What to see in Galicia in 5 days

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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In the north-west of Spain, Galicia is a beautiful autonomous community made up of 4 provinces: La Coruña, Pontevedra, Ourense and Lugo. Bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, it presents very different landscapes, ranging from vast beaches and towering cliffs to the greener inland areas.
Galicia is well known for Santiago de Compostela, a destination that has always attracted many visitors because it combines history, culture and breathtaking natural landscapes, without forgetting the profound religious value of its Way. But there are many other cities that deserve to be visited!

Here is everything you need to know about what to see in Galicia in 5 days!


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. How much does it cost 5 days in Galicia
  7. Before leaving: useful tips
  8. User questions and comments

1 day

On the first day visit La Coruña.

Morning discovering the old city: Obelisk Square, the majestic Piazza di Marìa Pita with the beautiful Casa Consistorial (Municipality) in modernist style, the Church of Santiago, the suggestive Azcàrraga Square and the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria (11: 00-13: 00). Before leaving the old city, head towards the Garden of San Carlos (8: 00-20: 00), a very pleasant romantic park inside an ancient defensive bastion from which you can enjoy a view of the city.

Lunch at Gloria Bendita Restaurante (average cost per person € 35,00).
Afterwards, walk along Avenida Rubine, Pontevedra square and Calle Juan Flórez, the shopping streets and overlooked by various modernist buildings. Pass by the renovated general market square, the square of Lugo and then reach the neighborhoods of Cantones de Méndez Núñez, one of the most classic and well-known areas of the city. Take a rest in the gardens and, if you have time and desire, take a look at the exhibitions of the Barrié de la Maza foundation in the surroundings or go to the Casino Atlántico.
Go down to the waterfront to admire the sunset from Tower of Hercules.

End the day with a dinner at Pulpeira O Fiuza (€ 15,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 8,2 km / 1 h 44 min
  • Places visited: Marìa Pita Square (free), Casa Consistorial (free), Santiago Church (free), Azcàrraga Square (free), Collegiate Church of Santa Maria (free), San Carlos Garden (free), Rubine Avenue (free) , Pontevedra square (free), Lugo square (free), Cantones de Méndez Núñez (free), promenade (free), Torre Ercole (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 50,00
  • A Coruña: tour of the old and new city

2 day

For this second day reach Muxía (90 km from A Coruña) and visit the sanctuary of the Virgin of the Boat (free, always open) where the apostle Saint James is said to have landed.

Then continue up to Finisterre, the end of the Camino de Santiago. The city is renowned for its excellent fish dishes. Have lunch here (for example at the O Pirata club, average cost € 15,00) and complete the visit with the city lighthouse.
Reach the village of Ézaro, famous for the beautiful waterfall and the Xallas River and then you get to Carnota, a town whose typicality is the horreo, a typical granary of the area.

Finally finish the day on the Costa della Morte, once inhabited by the Celts that, in the course of their passage, have left in these places myths and legends shrouded in mystery. You can recall these myths by admiring the abandoned wrecks.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 116 km / 2 h 17 min by car
  • Places visited: Muxis (free), Finisterre (free), Ezaro (free), Costa della Morte (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 30,00
  • Finisterre, Muxía and Costa della Morte: full-day tour Finisterre and Muxía: guided tour from Santiago de Compostela

3 day

Santiago de Compostela, a World Heritage Site since 1985 which has attracted visitors and pilgrims from all over the world for centuries, it has an immense historical and artistic heritage which can be admired walking through the arcaded streets and squares of the historic center.

La Santiago Cathedral it is certainly the main attraction; for pilgrims, hikers but also for simple tourists. A Gothic masterpiece, the Cathedral dominates the city with its richly decorated spiers and towers (9: 00-20: 00, free admission, rooftop tour € 12,00). There main square of the city, Praza de Obradoiro, it is very special because it is closed to traffic and trade. It is overlooked by elegant buildings including Pazo de Raxoi, the seat of the town hall and the Hostal dos Reis Católicos.

Have lunch in one of the many clubs present here, spending from € 10,00 to € 20,00, and then go to one of the many parks and gardens of Santiago.
We recommend the Alameda park, which is an exceptional viewpoint overlooking the old town. With a nice walk, head towards Santo Domingo de Bonaval, another beautiful park located in an ancient cemetery near which you will also find the CGAC, Galician Center of Contemporary Art (11: 00-20: 00, free admission).

For dinner you can stop at the Garum Bistro (average cost per person € 15,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,6 km / 36 min
  • Places visited: Santiago Cathedral (free + € 12,00 rooftop ride), Praza de Obradoiro (free), Alameda park (free), Santo Domingo de Bonaval (free), Galician Center of Contemporary Art (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 45,00
  • Santiago de Compostela private guided tour Santiago de Compostela: tour of the cathedral and museum

4 day

Start the day by visiting the Pontevedra old town, one of the best preserved historical centers of Galicia. Among the many monuments that you can admire, stop by the Ruínas de San Domingos (Tue-Sun 10: 00-14: 00 and 16: 00-20: 30) and the Capela da Peregrina.
Then move to Combarro, a picturesque town, a perfect example of popular architecture, characterized by a great variety of hórreo (ancient stone granaries) and crucero (ancient stone crucifixes). From here you can embark and participate in a boat ride (€ 13,00) that will allow you to visit the mussel farm on rafts and the Island of Tambo.

