Off The Beaten Track From Barcelona to Santiago in 10 days
The concept of this itinerary is to provide a trip where you will enjoy the cosmopolitan life as well as beautiful landscapes and local life along the way. We are focused on an itinerary that will focus on the main places to visit from Catalonia to Galicia, getting to know the hidden gems these areas have to offer. Full of life and treasures you will enjoy getting to know the not so known areas of Spain. For the second time traveler that would like to discover the other side of Spain, the almost virgin land which will surprise you in many different ways. With a great mixture of historical and cosmopolitan accommodations you will enjoy and discover the hidden side of Spain.
Day by Day Itinerary and suggested Accommodation
Day 1: Arrival and private transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the city at your own pace. Discover the Gothic quarter with its great gastronomic treasures and walk to the Barceloneta where you can enjoy a beautiful stroll facing the sea.
Accommodation for two nights at: Hotel Arts *****
Day 2: Day Free at leisure. Discover this beautiful city’s, Gaudi´s monuments and the beautiful views from the Guell Parc.
Day 3: Check out and car rental at the Rental Car Station. Let’s begin your adventure getting out from the city and having an easy road trip to the south of Catalonia. We recommend you stop at the beautiful coastal city of Tarragona, known for its history with the roman culture. Then continue your trip to an estate house with its tower dating from 1449 surrounded by its own eighty-nine hectare farm, romantic gardens and bordered by the river Tastavins.
Accommodation for two nights at: Hotel La Torre del Visco Relais & Chateaux *****
Day 4: You will enjoy a full day of activities from activities to choose from as Hiking or Horse Back Riding.
Day 5: After check out you will commence your road trip to the Basque Country. This will be a long day, but completely worth it, take your time, savor the day and know that there is no timelines to reach San Sebastian. Stop by the city of Zaragoza and stroll through the city, then continue to the city of Pamplona ( except in july) where the famous running of the bulls fiesta takes place and going there with your car will not be a good idea!. Finally reach your destination in San Sebastian.
Accommodation for two nights at: Hotel Villa Soro ****
Day 6: Take time to discover the city. Talk to us if you would like us to organize a Pintxo tour, very recommended. Let us know if you would like us to reserve any Michelin Star restaurant reservation this is the place to do so!.
Day 7: After Hotel Check-out your costal trip will commence full of beautiful natural resources. On the way we recommend you stop at the magnificent city of Bilbao where we will enjoy a tour with your expert guide of the Guggenheim Museum then continuing your trip through the Cantabrian Coast passing by a small very beautiful town of Santillana Del Mar with an outstanding collegiate church and then continuing to our final destination Oviedo the capital of the Asturias region.
Accommodation for one night at: Hotel Reconquista *****
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Day 8: Off Day at leisure. Discover Woddy Allens favorite city, stroll through the city center and its beautiful San Francisco Park. In the afternoon road trip will start to Galicia’s Capital Santiago de Compostela.
Accommodation for two nights at: Hotel Quinta da Auga Relaiz & Chateaux *****
Day 9: Day at Leisure in Santiago de Compostela.
Day 10: Check out and drop off at Santiago’s airport of rental car.
CITIES AND TOWNS ON THE ITINERARY
If you wish to know a bit more about the places to go
Catalonia: One of the most charismatic regions of Spain. Known by strong traditions and for being particular different from the rest of Spain. An own language (Catalan) and a remarkable cultural art legacy, embodied by the stunning works of Antoni Gaudí and Salvador Dalí, places Catalonia as a world reference. A marked geographical diversity: spectacular beaches and an impressive mountain landscape allows a wide range of vacation activities. Prepare yourself for a world-class gastronomy, a Mediterranean flavour experience with outstanding traditional recipes.
Barcelona: The capital of Catalonia, is located at the Mediterranean Sea in the very north of the Spanish coast. With an old history heritage, here you will find monuments of Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance periods. From the legendary modernist architecture legacy by Antoni Gaudí to the spectacular coastline that opens the city to the Mediterranean, Barcelona and leader in leisure and cuisine seduces the visitor in numerous ways. Strolling around the streets will bring surprises at every turn. Pedestrian streets in the old quarter, green spaces, and a splendid seafront with a range of modern facilities are a reflection of its multi-faceted character. Barcelona has cleverly succeeded in embracing its past without forgetting its commitment to the future. A city that is always pulsating creativity and life.
Tarragona: On the shores of the Mediterranean, Tarragona is a fascinating mix of Mediterranean beach life, Roman history and medieval alleyways. Spain´s second-most important Roman site, Tarragona’s as a wealth of ruins, including a seaside amphitheatre. The towns medieval heart is one of the most beautiful designed in Spain, its maze of narrow cobbled streets encircled by steep walls and crowned with a splendid cathedral. Here you can make countless trips, like the one that brings visitors to get to know one of the best preserved Cistercian monasteries, which is also a World Heritage Site: the monastery of Poblet. This is a cultural option added to those offered by a coastline on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea: seaside towns, tasty fish and seafood and any number of water sports.
Zaragoza: A vibrant, elegant and welcoming city. Located on the banks of the mighty Río Ebro. Founded by the Iberians, would later be Roman, then the royal Arab capital and even the Christian capital of the medieval Kingdom of Aragon. The historical sights span all the great civilizations that have left their indelible mark on this towns soul. Amongst several unique monuments, you shall not miss the UNESCO classified Cathedral-basilica of Nuestra Señora del Pilar, where is said that, the Virgin Mary appeared in AD40; and the natural Park of the Monasterio de Piedra, that offer great views of luxuriant green landscapes and water cascades, and where is located the 12th century Cistercian Monastery, embellished with different architectural styles. Here you’ll also find a Wine museum and the exhibition about the history of chocolate production that will leave you mouth-watering.
