place of pilgrimage on the "Way of St. James" (Camino de Santiago) since the early Middle Ages. Enter the magnificent monument to discover why, as your guide takes you to see the tomb of Saint James and much more. Look at the resplendent main altar and the intricate chapels surrounding it, and learn about the rituals and traditions. Hear about the historical and architectural importance of the cathedral, and further your knowledge in the museum where permanent collections are complemented by temporary exhibitions.

Santiago de Compostela Full-Day Tour From Porto

9. Santiago de Compostela Full-Day Tour From Porto

Discover 2 beautiful cities of southern Europe on a full-day sightseeing tour from Porto, crossing the border into Spain to explore the pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, and returning via Valença do Minho. One of the most important pilgrimage destinations in the world, Santiago is best known for the Caminhos de Santiago (St. James Way) pilgrim trail following the cult of St. James. Upon arrival, you will visit the magnificent 11th-centuty cathedral, dedicated to the apostle. Originally built in a Romanesque style, today the cathedral is an amalgam of harmonious influences. You will have the opportunity to attend mass if you wish, and there will be free time for lunch and a stroll in the UNESCO World Heritage city center. In the afternoon, drive back to Porto, stopping at Valença do Minho, an historical village in the north of Portugal, located right on the border between Portugal and Spain. Valença was important during the middle ages, with a privileged view to the line boarder it was several times harassed by Spain. Being also part of "Caminhos de Santiago". The city is dominated by the fortress of two tours and a double wall projected in Vouban Style - a well known Engineer and French military architect. Enjoy your return by visiting this amazing historical village!

NEW! Santiago de Compostela: Cathedral & Museum Private Tour

10. NEW! Santiago de Compostela: Cathedral & Museum Private Tour

The tour begins at the Cathedral's Museum which, along its four floors, has some of the most curious and beautiful pieces of art that can be found in these lands. The ground floor of the Museum has four rooms in which we will see remains that were found in the different archaeological excavations, the map that will help us understand the different constructions that have existed where the cathedral complex stands today, or the spectacular stone choir of Master Mateo. On the first floor we have various examples of religious iconography such as busts, statues or wooden carvings, both of the Apostle Santiago in his three versions (pilgrim, soldier and Saint), which we will tell you about, as well as different biblical characters. Upon reaching the second floor, we will leave the cloister aside to focus on the Library, with the famous Codex Calixtinus and the Chapter House. Later we will arrive at the third and last of the floors, completely dedicated to different tapestries from both the Flanders school, as well as the so-called Goya Tapestries made in the Royal Tapestry Factory of Madrid. From the balcony you can enjoy one of the best views from above of the Plaza do Obradoiro. Afterwards we will go back to the second floor to visit the cloister and from where we will directly access the Cathedral without having to wait on line. (Exception made if a special event is taking place as can be a Royal Visit of the King and Queen of Spain). We go to the temple to enjoy its different chapels, as well as the main altar, the tomb of the apostle, the Botafumeiro or the Holy Door. We make the tour according to your needs and we adapt to your preferences.

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This was a wonderful trip., very well organised, good quality transport with a very safe driver.Enjoyed our different stops .Our tour guide was exceptional. She was very knowledgeable and entertaining. I felt it was great value for the price.One of the best tours I've ever been on .

We really enjoyed this guided tour in Santiago de Compostela. Our guide Maria Betty provided very useful information for the history of the city and of the monuments and helped to enjoy our visit to Santiago.

We had an excellent guide, very knowledgeable and willing to adjust the focus of the tour to our interests. Thank you for making our visit to Santiago de Compostela so memorable.

Cathedrale de St Jacques de Compostelle est magnifique, beaux paysages pour y aller, notre chauffeur André Vidal était parfait, bon repas varié

Excellent was the dedication and guidance of Alberto, our guide We enjoyed life a lot