Have lunch at Asador Porta Do Mar (€ 20,00) and then head towards Playa de la Lanzada, one of the most famous beaches in Galicia: fine sand, 2,5 km of open sea, services and cleanliness, the elements that have earned it the Blue Flag for several years. Enjoy here a few hours of relaxation under the rays of the sun.

End the day with a visit to another characteristic locality: Cambados. Explore the Plaza de Fefiñáns, a charming space home to the th century palace that gave it its name, admire the arch-bridge, the Church of San Benito and a group of houses built in the typical popular architectural style.
Dinner in the elegant Yayo Daporta (€ 50,00)

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 42,5 km / 1 h 2 min by car
  • Places visited: Pontevedra (free), Combarro (free) and boat ride (€ 13,00), Playa de la Lanzada (free), Cambados (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 85,00
  • Rías Baixas: from Santiago, guided tour with cruise Rías Baixas: full-day tour and boat ride from Santiago

5 day

For this last day visit Vigo, the largest city in Galicia.

The patrol of the city can only begin with the Casco Vello, the historic center of Vigo, where you will find the Cathedral of Santa Maria, Praza de Constitucion, the most famous, and Praza de Pescaderia, where you can taste oysters. This is a neighborhood in revival and full of life, it is no coincidence that the nightlife is concentrated here.
Not far away, and easily accessible, is the marina, for a nice walk overlooking the ocean.

Have lunch at the Restaurant O Porton (35,00) and then dedicate the afternoon to visit of the green areas of the city. As mentioned, Vigo is very large, to get around you must use a taxi if you don't have your own vehicle or, where possible, buses.
O Castro is located within the walls of its fortress. To reach it you have to climb almost 400 steps but, once you reach the top, you can enjoy a priceless view!
The other most important park in the city of Vigo is Parque de Castrelos is a riot of flowers and ponds, and inside is the Pazo Quiñones de León museum, dedicated to Galician art, with free admission.

End the day and your holiday with an excellent dinner at Mesón Anduriña (€ 35,00)

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 6,6 km / 1 h 27 min
  • Places visited: Cathedral of Santa Maria (grautito), Praza de Constitucion (grautito), Praza de Pescaderia (grautito), marina (grautito), Parque de Castrelos (grautito), O Castro (grautito)
  • Daily shopping: € 70,00
  • Vigo: Galicia Food Tour Private Tapas Walking Tour with a Local

How much does it cost 5 days in Galicia

NB: The prices expressed in the table above are to be intended "per person".

A trip to Galicia is doable! Starting from the flight: many companies, including Ryanair and Vueling, fly to Santander and often you can find some good offers.
The region lends itself to being explored for this the best is to rent a car (one week from € 133,00).

There are several offers for sleeping. Keep in mind that Galicia has been an area frequented by faithful on pilgrimage for centuries, so if you have a very low budget, there is no shortage of religious reception points and hostels! On the other hand, however, it is possible to find good and high quality hotels in the cities and, in the countryside or in the villages, even wonderful farmhouses and b & bs. Also for eating the choice is wide. Adapting to the local style you can nibble on tapas (from € 1,00 to € 4,00) or, given that here you can find the best seafood in the world, you can indulge in a lobster dinner & C. in elegant restaurants. In addition to churches and cathedrals (almost always with free admission), the beauties of the region are naturalistic and therefore free of charge.

  • starting from € 65,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 20,00 per room -
  • Private tour in the center of Santiago de Compostela Finisterre, Muxía and Costa della Morte: 1 day tour A Coruña: tour of the old and new city
  • Total cost of 5 days, flight included: from € 455,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Galicia: from June to October, pleasant temperature and low rainfall. The highest average temperature is 24 ° in August and the lowest is 12 ° in January.
  • the main airports are Coruña, 8 km away, reachable by bus € 1,50 or taxi (taximeter + supplement € 3,60); Santiago 10 km away by bus € 3,00 or taxi (€ 0,50 for each piece of luggage); Vigo 9 km reachable by bus € 1,25 or taxi (taximeter + € 4,00 supplement)
  • the cities where to base (according to the chosen tour) are Pontevedra, Santiago de Compostella, La Coruña, Vigo, Lugo and Ferrol. There are accommodations of all kinds: religious accommodation facilities, hostels, farmhouses, hotels and campsites
  • Getting around: the best way is by car (own or rented). Transports (buses) are efficient but a little slow. The trains connecting the main cities are faster; however, the beauty of the region is to explore even the most hidden corners that can only be reached by your own vehicle
  • Recommended cards and passes: Coruña Card, includes free access or discounts and benefits in the main tourist attractions of the city. Costs: 24h at € 11,00, 48h at € 13,00, 72h at € 15,00

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