Galicia, Segovia, Lugo,
Vigo & Santiago
2nd to the 10th October 2018
– 9 days, 8 nights –
Led by Carol Mantle & Norman Peterken
On this Trip we will be visiting Chinchon, Segovia, Astorga, Lugo, Santiago, Vigo and O Grove for the Galicia Fish Festival. The trip will include 2 nights in Segovia, 2 nights in Lugo, 2 nights in O Grove and 1 night in Santiago before flying to Alicante on the last day. All the Hotels on this trip will be on a half board basis and include wine and water with the evening meal.
Day 1. We will leave Moraira heading for Segovia for our first night. En route we will be stopping in Chinchon for lunch. We will have a chance to discover the Plaza Mayor which was constructed in 1498. At the time of construction large squares were of an irregular shape and the houses surrounding the Plaza were owned by Farmers. Over the years the Plaza has been used for numerous activities such as theatre, bull fights, film sets and many other things.
After lunch we will continue on to Segovia. Our Hotel in Segovia overlooks the Roman Aqueduct. We should arrive and be settled into our rooms by late afternoon giving us time to freshen up before going out for the evening. There are numerous restaurants within easy walking distance from our hotel.
Day 2. In the morning there will be an optional trip to La Granja de San Ildefonso Palace. It became the summer residence of the Kings of Spain from the 1720s during the reign of Philip V. The palace is in a restrained Baroque style surrounded by extensive gardens in the formal Jardin a La Francaise style with sculptural fountains. It is now open to the public as a museum.
We will then go on to Pedraza, declared to be a Historic-Artistic Site in 1951, the village of Pedraza has one of the most beautiful main squares in Castilla y León.
On returning from the morning trip will be free to explore Segovia. There was a settlement on the sight of the city since Roman times but it is believed it was abandoned during the Islamic invasion. In 1088 the city began to be repopulated and in the Middle Ages the textile industry was founded. In 1474 Queen Isabella was crowned in the Church San Miguel, which is a beautiful Church and well worth a visit. The Church is situated off the Plaza Major.
Day 3. After leaving Segovia we will be making a stop for Coffee in Urueña. The town is located in the province of Valladolid, Castile and León, Spain. According to the 2004 census the town has a population of 213 inhabitants.
Uruena streets and stone houses have been restored to those of a medieval town. It still retains much of the city walls with two gates and the castle. The parish church, Santa María del Azogue, was built in gothic-renaissance styles.
We will continue on to Astorga and stop for a guided tour and lunch. Astoria offers a rich medieval legacy, the result of its location at the crossroads of: the Pilgrim’s Road to Santiago de Compostela and the Ruta de la Plata (Silver Road). Its walled town preserves churches, convents and hospitals which take travellers back to the purest tradition of the Pilgrim’s Road. Another outstanding feature in the town’s streets is a culminating work by the Modernist architect Antoni Gaudí: the Bishop’s Palace. Astorga is also a good opportunity for enjoying the rich cuisine of this area.
On our arrival in Lugo we go straight to the hotel with sufficient time to rest and a wash and brush up before going to the dining room for Dinner, which like all the other hotels includes wine and water on the table.
Day 4. We have planned an optional day trip from Lugo to Sarria and Ourense. However, you can stay in Lugo for the day if you prefer. It is the only city in the world to be surrounded by completely intact Roman walls, its circuit ringed with 71 towers. The walk along the top is continuous around the circuit, and features ten gates. These 3rd century walls are protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The bridge over the Mino is essentially Roman, though many repairs over the centuries have defaced its Roman character. During the Middle Ages Lugo, like Santiago de Compostela, was a centre of pilgrimage because its Cathedral had special privileges.
On this day trip Sarria is our coffee stop. For many people it is the start of 125 Km walk on the Camino Way finishing in Santiago. For those who do not feel they want to walk through the old town, which takes about half an hour, they can take a short walk along a pretty part of a river. Coffee will be available on whichever route you choose.
After our coffee stop we will proceed on to Ourense for sightseeing and lunch. The origin of the town can be traced to the Romans and the presence of hot springs called the Burgas. These can still be seen today. There was also the need to fortify the place to protect one of the easiest ways to cross the Miño River.
It was only under Sancho II and his sister Doña Elvira that the city was resettled during 11th century. Recently the city has made many efforts to provide new parks, bridges, fountains and geothermal spring installations to make the city more attractive.
Day 5. We will be heading toward O Grove for the Fish Festival but on the way we will visit Betanzos. The town is located in a fertile valley close to the Atlantic Ocean and it has one of the best preserved old quarters in Galicia. Opposite is a photo of St Francis Church, erected in 1387.
Other sights in the town are several town palaces, a 16th-century clock tower, and the town walls, which preserve three of their original four gates. Another interesting feature of Betanzos is the Park of Pastime. After lunch we will continue our journey to O Grove.
After checking into our hotel in O Grove, you will have time before dinner to wander around the Fish Festival. Every October since 1963, this busy fishing village of O Grove, located in the heart of the Galician Rias Baixas, has celebrated the now traditional Festa do Marisco.
Stands offering an amazing array of locally and freshly caught seawater delicacies, prepared before your eyes by the villagers. They are located in the extensive covered fish-market down by the quay where smart, long pine trestle tables are set up – there are no chairs unfortunately, you stand up but that’s part of the fun. Amongst the delicacies on offer are oysters, clams, razor-fish, prawns, octopus, crab and especially the O Grove mussels which the area is renowned for.
Day 6. After breakfast you can either go on the optional day trip or spend the day at the Fish Festival or discover more of O Grove. There is plenty to see in this pleasant Galician Fishing Village.
We will be starting the day trip with a stop for coffee at the beautifully located Parador in Baiona. The Parador was built on a promontory overlooking the Atlantic Sea and has breath taking views.
The day trip will continue with lunch in Vigo. We will leave the bus in the Port and walk up through the Old Town. Since the middle ages Vigo has been a major port and has support of a major fishing industry. Across the bay is a large canning factory which exports sardines all-round the world. Unlike other large Cities such as Pontevedra or A Coruña Vigo has grown without consideration being given to an overall plan. Vigo Cathedral can be found in the Old Town and is called Concatedral de Santa Maria.
We continue our trip to the last stop of the day Combarro, which is amongst 100 of Spain’s prettiest villages. It is a perfectly preserved architecturally and the great environment of the river makes Combarro one of the most beautiful villages of Galicia. At the end of the visit we will return to O Grove for dinner.
Day 7. On this day there will be free time and at some stage during the day there will be a boat trip out to the mussel farms which is accompanied by a tasting and local entertainment in traditional costume.
Day 8. After breakfast in O Grove we will head off to the beautiful ancient city of Santiago de Compostela. We should arrive in time for a guided tour of the Old Town. The most famous landmark is the Cathedral in which legend has it, holds the remains of the Apostle James. Santiago is the site of the University of Santiago de Compostela established in the early 16th century. Within the old town there are many narrow winding streets full of historic buildings.
Day 9. After breakfast you will have free time in the morning to do a bit more exploring in Santiago.
We will be leaving Santiago at 1pm and it will take about half an hour to get to the airport for our flight to the Costa Blanca. Depending on our flight time we would expect to arrive in Moraira at about 7pm
The cost per person will be about €705
depending on the number of people taking part.
Single room supplement: €125.
At the moment we have based prices on the flights available this year but when the Schedule is released we may have to pay more, therefore, we will have to charge a surcharge to cover the difference.
To secure a place, please pay a deposit of €100 per person at the Travel Desk at the next general meeting.