Navarra: An autonomous region of Spain where you can discover a land of diversity, tradition, history and a festive atmosphere. From the magnificent green silhouette of the mountains, you can smell the aroma of the traditions and the local colourful festivities of this region: religious processions, bull–running festivals and Carnival are events with a land of tradition. Gastronomy is something that you can enjoy in this region too. Besides that, the tradition of this region is made by the roads: a lot of them have centuries of history which are Roman roads and the castle-migration. The Way of Saint James is the principal mark of these routes that shows the customs and traditions of these lands.
Pamplona: The capital of the tradition and modernity live harmony with a significant collection of monumental buildings covered by its churches and historic streets and squares. If you like history, you shall not miss the Castle Square surrounded by amazing 18th century buildings that is the highlights of the visit to Pamplona. You will also be delighted with varied and traditional Navarre cuisine and their traditional festivals too. If you like to know better the people of Pamplona, visit the city during the Sanfermines festivities: in honour of the city’s patron saint these festivities include a running in front of the bulls in the streets of Pamplona.
Basque Country: Located in northern Spain, is well known for its really diverse landscapes. Between wild and isolated beaches, kissed by the Atlantic Ocean, and high and Rocky Mountains, you will be captivated by its natural wonders. Rich in History and Culture, Basque Country has its own language, the Euskara, considered one of the oldest languages of Europe. Due to the ocean breeze, you can expect moderate temperatures, even when the rain falls – something that is not so rare among the region.
"Santillana del Mar": An impressive medieval city, perfectly preserved and with a strong cultural heritage. Get ready for a travel to the past: its bright cobbled streets will make you feel like you are back to the 16th century.
Bilbao: A unique city, surrounded by dense forests, high mountains and beautiful beaches. It is a privileged destination, where past meets future. Historic monuments, like the Cathedral-Church of Bilbao and the Basilica of Begoña, both from the 16th century, coexist with modern architectural projects, like the Guggenheim Museum and the Isozaki Towers, buildings that are catching the World’s attention. These recent investments have been crucial for the regeneration of the city as a dynamic metropolis.
Guggenheim Museum: Opened its doors in 1997, bringing a wave of energy to Bilbao, completely transforming the city. Nearly a million people travel from anywhere in the world, not only to see the incredible collection of modern and contemporary art, but also to admire the stunning architecture of the building, already named “a masterpiece of the 20th century” and “the greatest building of our time” by the critics.
San Sebastian: A charming and romantic city. Concha Bay is its most iconic site, with a big promenade along the sea, where locals and tourists go to enjoy the beautiful view. Keep in mind that San Sebastian is the place where you will like to eat. The city, besides being popular among surfers, is also well known for its remarkable culinary scene: from the seven restaurants in Spain awarded with 3 Michelin stars, three are in San Sebastian.
Cantabria: A beautiful region in the North of Spain, full of wonderful mountainous landscapes and with an impressive number of beaches along its coast. With a remarkable cultural heritage, you can expect to find a unique set of important monuments and, of course, a very rich and typical gastronomy. And don’t forget: beneath its highest mountains, Cantabria hides an amazing network of caves, considered as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
Asturias: It’s said to be the true Spain, because it was the only territory that not succumbed to the Moorish invasion. Here you’ll have a perfect combination of culture, nature and gastronomy. The first thing to catch your attention when you travel to the region in what is known as Green Spain is its outstanding scenery framed by the Cantabrian Moutains. The landscape highlights are certainly the Picos de Europa National Park, and at one of its most legendary sites: The Covadonga Lakes. The Asturians are ambassadors of the cult of good food. Here you can be delighted with fresh seafood, the Cabrales cheese, the typical Asturian bean stew known as fabada and cider made from local apples. Its cultural attractions include a range of important monuments, some declared World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO, and a wide range of spectacular prehistoric art sites. Let yourself be amazed by the sound of the Asturian Bagpipe, the most characteristic instrument in traditional music of this autonomous community.
Oviedo: Closely linked to the Asturian monarchy since its foundation in the 8th century, becoming the capital of the Kingdom. This fact has left an unquestionable medieval flavour in the “Old Oviedo” the historic quarter, where you can admire grand, lovingly restored administrative and religious buildings that render the city among the most attractive in the north. Oviedo also boasts three small 9th century churches that rank among the most remarkable in Spain, built in a style unique to Asturias. The Asturian capital, throughout the city are excellent bars and friendly sidrerías (bars specialized in cider).
Galicia: Although being a part of Spain’s mainland, is an autonomous community with its own cultural heritage and peculiar climate and geography. Located in the north western corner of the country, Galicia has the particularity of being bathed by the Atlantic Ocean and the Cantabrian Sea, resulting in a temperate climate. This region is divided in four different provinces, and each one of these has a lot to offer to its visitors. Well known for its history, tradition, culture and architecture, this “green” side of Spain will amaze you!
Santiago de Compostela: The capital of Galicia and therefore its showcase. This city knew how to expand in harmony, combining tradition with contemporary, bursting in life, commerce, services and culture. Declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1985, amongst others, we recommend a visit to the majestic Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela itself and to the rest of the complex which comprises a museum, excavations, the Portico de la Gloria and the Corticela Chapel. A stroll on the old town can’t be missed, where you will have the opportunity to experience the local gastronomy and get a true feeling of the city, with its convents, churches, palaces and museums.
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